Xiaomi has launched a selfie centric smartphone in a new series called the Redmi Y1.

This handset comes with a 16MP camera on the front and is powered by Snapdragon 435 octa core processor. It packs in a non-removable 3080mAh battery. Check this Redmi Y1 review to get an idea about how the handset performed and if it is worth the price starts at Rs, 8,999

Key Specifications:

  • The smartphone will be available in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants
  • Display: 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixel resolution)
  • Chipset: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, Adreno 505 GPU
  • Memory: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage
  • Camera
  • Rear: 13-megapixel lens with ƒ/2.2 aperture, LED flash, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
  • Front: 16-megapixel sensor with 76.4-degree wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, Beauty mode
  • Battery: 3080mAh
  • Operating System: MIUI 9 Beta based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • Size: 153 x 76.2 x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 153 grams
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, WiFi 801.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, micro USB port, dual-SIM and a dedicated microSD card slot.

Design and build quality

The Redmi Y1 looks like a stretched out Redmi 4A. It comes with an all-plastic body and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front.

While I would have liked an all-metal body considering that the Redmi 4 that retails at the same price as the Redmi Y1 comes with one a metal body or the lack of it isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, especially in this price segment.

Xiaomi-redmi-y1What’s important and surprising is that the Redmi Y1 is beautiful and ergonomic. It’s a good looking plastic phone, the Redmi Y1, and it certainly feels nice too when you hold and use it.

The phone, just so you know, has a slight metallic finish on the back that’s smooth to the touch and because the rear seamlessly wraps around its front, the phone feels all the more comfortable in the hands.


The Redmi Y1 comes with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display that amounts to 1280×720 pixels. While its closest siblings  the Redmi 4 and the Redmi Note 4 come with a 5-inch 720p and a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, the Redmi Y1 inherits a mish-mash of sorts.

Brightness levels leave a lot to be desired, so do the phone’s viewing angles. The Redmi Y1 will give you a hard time in direct sunlight.

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Performance

With proven internals, it isn’t surprising that the Y1 provides a decent lag free experience.

The phone is quick to unlock itself after scanning your fingerprint, and quick to launch apps on MIUI 9.

We liked the display on the Y1, as colour reproduction is accurate and viewing angles are quite good. You can also tweak the display by changing the colour temperature and contrast to suit your taste.

The phone could multitask with several apps running, without killing background processes. Overall, we were happy with the software and hardware combination that Xiaomi has on offer.

The mono speaker on-board the Redmi Y1 is average at best. It gets loud but there is often some digitization at peak volume. Voice quality over 4G during calls made with the Redmi Y1 was excellent.

Gaming Review

I played 3 games (Asphalt 8 in high mode, Modern Combat 5 and Real Racing 3) and all of these high end games did well without any noticeable lags.

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Camera

xiaomi-redmi-y1-cameraThe camera performance is above average. This handset is really good for selfies, do check some of my selfie shots in the camera sample section below.

Daylight and night shots also turned out great. Y1 can shoot max FHD videos and in video recording mode there is just the time-lapse option, there is no slow-motion option.

Battery Life

The Redmi Y1, for some unknown reason, cuts corners in the battery department. It is backed by a rather small – in Xiaomi standards – 3,080mAh battery and the results – as expected – aren’t as ground breaking as those achieved with the Redmi Note 4/Redmi 4, even the Redmi 4A, for that matter.

Most users will be able to squeeze one whole day out of the phone – extreme usage scenarios got us close to 10-11 hours – it’s a little disappointing that the Redmi Y1 isn’t in the same ball park as its closest siblings.

Our Verdict

To conclude, the Redmi Y1 does a pretty decent in the selfie department and the performance is in line with the competition. The phone gives a good battery backup, and the latest MIUI 9 has some major improvements. But the design is a tad similar to other Chinese smartphone and the rear camera is not that great.

Overall, the phone gives a mixed bag performance and it will face stiff competition own Redmi 4. Both phones are priced similarly and have similar core hardware. The Redmi 4 gets a much bigger battery in a more compact metal body, but the Redmi Y1 has a bigger screen and front flash. If you are selfie-obsessed, the Redmi Y1 could make sense. For most others though, the Redmi 4 is still the phone to beat at this price.