The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 isn’t like anything the company has released thus far. No, it is not a new concept, a groundbreaking design, or something like that. It’s just different in a way that it takes one trait to be highlighted. All this time we know the Xiaomi phones are reliable on all fronts. They are not only good for gaming, but also packed with competitive features, like quality cameras, high-resolution displays, etc. What makes the new Redmi special is it doesn’t come as a whole package like the older siblings, but it pushes camera performance to the forefront, instead. Yep, this is a selfie camera phone by the Chinese company. For those looking for a Smarpthone optimized for this purpose, then this is good to consider.
It weighs only 153 grams, so feels pretty solid in the hand. It is not the slimmest phone on the market, though. At 7.7mm thickness, at least you won’t have a problem putting it into your pocket. Buyers are offered 2 color choices. The gold one looks pretty enchanting. It used to be an exciting color, but many Smartphones have been made in this color, so the exclusivity is gone. That said, if you’re bored with the same tone, there is also the Dark Gray variant. Another thing we like is the slim bezels, especially on the sides. The top and bottom bezels are still thick as seen on the pictures. A selfie camera is located on top, claimed as its best feature. The navigation buttons are at the bottom. While functional, the lack of backlight can make it difficult to use in dark environments.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 has a decent 5.5-inch HD IPS display. The resolution could’ve been higher, but 1280 x 720 pixels aren’t that bad to begin with. The color reproduction is reminiscent of other Xiaomi phones. So far it looks impressive, but nothing to write home about. Additionally, the screen also has Corning Gorilla Glass protection, so it doesn’t show scratches. There’s no problem when watching with many people because the viewing angles are wide. On top of that, the brightness levels are satisfactory. Just in case you aren’t pleased by the current display settings, there’s an option to change contrast and hue. Just head to Settings since all adjustments are gathered there. The Y1 has a fingerprint scanner, too. In terms of performance, it is quite responsive.
Camera is a major selling point of the phone. Being heralded as a great selfie camera, the Y1 packs a 16 MP sensor on the front. Not just that, it’s also equipped with an LED flash. The rear camera is a little smaller, but not inferior quality-wise. Both are terrific for taking pictures. The results for both cameras are high quality and show lots of detail. The front sensor particularly creates natural-looking photos. It’s loaded with modes, such as Panorama, Scene, Manual, Tilt-Shift, Beautify, etc.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-Core Processor. This is quite snappy and chugs along nicely in day-to-day use. You won’t encounter lags which are common among affordable handsets. This is even capable of running graphics intensive games, but make sure you adjust the graphic settings if they start to become sluggish. Additionally, it provides 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There is a microsSD card slot as well, so it’s easy to expand the storage if the built-in one can no longer hold the installed apps.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 specs:
- 5.5-inch HD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-Core Processor
- 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage
- 13MP rear camera, 16MP selfie camera
- Fingerprint scanner
- 3,080 mAh battery