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Redmi Y1

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[Review&Unboxing] Redmi Y1 Review: More Than A Selfie Smartphone!!

2017-11-14 06:21:45
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Hey Mi Fans,
Mi India is back with another new series in the Redmi line-up. It's the Redmi Y series, specially made for selfie lovers. Redmi Y1 not just offers a 16 MP front camera with selfie light but also a collection of superb specifications. This series guarantees premium build at an affordable price tag. On it's very first sale, 150K Plus Units Of RedmiY1 & Redmi Y1 Lite sold in 3 Minutes Across Amazon and Check out this thread to know more about Redmi Y1 - All you need to know about to Redmi Y1 & Y1 Lite. If you want to go through the unboxing and hands-on pictures of Redmi Y1 & Y1 Lite from here - Unboxing and Hands-On Pictures: Redmi Y1 & Y1 Lite

Well, I decided to share my review of Redmi Y1 with you all so that you can take a look at it once and think about this phone.

Here are few highlighting features:
  • 5.5-inch HD Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-Core Processor
  • 16MP with selfie light front camera
  • 13 MP Rear Camera
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (4G)
  • 3080(typ) mAh battery
Redmi Y1 sports 5.5" 2.5D curved display which has 450 nits brightness, 1280 x 720 (HD) resolution with 72% NTSC colour gamut. This makes Redmi Y1, very comfortable and handy to use. Gorilla Glass protection give it a classy look and bestows strength for accidental drops.

The front view of Redmi Y1

The camera is placed on the top left side of the back followed by a flashlight and a fingerprint sensor placement as on other Redmi series devices. The seam on the back makes it look attractive and gorgeous.

Rear view

On the left, there's a sim tray slot which has 2 SIM slots + 1 dedicated memory card slot which can hold 2 nano-SIMs and 1 memory card. This is something unique about this device and it is a very good feature to have additional storage. The thickness of Redmi Y1 is just 7.7mm which makes it very compact and manageable for single-handed use.


On the right, you can find volume rockers and lock/power key. This is more or less the same button placement as on other Xiaomi devices.


On the top, there is a 3.5mm audio jack followed by an IR blaster and a secondary microphone for noise reduction.


On the bottom, there's a microphone, micro USB port and speaker grills. The bottom of Redmi Y1 is symmetric in design and looks bold and stylish.


Looking at the camera, the Redmi Y1 offers a 16 MP front camera for lovely and attractive selfies with soft-toned selfie-light that enhances your complexion and helps you take breathtaking selfies even in low light. It is also equipped with Beautify 3.0 with 36 smart beautify profiles that bring out the natural beauty and makes you look beautiful. Let's take a look at some of the selfie shots taken using Redmi Y1.

Coming to the rear camera, the Redmi Y1 has a fully featured 13 MP rear camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture that supports PDAF technology followed by low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition, Real-time filters and has a single-toned LED flash. Let's check out a shot by Redmi Y1's rear camera.

Let's zoom into the image and check out the details of the same image.

The glitters in the image are clearly visible and after zooming in there is minimal loss of details. I must say the camera rear camera on Redmi Y1 works amazingly well.


Coming to performance, Redmi Y1 features Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor with 3/4 GB of RAM which gives quick and smooth performance even in gaming. Snapdragon 435 supports rich, stunning graphics with optimum speed and power efficiency on your mobile device. The device also sports Adreno 505 graphics processor that ensures great performance and brings more realistic scenes and objects at low power. It is equipped with 801.11 b/g/n WiFi with Wi-Fi Direct followed by Bluetooth 4.2 and Bluetooth HID. It is attired with a rear fingerprint sensor which securely locks your phone and sensitive data - and unlocks them with your mere touch within milliseconds.

Redmi Y1 features a 3080mAh battery which promises up to 10 days of standby time. It is even optimized for longer battery lifespan with the help of system-level MIUI optimisations and can offer up to 10 hours of video playback, 12 hours of gaming, and 21 hours of reading. So to check the battery in actual usage condition, I tried out different scenarios. Here is the battery history after moderate usage-

From the battery graph, it is clear that it can actually be used for more than 2 days with 8 hours and 39 mins of Screen On Time (SOT) in a single charge (moderate usage). How cool is that! A single charge and two days battery backup. Now let's move forward and try the heavy usage. Check out the results below!

The results are self-evident! On heavy usage, it gave me up to 1 day of battery back up with 5 hours and 41 mins of SOT. I am glad to see a device with a such a price range offers this much battery backup. Check out this thread to know about battery of Redmi Y1 - Redmi Y1 Battery Review: All Day All-rounder

Final Thoughts
Undoubtedly, Redmi Y1 takes your selfie experience to a whole new level. The build quality is quite magnificent and the energetic display followed by reliable lag-free performance is what makes Redmi Y1 better than its competitor and is certainly worth if you want a good front camera smartphone. The device comes with great specifications at a very reasonable price tag of 8999 for 3/32GB variant and 10,999 for 4/64GB variant. So, if you are looking for a big display smartphone that can have an outstanding selfie camera with amazing features in the low price tag, your search is over. That's all about the Redmi Y1. What are you waiting for? Go buy one for yourself!

Hope you like the Review! Do share your thoughts about Redmi Y1 in the replies below!!


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owasim | from Redmi 3S


the selfie cam of Redmi Y1 is really awesome.
loved clicking pics through it
2017-11-16 00:41:16

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lungkhim7 | from mobile


It's a wow phone
2017-11-16 00:51:26

Mi FC President

DHRUV KUMAR | from mobile


True, it's a Xiaomi Phone and it had to be a all-rounder.
2017-11-16 00:52:58
Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.<font color="DarkOrange">
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akibkhan | from Redmi 4


superb review
2017-11-16 01:56:42
Its more like redmi4 only the camera quality is upgraded.
2017-11-16 03:07:18

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1746798870 | from Redmi Y1


very nice pic
2017-11-16 05:31:48

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PratGo | from Redmi Note 4


wow what a wonderful phone
2017-11-16 07:41:09

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1755314498 | from Redmi Y1


really battery
2017-11-16 09:55:35

Rookie Bunny

1755314498 | from Redmi Y1


but charges problem
2017-11-16 09:55:58

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1717515745 | from Redmi 4


Excellent mobile under limited budget
2017-11-16 11:35:34
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