Xiaomi, Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has taken the mobile industry by the storm in last one year is ready for another smartphone launch. The company mostly targets the Asian market where China and India are its favorite. According to the recent financial numbers, Xiaomi is top smartphone seller in India since Q4 2017 by replacing Samsung. The USP of the company is giving the users all the possible latest tech at the affordable range and with the same approach, it launched Redmi Y1 back in November 2017. The smartphone is equipped with a powerful processing unit available in this range with an alluring design.
In addition, Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is claimed to be best the selfie camera from the company due to its super cool front camera. Considering the price and specifications of the Redmi phone on paper the device looks perfect for mid-range category users. In order to know whether the phone is really a device that users want in their hand by paying less or it just another failed promise, we have reviewed the phone. So let's check out our Redmi Y1 review and know is it deserve to be your first choice or not.
At first glance, I confused the Redmi Y1 with Redmi Note 4 and I am pretty sure you will make the same mistake too. There is no surprise that it carries the same body language of the Xiaomi’s other smartphones. The 5.5-inch display has a small bezel support containing the capacitive touch screen navigation buttons at the bottom. The smartphone is quite light while holding which is due to the large plastic used in its manufacturing. The chrome look at the side and back panels gives it metallic back design. The volume key and the power button is on the right side which is also made up of plastic. The front 16MP camera is placed perfectly with the LED flash for selfies and video calls. Th rear 13MP camera is positioned at the top right corner with a LED obviously. The fingerprint sensor at the center and it is position well, your finger can easily find it at the back. There is a micro-USB for the charging at the bottom with the speakers on it's both the side.
I like the phone’s build quality as it feels great in hand in spite of having plastic mostly in the body. Every component is placed perfectly well with respect to the user's interface.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 has given a larger display by the company compared to the Redmi Note 4. The 5.5 inch IPS LCD with full HD+ display comprises a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla glass 3 for the protection. The display is capable of supporting a 720 X 1280 pixels resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone comprises a 72.5 percent of the screen to body ratio that is the best in this budget. The experience with the display was quite good, the images and videos I watched seems to be coming out with the full-color range and feels alive.
The camera is the component of the Redmi phone on which the company bet while launching the Redmi Y1 and it turned out well. The front camera is the star of the Redmi phone and Xiaomi claims it to be perfect for snapping beautiful selfies. There is 20MP powerful front camera placed at the right position for taking a selfie and video calls. Redmi Y1 is among the very few smartphones offering such Mega Pixel camera sensor. The front LED flash is a bonus that makes the selfies more refined and high quality for the selfie lovers.
The rear camera of Redmi Y1 offers a 13MP sensor having f/2.2 aperture and PDAF support. The camera also possesses the features including phase detection autofocus, HDR, panorama mode and touch to focus. The images that I took from the smartphone was up to the mark, however, the autofocus takes a bit longer to adjust for the perfect snap.
Xiaomi has made sure that the mid-range smartphone does not suffer from the performance point of view. Redmi Y1 comprises a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset that is powered by a 1.4GHz Cortex A53, Octa-Core processor. The Redmi phone is available in two different variants including 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and a 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage.
Redmi Y1 runs on the Android 7 Nougat with the regular updates from the company and its supported by the Xiaomi's MIUI 9.0. The company’s own user interface also receives regular fixes and updates for enhancing the experience.
I have operated the 3GB RAM variant of Redmi Y1 that worked really well, there was no lag or slowing down and tried some apps too. I didn't find any problem while switching between the apps and all worked smoothly. However, the high-resolution games like Asphalt and PUBG are pretty hard to play on this device but the overall experience was good. There is one more thing, the MIUI 9.0 takes over the Android in the smartphone and offers pretty much good options. If you are regular MIUI users then you will be pleased, but if you are addicted to Android One or any other OS skin you need to adjust to the new platform.
Xiaomi’s this smartphone comes with a non-removable 3080 Li-Ion battery that is enough for keeping the device alive for a long time. During my experience with the Redmi Y1, I have tested the battery under different conditions and found it lasing upto almost 240 hr at standby mode and upto 75 hr on music play mode. On the other hand while playing games and interacting more continuously its lasted for a whole day which is good. However, the battery lacks the quick charging option may be due to phone’s low price.
Xiaomi has taken a good step by offering selfie-focused smartphone without compromising with the phone’s performance. Redmi Y1 performance was up to my expectation with all the perspective. The camera is amazing in the daylight and also works great even in the low light. MIUI works smooth and you will be used to it within a day and there is no bugs or hindrance for the processing side of the phone. In addition, you can't stop yourself without taking a number of selfies with so much amazing front camera. However, the phone has to compete with in-house rival, the Redmi Note 4 that comes at the same price and offers bigger battery. But, Redmi Y1 get more point for a bigger screen and the super cool front camera, so if you like to keep your social media profile alive with selfies the phone is the best choice for you.
Where to buy: MSRP $164.00
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.
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