At a press event in New Delhi, Xiaomi has today introduced a new selfie-centric smartphone series — Redmi Y. Under this lineup, the company has launched two smartphones — Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 features a 5.5-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. There is a layer of Gorilla Glass on top of the display, protecting it from minor scratches.
Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core 64-bit processor, paired with Adreno 505 GPU. It is available in two variants — 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB onboard storage. It also has a microSD card slot for further expanding the storage capacity.
The Redmi Y1 comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, with 76.4-degrees wide-angle lens, “LED Selfie” light, and f/2.0 aperture. On the back, it has a 13-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus, dual LED and f/2.2 aperture.
Xiaomi says that the high-resolution front camera paired with the “LED Selfie” light simulates effects of natural lighting, and captures sharper and more vibrant self-portraits.
Coming to the software, the device runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9, which was launched in India alongside this smartphone. At the back, there is a circular fingerprint sensor and also comes with an IR blaster. It is powered by a 3,080mAh non-removable battery.
Along with this, Xiaomi has also launched a toned-down version of the phone — Redmi Y1 Lite. Apart from the processor and memory, most of the specs on Redmi Y1 Lite are same as Redmi Y1. It is powered by a lighter Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, and comes with 2GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal storage.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 will be available in two color options — Gold and Dark Grey. It is priced at Rs 8,999 (~$139) for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant and Rs 10,999 (~$170) for 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite is priced at Rs 6,999 (~$108).
Both the smartphones will be exclusively available online on Amazon India starting from November 8th. Subsequently, the devices will be available at Xiaomi’s offline stores and partner stores.