JustInReviews offers you a peek into the latest gadget from Xiaomi, i.e. the ‘Xiaomi Redmi Y1’; with this review.
Xiaomi has come up with yet another series in India this month, named the Redmi Y series. With this move, Xiaomi is looking forward at a devoted lineup to capitalize on the selfie fever. Its first gadget, the Redmi Y1, is known to have good specifications on paper, yet would it be advisable for it to be your first choice? We try to find out.
Look and Feel:
Upon looking at the Redmi Y1, one can definitely state that it has the family look. The Redmi Y1 is bigger as compared to the Redmi 4, donning a 5.5-inch display. There are non-illuminated capacitive touch buttons beneath the screen for navigation rather than on-screen touch buttons, and the typical sensors above it also.
The base of the phone has the Micro-USB port for charging, and grilles on either side. It additionally has an IR producer that some may discover to be handy, situated at the top of the phone alongside an auxiliary mic for noise cancellation and a 3.5mm earphone jack. The Redmi Y1 contents are bare minimum- inside the box, you just get a SIM ejector, a 10W adapter, and a Micro-USB data cable.
Lift up the smartphone and you will see that it is genuinely light at 153g. Xiaomi has utilized plastic in its body, which helps hold the weight down. While the chrome based highlighting gives the feeling that it has a metal backplate, the whole back and sides alongside the power and volume buttons are of plastic. The 13-megapixel rear camera and the single-LED flash are situated in the upper left corner while the fingerprint scanner is at the center. The scanner area is handy making it simple to reach.
Battery Power and Connectivity:
To fuel the Y1, Xiaomi has utilized a 3080mAh non-removable battery which is of lower capacity than the 4100mAh battery in the Redmi 4.
In case of connectivity, the Redmi Y1 brings latest technology like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, AGPS, GPS, GLONASS and Beidou support. Sensors present on the Redmi Y1 incorporate an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, electronic compass, hall sensor and a gyroscope. It offers compatibility for 4G and VoLTE on both the SIMs. However, just one can get access to a 4G network at one time.
The highlight of the Y1 gadget is its 16-megapixel front facing camera and diffused selfie flash. There are not very many phones that have such a sensor in the front, and the inclusion of the front facing flash expands its allure. The primary camera on the back side has a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF and a f/2.2 aperture.
Selfies happen to be the highlight of this new series. Under daylight, pictures are said to be sharp however have a considerable measure of grain which is noticeable on zooming in. Under low-light, the selfie flash is found to be handy and portraits shape up well, yet grain is pretty obvious in the background. The beautify mode smoothens the result bringing about a superior picture, yet generally the front camera isn’t exactly there yet. That’s what handlers feel.
To fuel the device, Xiaomi has picked the same Snapdragon 435 SoC that is at present powering its Redmi 4 (Review) smartphone. This happens to be an octa-core processor with a speed of 1.4GHz. The Y1 comes in two variants, one comprises of a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the other with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. Go for either and you get the choice to increase storage by up to 128GB utilizing the committed microSD card slot.
As a part of technology review, we will check out the performance. With proven internals, it isn’t astonishing that the Y1 offers a not too bad lag free experience. The phone is fast enough to unlock itself subsequent to scanning your fingerprint, and snappy to launch applications on the MIUI 9. Many have liked the display on the Y1, as colour reproduction is precise and viewing angles are found to be pretty good. You can likewise change the display by altering the colour temperature and contrast to blend with your taste. The phone was able to multitask with multiple applications running, without ending background processes. In general, handlers were content with the software and hardware blend that Xiaomi has to offer.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is priced at Rs 8,999.
– Design is said to be elegant
– Equipped with a 16MP selfie camera
– Allocated microSD slot
– New MIUI 9 skin
– Performance is said to be mediocre
– Resolution that is low display
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