Xiaomi Redmi Y1 was announced in India last week and we can say that the model is a Redmi Note 5A called by another name. Well, that isn’t entirely correct as there are some differences between both models. For one, the Redmi Y1 comes with a 16MP selfie camera as against the 5MP on the Redmi Note 5A. However, both models seem to have the same design but the Redmi Y1 was manufactured in India and may likely be exclusive to the Indian market. Let’s check that out in these hands-on photos of the Redmi Y1 to see how it compares to that of the Redmi Note 5A. Image credit goes to the Fonearena team.
The Redmi Y1 sports a 5.5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and a Corning Gorilla Glass protection. As stated earlier, the device packs a 16MP selfie shooter and it comes with a Soft LED flash at the front for better selfies. The front camera also comes with autofocus. Thus, while the front design looks similar to the Redmi Note 5A, the modules at the top bezels are more than one whereas the Redmi Note 5A has only one module for the selfie camera.
At the rear, you’ll hardly find any feature which differentiates the Redmi Y1’s design from that of the Note 5A. The rear camera and LED flash are located in the same aspect. In this case, the rear camera is a 13MP sensor just like on the Redmi Note 5A but with PDAF. Also, the rear fingerprint sensor and antenna band are similarly located. A peek inside the packing box also shows it’ll come with just the charging adapter and USB cable.
The Redmi Y1 is powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor backed by 3GB RAM and there is 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB. There is also a 4GB + 64GB variant. The Redmi Y1 runs MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat out of the box. It has standard connectivity options, including 4G VoLTE. It is powered by a 3080mAh battery and it has dual SIM slots. There is also a dedicated microSD slot onboard and an IR blaster. ee more photos from below.