Xiaomi is targeting social media buffs with its new selfie-centric smartphone, the Redmi Y1. Xiaomi Redmi Y1 smartphone was launched in November 2017. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels. The screen size makes it ideal for reading e-books, browsing the web or watching movies on the go. The screen is also protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Scratch Resistant display.
There are hardly any design flaws in the Redmi Y1. Its well built, looks good and is lighter than most big screen phones, The Canvas Infinity has a plastic body, but doesn’t feel cheap. Its thin-bezel design look more refreshing and stands out in the segment. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM, What this means is the processor has Octa cores in the CPU and 3 GB of RAM ensures the phone runs smoothly with multiple applications open simultaneously. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. It is a capable processor and can handle most everyday tasks such as Web browsing, social media, video streaming and even some of the new games such as PES 2018 without any hiccups. However, it is not in the same league as the 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor (used in Redmi Note 4) which is faster and more battery efficient. The Canvas Infinity runs on a slightly inferior 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 comes with a 16-megapixel front camera with lamp flash. The front camera has an aperture of f/2.0, and can record video at up to 1080p resolution. The rear camera on the phone is a 13-megapixel snapper with phase detection autofocus, single-tone LED flash and 1080p video recording. The camera has features like Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR and panorama shot.
The Redmi Y1 runs Android 7.1 with MIUI 8 on top. It is likely to get the MIUI 9 update in a few days. Xiaomi hasn’t announced the time for Android 8.0 update yet. MIUI 9 brings in lots of new features such as the split screen mode which allows users to shuffle the position of the apps. It is powered by a 3080mAh non removable battery, which can last a full working day if you don’t stress it too much and the device can deliver 240 hours of standby time, 32 hours of talk time and music play for over 75 hours. It measures 153.00 x 76.20 x 7.70 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 153.00 grams. . In terms of colour options there is gold and dark grey. The fingerprint sensor is placed in the back and falls nicely in the range of the pointing finger when you are holding the phone.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Y1 at a starting price of $140 for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version going all the way to $170 for the top-end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version. Based on paper specs, it would seem like the Redmi Y1 is mish-mash of the Redmi 4A and the Redmi 4.