Xiaomi recently launched the much awaited MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat along with the Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite. For the first time in india these two entry level phones are on sale on Amazon and Redmi’s official page. They will also be availbale on offline stores.
The new devices are youth focused budget smartphones and are available for purchase from today. We must warn you though. The Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite are not smartphones that can power thorugh the most demanding apps. The Redmi Y1 is more selfie centric and the Lite is a more basic version which seems to be the India equivalent of the Redmi note 5A.
Disappointingly, both devices will be shipped with MIUI 8 out of the box. You might have to wait till the end of this month to get MIUI 9. Also keep in mind the Xiaomi is yet to roll out Android Oreo to any of its devices – that’s a huge let down – but then again, Xiaomi historically never updated its devices on time.
The Redmi Y1’s price in India starts at Rs 8,999 for the 32GB model and goes up to Rs 10,999 for the 64GB model. The Redmi Y1 Lite comes in a 16GB variant only, coupled with 2GB RAM and is priced at Rs 6,999.
Specs-wise, the Y1 is clearly the winner – seriously, who designs a phone with 16GB in 2017 even if it is a budget device?
The Redmi Y1’s front camera is the top draw with its 16 MP front camera. It also comes with a LED selfie flash light. Xiaomi is also touting the Beautify 3.0 feature on it to make your selfies look prettier. The Y1 also comes with a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.
Besides that, it sports a 5.5 inch HD display with Gorilla glass protection and it powered by a Snapdragon 435 octacore chipset with 3GB RAM.
Coming to the Redmi Y1 Lite, the phone has a 5.5-inch HD screen and a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor. This dual Nano SIM phone has a dedicated microSD card slot and supports storage expansion up to 128GB. 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.Finally we come down to the ultimate question. Should you buy it? Well the Redmi Y1 is certainly a good choice with its selfie cam and flash, also the RAM on board is enough for both variants. Unfortunately, the Y1 Lite’s 2GB RAM is crippling. The quad-core Snapdragon 425 is unlikely to win medals for heavy gaming but should get you through the day for daily tasks. The Redmi Y1 has a better chipset and will offer better a gaming experience. Though MIUI 9 optimises app load times, the low RAM will affect the Y1 Lite’s multitasking performance in the long run while its more powerful sibling won’t face such issues.