Xiaomi Redmi Y1: Another “selfie king” for the Indian market

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Xiaomi has been one of the top suppliers of the smartphones in all markets since the reveal of Xiaomi MI phone the company has been doing very good regarding sales. It is based in China, and the primary target market for the high-end models is the Asian market and for the low-end models in the Indian market.

Xiaomi phones are said to have the best value in the Indian markets since the devices have the strong build, somewhat bearable UI and better selfie cameras for the young generations. Following this, they revealed the successor of the “selfie king” Xiaomi Redmi Y1 as they say in India, in an event chaired by the VP of the Xiaomi Manu Kumar Jain. He mostly talked about the cameras since the device is marketed towards the young selfie-loving generation.


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Xiaomi has been the company that listens to the concerns of its customers, they took all the worries of Redmi Note 5 to make them right to an extent and launched Xiaomi Redmi Y2. As a result, the phone has slightly identical hardware and somewhat improved design.

Talking about design the phone has full metal unibody that is somewhat thick even for a low- end device at 8.1 mm. The build is rigid and can sustain a few drops.

However it is not water and dust certified so, take those “rainfall selfies” with caution. The device as it is the case with almost every Xiaomi device comes in a plethora of colors to choose such as Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold. The fingerprint scanner resides on the back.

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The dual camera setup resides underneath the fingerprint scanner in a vertical orientation; the main shooter is a 12 Megapixel sensor capable of recording Full HD videos, while the secondary camera is a 5 megapixel for the depth effect in those celebrated portrait shots. Both have a f/2.2 aperture, so daylight performance would surely be great, but the low light performance might not be what you would like, there is also a dual-tone flash to aid the night time shots.

The highlight of the device is the 16 Megapixel front camera that has Auto HDR, AI, and depth effect capabilities, aided by a front-facing flash. They are mainly focusing on this part of the hardware as it is obvious by their marketing and the presentation they gave during the event, it was solely on the cameras.

Now, the most important factor in a high-end device is the display, it is also important in a low- end device, but the low-end manufacturers do not give much attention to the display. Same is the case with this device, even though it has the “trendy eighteen by 9” aspect ratio and good brightness, but a 720p display is not going to win many hearts. The other specs include Snapdragon 625 which is an Octa-core processor having BIGlittle ARM’s architecture the CPU is clocked at 2GHz, complemented by 32GB + 3GB and 64GB + 4GB storage options and micro SD storage up to 256GB.

Not much to look for regarding specifications the devices in this price range usually have the same specifications with slight changes here and there.  On the software department, it has the MIUI 9.5 which is based on Android Oreo; the MIUI will be upgradable up to MIUI 10 that was released during the same event.

In conclusion, if you are in the market for low-end phones, this device might intrigue you If you are still into selfies or this kind of design. However, the price of the device would surely make you buy or at least add it to your list if you are looking for the smartphone of this type. It is released in India and China at the price of INR 9,999 for the 32GB variant and INR 12,999 for the 64GB variant.

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