Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Design
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 After watching, it can be said with confidence that the impression of the Xiaomi family is clearly visible. If you consider it to be Xiaomi Redmi 4 at first glance then there will be nothing shocking in it. 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 the Redmi Y1, you will get a 16 megapixel front camera with selfie flash. At the bottom of the screen are capacitive touch buttons for navigation.
This phone with 153 grams is quite light and Xiaomi has used plastic to keep the weight down. Chrome highlights give the feel of being 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 edge at the top and the fingerprint sensor has a place in the center. The scanner's position is convenient. There is a sim tray on the left edge. You will get 2 nano sim slots. Apart from this, there is also a separate slot for microSD card to increase storage.
There is a microUSB port at the bottom, while at the top there is a secondary mic and headphone jack for noise cancellation in addition to the IR blaster. We liked the build quality of the Redmi Y1. Xiaomi has used good quality plastic that feels premium. The retail box of the handset is simple. The box has a SIM ejector tool, a 10 watt charger and a micro-USB cable.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 specifications and features
To speed up this phone, the company has used Snapdragon 435 processor. Using the same processor Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Review). The highest clock speed of this octa-core processor is 1.4 GHz. There are two variants of Redmi Y1. It comes with a 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. At the same time, the second one is with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. Whether you choose any variant. You have the facility to use microSD card up to 128 GB.
The 5.5-screen HD of this phone is of 720×1280 resolution. There is a 2.5D Curved Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. An important feature of the Redmi Y1 is the 16-megapixel front camera, which is equipped with a selfie flash. There are very few phones with this type of sensor on the front panel in the market. The front flash makes the phone even more attractive. There is a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF and F / 2.2 aperture on the rear.
The Redmi Y1 battery is 3080 mAh. This is very low 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 SIM slots support 4G and VoLTE. But only one SIM will be able to use 4G network at one time.
We have got a variant of 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage for review. It was running on the MUI 9 beta based on Android Nougat. MIUI 9 has many new features. Early buyers of Redmi Y1 will get MIUI 8. The stable version of MIUI 9 will become available in the coming weeks. The UI will be updated, but it is not clear whether Xiaomi will update the Android version. If you have used MIUI before then the updated user interface will be easily understood. But if you have used stock Android or any other skin, then you will take some time to get started with it. The interface of the settings has changed somewhat and the MIUI app handles permissions in a slightly different style. As soon as you are introduced to this user interface, you will get 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 ParvatApp and Facebook on your phone. The phone also has a reading mode which makes the color tone of the screen slightly warm. Because of this, using the phone at night becomes more convenient. Many of Xiaomi's apps 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 us know that we were using MIUI 9 beta. It is possible that things may change a bit in the final build.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 performance and camera
Given the reliable hardware, there is nothing surprising in that the experience of using Redmi Y1 was good. After fast fingerprint scanning, the phone is unlocked instantly. Apps also launch faster. We liked the accurate color reproduction and viewing angle of the Redmi Y1 screen. You can change the color temperature of the display to your liking. The phone also handles multitasking strongly. Overall, we liked the software and hardware juggling in this phone from Xiaomi.
During testing we played Clash Royale, Asphalt 8 and Prime Peaks games. The phone did not have any problem in running these games. The phone did not get too hot while playing the game. However, we found battery consumption to be faster.
The battery of the Redmi Y1 is average. The phone lasted for about a day in common use. In our HD video loop test, its battery lasted for 9 hours 45 minutes, which is very less compared to Xiaomi Redmi 4's 14 hours 20 minutes. If battery life is a priority for you, then Redmi 4 seems to be a better option.
The camera app of Redmi Y1 is the same as other phones of Xiaomi. You have several modes to choose from, such as Panorama, Beauty and Manual. The app has a quick toggle for HDR and Flash, which is a handy feature. The selfie camera has a quick toggle for beauty mode. There was no lack of detail in the pictures taken in daylight and the colors were also very accurate. Camera performance is not very good in low light. The phone is able to keep the noise level low, but the pictures do not like it. You will need steady hands to take a usable photo.
The most important feature of this new series of the company is the selfie. We tested the front camera under different conditions. Photos were sharpened in daylight, but when zoomed in, they looked very grain. Selfie flash proves to be effective in low light. Portrait shots are good, but grains still appear in the background. Photos become better due to the beauty mode. But there is no wow … 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 is fully capable of most tasks. MIUI 9 is quite smooth and users will get used to it soon. Camera performance is good in daylight, but average in low light. Talking about selfie, Flash proves to be helpful and the beauty 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 equal and most of the hardware features are also similar. Redmi 4 has a metal body and a more compact body provides a larger battery. But the Redmi Y1 has a bigger screen and front flash as well. If selfie is most important for you, then Redmi Y1 can be purchased. If not, Redmi 4 is still at the forefront of this price.