Also known as the Redmi Note 5A, the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is a smartphone to please selfie takers. It packs a robust front facing shooter with selfie light and boasts an octa-core Qualcomm processor under the hood.

The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 isn’t shabby with its metallic looking body, especially when looking at it from the rear. It is a somewhat slim device at 7.7 millimetres and the weight is decent at 153 grams.

A huge 5.5-inch IPS display provides you with ample space for content viewing. The resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels may sound a tad disappointing to some, but this is a budget phone after all. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect against scratches.

The camera department offers a major selling point for the Xiaomi Redmi Y1. It features a high resolution 16MP selfie camera with LED selfie light. This enables you take well-lit shots in dim lighting conditions. A Beautify 3.0 feature helps to improve selfie quality.

The rear camera looks ready to impress as well with a 13MP sensor. It gets the support of LED flash and phase detection autofocus to enhance image quality. Both the selfie and main cameras shoot Full HD (1080p) videos.

Enjoyable performance appears to be on the card with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset under the hood. The octa-core processor runs at a maximum speed of 1.4 GHz. An Adreno 505 GPU takes charge of graphics crunching.

You get either 3GB or 4GB RAM, depending on model. Storage is ample as well at 32 GB or 64 GB, which is also expandable. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 boots Android 7.0 Nougat with MIUI 9.0 skin on top.

There is a 3,080mAh Li-Ion battery providing juice to get the phone running. Xiaomi says it optimized its Redmi Y1 for longer battery lifespan. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 promises up to 12 hours of gaming and 10 days standby time.

The mobile phone features a fingerprint scanner on the rear for fast unlocking. Xiaomi Redmi Y1 also has non-hybrid dual SIM slots. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct.

The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is a variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A targeted at the Indian market. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 will not be available in Nigeria and Kenya. You can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A instead.

Xiaomi Redmi Y1


Key Features

  • 5.5-inch IPS Display, 720 x 1280 pixels (236 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-core CPU
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat), MIUI 9.0 with 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB built-in Storage, supports up to 256GB microSD card
  • 13MP Rear Camera and 16MP Front Camera
  • Fingerprint Scanner (Rear)
  • 4G LTE Data
  • 3080 mAh Li-ion Battery

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