Mumbai: Leading phone manufacturer, Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite smartphones as the first members of its new Redmi Y-series, with the target audience as the youth of India.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite both handsets will be available via Amazon India, and will go on sale via Amazon and Mi.com on November 8. Later on both the handsets will also be available via offline stores.
In terms of specifications and features, the two phones are similar to the Redmi Note 5A and Redmi Note 5A Prime, which were launched in August this year in the China market. The new phones are being seen as a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 5A series.
The biggest highlight of the Redmi Y1 is its 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 Redmi Y1 price in India
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is priced in India is at Rs. 8,999 for the phone with 32GB storage and 3GB RAM. There's another variant of the phone, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, priced at Rs. 10,999.
Redmi Y1 Lite price
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.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 specifications
Besides, 16-megapixel front camera, Xiaomi Redmi Y1 comes with 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 runs MIUI 9, 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 weighs 153 grams, and measures 153x76.2x7.7mm
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite specifications
Redmi Y1 Lite has a 5.5-inch HD screen, MIUI 9 software 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, and also features an IR blaster.
Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite both come with a 3080 mAh battery. Xiaomi’s latest Redmi Y1 series comes at a time when the company is already number two in the market, and closing the gap against market leader Samsung.