Xiaomi's Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite went on sale for the first time on Wednesday and have garnered an impressive response from consumers in India. Manu Kumar Jain, VP Xiaomi and Managing Director Xiaomi India, claimed that the first sale on Wednesday saw over 150,000 units sold in less than three minutes.
The smartphones were made available exclusively via Amazon India and Mi.com on Wednesday. Jain also announced that the next sale will take place on November 15. Notably, Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite will hit the shelves in offline stores as well. Both Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite launch with MIUI 8 out-of-the-box, but are assured to get their MIUI 9 updates this month itself.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 price in India starts at Rs. 8,999 for the 32GB storage and 3GB RAM variant, going up to Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. 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.
The Redmi Y1's biggest highlight 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.