Xiaomi usually went with the basic 5+13-megapixel camera setup on Redmi phones but this one looks like a special case where users can get a good selfie camera on a budget device. Its target is to obliterate the competition from offline specific brands like Oppo and Vivo. Starting November 3, the MIUI 9 will roll out to Mi max 2, mi mix 2, and other Xiaomi phones. The back of the phone is made of plastic but it does not look cheap and nearly looks like metal with its subtle shine. The dual Nano SIM phone supports storage expansion up to 128GB. On the other hand, Redmi 4A comes with two internal storage options (16/32 GB) and supports expandable storage up to 128 GB. The lighter variant of the Redmi Y-series will weigh at a little 150 grams.
Because of its 5.5-inch display and fairly big bezels around it, the phone actually feels a bit big. Of course, this is still at HD resolution (720p) and not at 1080p. The lack of the full HD didn't really bother us during our limited use with the device. We can't comment on the picture quality yet. The display will be one of the major selling points of both the devices and while Honor has already implemented the latest display technology with the launch of Honor 9i and it is now up to Xiaomi on how correctly it will implement the newest display trend. The main feature of the handset seems to be its selfie camera.
Xiaomi claims the rear-camera comes with enhanced low-light capability as well. The Y 1 lite skips the 16MP front camera for a 5MP front sensor priced at Rs 6999. The lite variant is powered by Snapdragon 425.
The device runs on Android 7.1 Nougat based MIUI 8 out of the box and will soon receive the MIUI 9 update.
The MIUI 9 was first revealed back in July this year, but the stable version of the Global ROM is just coming out. The photo editor lets you manually hide/blur people in the background of a photo that you've clicked without needing third-party software/app. It'll also allow the users to switch positions of the apps in a single step and tons of other features.
There's also another feature called "Catchlights" that adds an extra sparkle to your eyes when you click selfies.
MIUI 9 also focuses on faster app launches and a smoother UI with reduced latency. That is something we will be able to comment after some thorough multitasking.
Combined with a large 3080mAh battery, it should keep the lights on for up to 10 days of standby, 10 hours of video playback or 21 hours of reading, which ain't too shabby.
When it comes to pricing and availability, the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 with 3GB RAM & 32GB internal storage variant has been launched in the country with a price tag of Rs. 8,999, while the top-end variant with 4GB RAM & 64GB internal storage has been priced at Rs. 10,999.