Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite are the first smartphones in the new youth-focussed Redmi Y-series of smartphones launched by Xiaomi. The highlight of the former is the 16-megapixel front camera, complete with a LED selfie light. The Redmi Y1 Lite is similar to its sibling in specifications but features a 5-megapixel camera in front, and looks like a rebranded Redmi Note 5A; Xiaomi is promoting the Lite model as the large-screen phone worth buying under Rs. 10,000. Alongside the phones, Xiaomi also announced the availability of the MIUI 9 Global ROM - early November for Redmi Note 4, Mi MIX 2, and Mi Max 2, with other smartphones set to get it by end of the month.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 price in India is Rs. 8,999 for the variant with 32GB storage and 3GB RAM. There's another variant of the phone, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, priced at Rs. 10,999. As for the Redmi Y1 Lite, the phone comes in only one configuration with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, and is priced at Rs. 6,999. Both handsets will be available via Amazon India, and will go on sale via Amazon and Mi.com on November 8. After that, the handsets will be available via offline stores as well.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1's biggest highlight, as we mentioned, is its 16-megapixel front camera. This comes with and LED selfie-light, for better selfies in low light conditions. The company is also touting the Beautify 3.0 feature on it, which helps beautify selfie photos. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The new phone has been launched in Gold and Dark Grey colour variants.
The dual-SIM Xiaomi Redmi Y1 will receive its MIUI 9 update in November, and sports a 5.5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 435 SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone bears a 13-megapixel camera with PDAF and dual-LED flash.
There is 32GB of inbuilt storage on the Xiaomi Redmi Y1, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) with its own dedicated card slot. It has standard connectivity options, including 4G VoLTE. It is powered by a 3080mAh battery. It weighs 153 grams, and measures 153x76.2x7.7mm
Coming to the Redmi Y1 Lite, the phone has a 5.5-inch HD screen and 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor. This dual Nano SIM phone has a dedicated microSD card slot and supports storage expansion up to 128GB. The resolution for the rear camera is 13-megapixel, with LED flash and PDAF, while the front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor. Its battery capacity is 3080mAh, and it features an IR blaster as well.