Xiaomi Launched Redmi Y1 ,Y1 Lite Smartphones


Just after launching the Android One-powered Mi A1 and the flagship Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi has now launched two new ultra-affordable Redmi phones. The phones are called the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite.

Xiaomi India on Thursday launched the selfie-centric Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite smartphones and announced the release of the global version of MIUI 9 — an upgrade to its customised Android-based operating system.
Redmi Y1 is Xiaomi’s first smartphone in India which features selfie light and a 16MP front-facing camera. It has a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera.

The device has 5.5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla glass and is powered by a 3,080mAh battery.

Redmi Y1 houses Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core chipset, a dedicated micro-SD card slot and dual-SIM (nano+nano) slots. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the rear of the device.

Meanwhile, Redmi Y1 Lite features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, sports a dedicated micro-SD card slot with dual-SIM (nano+nano) capabilities and 5.5-inch HD display.

Similar to Redmi Y1, the smartphone features a 13 MP f/2.0 rear camera and is powered by a 3080mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the MIUI 9 upgrade will start rolling out from November 3, starting with three devices —Mi Max 2, Mi Mix 2 and Redmi Note 4 smartphones.

The update includes India-specific features such as a “panchaang calendar”, Indian festival cards and IRCTC card that makes SMSes by IRCTC easy to read.

According to Jai Mani, Lead Product Manager, Xiaomi India, MIUI 9 will be as fast as stock Android OS.

The new OS based on Android Nougat also supports three major style notifications which are multiple styles, bundling notifications and quick replies.

While the Redmi Y1 comes with up to 64GB of internal storage, the Redmi Y1 Lite comes with 16GB of internal storage. Both the phones support expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. A little surprising though because we would have liked to see the Y1 Lite packing in 32GB storage.

Redmi Y1 has been launched at a price point of ₹8,999 for 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model and ₹10,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant.

Redmi Y1 Lite is the cheaper sibling in the selfie-centric series at a price of ₹6,999.

Both the smartphones will go on sale starting November 8 on e-commerce site Amazon.in.

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