Xaomi Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite: Review, Full Specs and Price

Xaomi Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite Review

Xaomi just released their new selfie-focused series, Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite for those on a budget. The series was solely built to dominate the selfie market, thanks to its 16MP front shooter. Although if you decide to get the Y1 Lite, the front camera packs just 5MP.

Xaomi Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite DESIGN

The Redmi Y1 is definitely a beauty, it looks like Apple’s iPhone 6. At the back, you can spot two lines, one at the top and one at the bottom. With the fingerprint sensor placed strategically at the middle.

Xaomi Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite

It features the 2.5D curved glass design with an aluminium and metal cover. Although the Lite model doesn’t come with 2.5D curved glass. The Redmi Y1 Lite weighs just 150g and is 7.55mm thick, while the Redmi Y1 weighs just 153 grams and has 7.7mm thickness.

Xaomi Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite DISPLAY

Xaomi Redmi Y1 sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 91.6% screen-to-body ratio. With 720x1280pixels resolution and pixel per inch density being as high as 236. Redmi Y1 is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Although the Lite version has 71.5% screen-to-body ratio and a higher 267 pixel per inch. The navigation buttons were placed physically on the body and not on the screen. Overall the display on the Redmi Y1 is not too bad for a midrange device.

Xaomi Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite

HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE

This was meant to be a selfie-focused smartphone, but it looks like Xaomi focused on the hardware too. It packs the Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435, with Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53. In terms of RAM and internal storage, there are 3 versions, so whatever your financial status maybe, you can get your hands on the Redmi Y1.

There’s the 64GB internal storage/4GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage/3GB of RAM and the Lite version which packs 16GB internal storage and 2GB of RAM. Of course, they can all be upgraded to 256GB with microSD. Xaomi Redmi Y1 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS with the new MIUI 9.0 skin.

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CAMERA

Xaomi Redmi Y1 was designed as a selfie device, as it houses 16MP super selfie camera at the front. The front camera takes beautiful selfies, the company boasts. The back camera was pegged at 13MP, with phase detection, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR and panorama.

If you are getting the Lite version, just know the front camera has just 5MP. Bummer right?

BATTERY

Xaomi Redmi Y1 is powered by a 3080mAh Non-removable battery.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Xaomi Redmi Y1 is available for Pre-order for just $170 for the 64GB ROM/4GB RAM version, that’s about N65,000 – N80,000. $140 for the 32GB ROM/3GB RAM version, that’s about N55,000 – N70,000. The Redmi Y1 Lite is just $115, that’s about N45,000 to N55,000.

Full Specification Of Xaomi Redmi Y1

LAUNCH

・Announced: 2017, November 2
・Status: Coming soon. November 2017

NETWORK

・Network Technology: GSM / WCDMA / LTE
・3G Support: Yes
・4G Support: Yes
・GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800/1900
・WCDMA: 850 / 900 /1900/2100MHz
・LTE: Band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), Band 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), Band 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
・Number of SIM Card: 2 (Nano)
・Dual SIM Support: Yes

DESIGN

・Dimensions: 153 x 76.2 x 7.7 mm
・Color: Dark Grey, Silver, Rose Gold, Gold
・Weight: 153g

DISPLAY

・Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
・Size: 5.5-inch
・Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
・Pixel Density: 226ppi

SOFTWARE

・OS: Android 7.0
・Processor: Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
・Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435
・GPU: Adreno 505

STORAGE

・Card slot: Yes, with microSD 256GB
・Internal: 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM/ 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM/ 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM

CAMERA

・Primary: 13MP
・Secondary: 16MP (5MP for Lite)
・Flash: Yes, with LED Flash

FEATURES

・Wifi: Yes, 802.11 b,g,n
・Bluetooth: Yes, 4.2
・Fingerprint Sensor: Yes (Rear)
・Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

BATTERY

・Capacity: 3080mAh
・Standby Time: 240h
・Talktime: 32h
・Fast Charging: No

Posted by Joseph Young

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