The smartphone world sees a new device every other month. Whether it's a budget phone or a spec-rich premium one, the most highlighted aspect of phones these days is the camera. Xiaomi has attempted to cash into this opportunity with its selfie-centric Redmi Y1.
Featuring a 16-megapixel front camera, Qualcomm octa-core 435 chipset, HD display, and a 3,000mAh battery, the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is priced at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB/64 GB variant and Rs 10,999 for the limited edition 4GB/64GB variant.
So, should you buy the Xiaomi Redmi Y1? In this article, we weigh its pros and cons and help you make an informed decision.
Aimed at selfie-loving youths, the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 packs a 16-megapixel front camera with a f/2.0 large aperture and a 76.4°wide angle lens. The camera not only captures admirable selfies but also comes with a wide variety of filters and the beauty mode.
We must also mention the front flash, which makes capturing pictures in low light an absolute delight.
The Redmi y1 also packs a 13-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and supports a multitude of modes like HDR, Pro, and etc.
2. The Power of MIUI 9
Along with a great selfie shooter, the Redmi Y1 has also been marketed to sport the latest version of MIUI 9.
Though the review units carry MIUI 8, MIUI 9 is expected to make its debut with the release of Redmi Y1 in the month of November.
So, the next time you lose your TV remote, your backup device would be right there in your hand (given that you don't lose your phone too).
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Cons
1. Still on Micro USB
Xiaomi has made significant progress with some of its phones, including the Mi Max 2 and the Mi A1, when it comes to incorporating USB Type-C ports and cables. However, it seems that this transition is yet to be included in budget phones as the Redmi Y1 is still packing the older USB standard.
The Redmi Y1 still packs the older USB standard.
Since USB Type-C is turning out to be the universal standard for charging and data transfer, it'd have been great if the Redmi Y1 — aimed at youths — also came with USB Type-C.
It's surprising how a phone, marketed to aim at the youths, doesn't try anything revolutionary in terms of looks.
It sports the same old rounded corners, thick bezels on the sides and at the top, and the same is reflected in the rear panel as well.
If you're buying the white variant, please beware as the color would make the thick bezels even more prominent.
I strongly believe that selfies are not the only thing that today's youths are crazy about. A trendy design and powerful hardware specs also hold the same significance.
Nothing Great but Decent Enough
All in all, the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is a decent phone with a good battery life and a decent processor (considering the price), the newest version of the user interface, and an incredible front camera with flash.
However, the design isn't anything out of ordinary. In the process of making this phone affordable, Xiaomi has cut many corners — be it excluding the universal USB standard or the NFC. However, it ultimately boils down to how what purpose the phone serves you.