Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Design
After looking at the Xiaomi Redmi Y1, it can be said with confidence that the imprint of the Xiaomi family is clearly visible. If you consider it to be Xiaomi Redmi 4 at first glance, then nothing will be surprising in this. Take the phone in your hands and you will realize that it is bigger than Xiaomi Redmi 4. It has a 5.5 inch display. In Redmi Y1 you will get 16 megapixel front camera with selfie flash. At the bottom of the screen are capacitive touch buttons for navigation.
This 153-gram phone is very light and to keep the weight down, Xiaomi has used plastic. Chrome highlights give the feel of having a metal back plate. But the rear and sides are made of plastic. The power and volume buttons are also plastic. The 13-megapixel primary camera and flash are on the top edge and the fingerprint sensor is placed in the middle. The position of the scanner is convenient. On the left edge is the SIM tray. You will get 2 nano sim slots. Apart from this, there is also a separate slot for microSD card to expand the storage.
There’s a microUSB port at the bottom, while the top features an IR blaster and a secondary mic and headphone jack for noise cancellation. We liked the build quality of the Redmi Y1. Xiaomi has used good quality plastic which gives a premium feel. The retail box of the handset is simple. The box includes a SIM ejector tool, a 10W charger and a Micro-USB cable.
Specifications and features of Xiaomi Redmi Y1
To give speed to this phone, the company has used Snapdragon 435 processor. This processor has been used in Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Review). The highest clock speed of this octa-core processor is 1.4 GHz. There are two variants of Redmi Y1. One comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. At the same time, the second one is with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. Whichever variant you choose. You have the facility to use a microSD card up to 128 GB.
The screen of this phone is 5.5 with HD 720×1280 resolution. There is 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. The key feature of Redmi Y1 is the 16-megapixel front camera, which is equipped with a selfie flash. There are very few phones in the market with this type of sensor on the front panel. The front flash makes the phone more attractive. On the rear, there is a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF and F / 2.2 aperture.
The battery of Redmi Y1 is 3080 mAh. This is very less compared to the 4100 mAh battery of Xiaomi Redmi 4. For connectivity, Xiaomi Redmi Y1 has Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. Accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, hall sensor and gyroscope are part of it. Both the SIM slots support 4G and VoLTE. But only one SIM will be able to use the 4G network at a time.
We have got a variant with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage for review. It was running on MIUI 9 beta based on Android Nougat. There are many new features in MIUI 9. The initial buyers of Redmi Y1 will get MIUI 8. The stable version of MIUI 9 will be available in the coming weeks. The UI will be updated, but it is not clear whether Xiaomi will update the version of Android or not. If you have used MIUI before, the updated user interface is easy to understand. But if you have used stock Android or any other skin, then it will take some time for you to get used to it. The settings interface has changed somewhat and MIUI also handles app permissions in a slightly different way. As soon as you get acquainted with this user interface, you will love the MIUI.
You will get new features like Dual Apps. With its help, you will be able to run two accounts simultaneously in apps like WhatsApp and Facebook on your phone. The phone also has a reading mode which makes the color tone of the screen a little warmer. Because of this, it becomes more convenient to use the phone at night. Many apps of Xiaomi will also be pre-installed. Apart from this, the company also has its own store. There is a theme support, with the help of which you will be able to change the look of the phone in a few seconds. Let’s say that we were using MIUI 9 Beta. It is possible that things may change slightly in the final build.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Performance and Camera
There is nothing surprising in the fact that the Redmi Y1 was a good use considering the reliable hardware. After scanning the fingerprint quickly, the phone gets unlocked instantly. Apps also launch faster. We liked the accurate color reproduction and viewing angles of the Redmi Y1’s screen. You can change the color temperature of the display according to your preference. The phone also handles multitasking firmly. Overall, we liked the combination of software and hardware in this Xiaomi phone.
During testing, we played Clash Royale, Asphalt 8 and Prime Peaks. The phone did not face any problem in running these games. The phone did not get too hot even while playing the game. However, we found that the battery consumption was fast.
The battery of Redmi Y1 is average. The phone lasted for about a day in normal use. Its battery lasted for 9 hours 45 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is very less than the 14 hours 20 minutes of Xiaomi Redmi 4. If battery life is a priority for you, then the Redmi 4 seems like a better option.
The camera app of Redmi Y1 is similar to other phones of Xiaomi. You have several modes to choose from, such as Panorama, Beautify, and Manual. There are quick toggles for HDR and Flash in the app, which is a handy feature. The selfie camera has a quick toggle for Beautify mode. There was no dearth of detail in the photos taken in daylight and the colors were also quite accurate. Camera performance is not very good in low light. The phone manages to keep the noise level low, but the pictures are not good. You’ll need steady hands to take usable photos.
Selfie is the most important feature of this new series of the company. We tested the front camera in different conditions. Photos came out sharp in daylight, but they look very grainy when zoomed in. Selfie flash proves to be effective in low light. Portrait shots are good, but grains are still visible in the background. Photos get better because of the Beautify mode. But there is no wow thing in the front camera.
If seen, Redmi Y1 is the first attempt by Xiaomi to make a selfie-centric phone. The hardware is reliable and fully capable of most of the tasks. The MIUI 9 is quite smooth and users will soon get used to it. Camera performance is good in daylight, but average in low light. Talking about selfies, the flash proves to be helpful and the Beautify mode also works to some extent. But the output is not always good.
The biggest challenge for Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is the company’s own Xiaomi Redmi 4 handset. The price of Redmi Y1 and Redmi 4 is almost the same and most of the hardware features are also the same. Redmi 4 has a metal body and a more compact body gets a bigger battery. But the Redmi Y1 has a bigger screen and front flash too. If selfie is most important to you then Redmi Y1 can be bought. If not, then Redmi 4 is still at the forefront at this price.