Xiaomi announced its budget oriented Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite back in November 2. It was supposed to go on sale on November 8. However, the company missed the original date for some reasons. Finally, with a wait of two months, the Y1 and Y1 Lite went on sale on Amazon.
Both the Y1 and the Y1 Lite smartphones sport a metallic body construction and 5.5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. The display gets Corning Gorilla glass protection for those accidental drops. The phones run on the latest MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat 7.1.2 out of the box.
The Redmi Y1 packs a 16 MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. It can capture 76.4-degree wide angle shots and has an LED selfie-light. The rear camera is a 13 MP one with f/2.2 aperture with an LED flash. The Y1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC which hosts a 64-Bit octa-core CPU clocked at 1.4 GHz, which also does duty on the earlier launched Xiaomi Redmi 4.
Unlike its previously launched devices, Xiaomi plonked in a dedicated microSD card slot and dual-SIM trays on the Y1. It gets a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3,080 mAh battery under its hood. The Redmi Y1 comes in two memory variants 3 GB and 4 GB. The base model is priced at Rs 8,999 and the 4G variant will cost you Rs 10,999. It comes in Gold and Dark Gray options.
The Redmi Y1 Lite being the cheaper of the two is powered by a lower spec’d Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC (System on Chip) paired with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It features a dedicated microSD card that can hold 128 GB additional storage. The front selfie shooter is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with a 3,080 mAh battery. The Redmi Y1 Lite comes at an aggressive price tag of Rs 6,999 and is available in Gold and Dark Gray options.