Xiaomi has announced a brand new smartphone series in India, with the first 2 members of the pack dubbed the Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite. The lineup focuses on selfies while keeping costs low.
The Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite are actually renamed versions of the Redmi Note 5A Prime and Redmi Note 5A, respectively, which came out a few months ago in China. These names can get pretty confusing, so it makes sense for the brand to spin the two off into a new series entirely in India.
The Redmi Y1 gets its selfie chops from a 16MP front-facing camera that does its duty accompanied by an LED light unit. It’s got an aperture of f/2.0 and a 76.4-degree wide-angle lens. There are 36 beauty profiles to choose from, in addition to real-time beautify tools while video chatting.
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Like other Chinese OEMs, Xiaomi’s chosen to downgrade the rear shooter in comparison to the front one. The 13MP primary snapper present on the phone gets by on PDAF, an aperture of f/2.2, and LED flash. A Snapdragon 435 processor is present at its heart and there’s a fingerprint scanner at the back.
As for the Redmi Y1 Lite, the smartphone is very similar to its counterpart in terms of both looks and specs. However, it’s gotten saddled with a slower Snapdragon 425 SoC, a 5MP selfie camera, no fingerprint scanner, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of ROM.
Specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi Y1:
– OS: Android 7.0 Nougat-based MIUI 8 (upgradable to MIUI 9)
– Display: 5.5-inch, 720 x 1280 pixels
– CPU: Snapdragon 435
– GPU: Adreno 505
– Storage: 32GB/64GB, expandable up to 128GB
– RAM: 3GB/4GB
– Camera: 13MP rear, 16MP front
– Battery: 3080mAh
– Weight: 153g
– Size: 153 x 76.2 x 7.7mm
– Connectivity: 4G, dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, GLONASS
The Redmi Y1 is priced at Rs 8999 for its 3GB/32GB option and Rs 10999 for its 4GB/64GB one. The Redmi Y1 Lite is only available in a 2GB/16GB model at Rs 6999. Both are hitting Amazon India and Xiaomi’s site on November 8.