Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Price in Dubai, UAE  

Xiaomi Redmi Y1

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INTRODUCTION

Redmi Y1
Redmi Y1

A new boom in the selfie-centric smartphones as Xiaomi has launched one of its selfie-centric smartphone. Xiaomi has realized that its Redmi series is quite popular among the younger generations and therefore, the company has declared its first selfie-centric device as Redmi Y1 at affordable price range. The device is similar to that of Redmi Note 5A Prime in appearance and hardware configuration. The device ships with a metallic body which gives a premium look at a budgetary price. The company is targeting the budgeted segment of Android users. The Chinese manufacturer is planning to launch the Redmi Y1 in the month of November 2017. The phone is available in colors like Gold and Dark Grey which are more likely priced the same.

The Redmi Y1 is a dual SIM smartphone offers premium features which will help Xiaomi to occupy the market to a large extent.

DESIGN AND DISPLAY

Redmi Y1 Design and Display
Redmi Y1 Design & Build

When you hold a Xiaomi Redmi Y1, no one can make that the device is affordable for such a low price. The unibody of the phone is metallic with curved on the edges. The design of the phone hails from the recent smartphone, Redmi Note 5A Prime. The primary camera with LED flash is placed on a corner on the rear side. The fingerprint scanner like other Xiaomi phones is again on the upper side of the panel. The secondary camera is on the front side for selfies. The phone is comfortable to hold and premium to look at.

On the front side, the Redmi Y1 flaunts a 5.5-inches HD IPS display which gives a bright and legitimate display. The user might not face any issues with the display as commonly found in budgetary smartphones. There are a home and navigation buttons below the display. The power and volume controllers are placed on one side for easy access.

PERFORMANCE AND CONFIGURATION

Redmi Y1 Gaming Performance
Redmi Y1 Gaming Performance

The performance of Redmi Y1 is superior as it hosts configuration similar to that of higher value smartphones. The device is run on the proprietary MIUI 9(beta version) operating system in support with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. The phone is shipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset along with octa-core processor of 1.4GHz. The superior performing processor is shipped with 3GB of RAM. This ensures seamless performance even at the budgetary price.

The Redmi Y1 hosts dual SIM and support internet connectivity up to 4G along with VoLTE. The internal memory of the phone is quite huge to store lots of information and apps. The default memory is 32GB which is further expandable up to 256GB using a micro SD card in the dedicated card slot.

The fingerprint reader is embedded on the rear side which can record multiple fingerprints for unlocking the phone.

CAMERA AND MULTIMEDIA

Redmi Y1 Camera
Redmi Y1 Camera

Xiaomi cameras are equipped with lots of features and are satisfactory to the users too. The upcoming Redmi Y1 hosts rear camera of 13MP accompanied with LED flash to aid low-light photos and videos. It is equipped with features like autofocus, HDR, panorama, geo-tagging, face detection, etc. The secondary camera is of 16MP and is best for clicking selfies and video calling. It is for the first time that Xiaomi has made an attempt at introducing a selfie-centric smartphone at the budgetary price range.

The video recording can also be performed with the cameras and they produce video output of 1080 pixels.

The Redmi Y1 plays audio files of MP3, eAAC+, Flac player and WAV types. And video files of MP4 and H.264 player. It comes packed with FM Radio and 3.5mm audio jack.

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

Redmi Y1 Battery
Redmi Y1 Battery

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is backed by a long-lasting Li-Ion battery of 3080mAh which would last for more than a day. Having such a powerful battery at the budgetary price will be a great boon to the users.

The Redmi Y1 is a dual SIM smartphone where both the SIMs are nano type and enabled with internet connectivity of 2G, 3G, and 4G with VoLTE. As wireless connectivity option, the device will support GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Hotspot, Wifi, GLONASS, etc. It also comes packed with micro USB 2.0 for a wired connection.

The device is embedded with few sensors like fingerprint, proximity, and accelerometer.

PROS AND CONS

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is a first selfie-centric smartphone that the manufacturer is about to launch in the budgetary segment. Along with the high-end selfie camera, the phone also comes shipped with many exciting features which are rarely found in the entry-level smartphones.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Snapdragon Octa-core processor
  • Dual SIM with 4G connectivity
  • Dedicated slot for memory expansion
  • Large internal memory
  • High megapixel Selfie-camera
  • Bigger size RAM
  • Huge battery
  • Metallic body
WHAT CAN BE IMPROVED
  • Very few sensors embedded in the phone

ONLINE STORES

  • img-ques What networks is the phone capable of connecting to?
  • img-ans It can connect to 4G LTE conforming to VoLTE networks. It supports 3G HSPA/UMTS and 2G EDGE/GPRS cellular networks.
  • img-ques What is included in the box?
  • img-ans Apart from the handset(Redmi Y1), the following are the items you get in the box: Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable for data transfer and charging, Warranty card, User manual and SIM ejection tool.
  • img-ques Is the phone Dual-SIM supportive?
  • img-ans Yes, it comes with Dual-SIM(nano+nano) support. The slot is a 3-choose- 2+1 hybrid SIM tray and an additional dedicated microSD card slot is provided.
  • img-ques What are the miscellaneous connectivity options?
  • img-ans The connectivity options in the device are: WiFi 801.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Infrared and VoLTE support.
  • img-ques What OS is present in the phone? Will it receive OTA updates?
  • img-ans The device is running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the latest MIUI 9(user interface) mounted on top. Yes, an Android v8.0 Oreo will also be upgraded via OTA updates in the coming months.
  • img-ques What type of sensors are available?
  • img-ans The sensors in the device includes Gyroscope, Accelerometer,Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Electronic compass, Fingerprint sensor and Hall sensor.
  • img-ques How much resolution it has?
  • img-ans The new Redmi Y1 is likely known to be a camera-centric selfie smartphone. The front camera has a 16MP resolution of an f/2.0 aperture with various in-built features like face-recognition, LED flash, selfie countdown and beautify mode. The primary camera has a 13MP resolution of f/2.2 aperture.
  • img-ques Does it come with a fingerprint scanner?
  • img-ans Yes, a fingerprint scanner is present on the back for an ultra fast-unlocking.
  • img-ques What is the device’s battery capacity?
  • img-ans The battery packs a non-removable type 3080mAh capacity. The device offers 32hrs of talktime, video playback of 10hrs, audio playback is 75hrs and 12hrs on gaming usage.
  • img-ques Does it comes with 3.5mm headphone jack?
  • img-ans Yes, 3.5mm jack is present on the bottom position.
  • img-ques What are the dimensions?
  • img-ans The body dimensions are as follows: 153 x 76.2 x 7.7mm(height x width x thickness).
  • img-ques How much the device weigh?
  • img-ans The device weighs about 153g.
  • img-ques How much memory does it have? Are there any other variants of this device?
  • img-ans The Redmi Y1 is launched in 2 variants: the lower variant comes with 3GB RAM accompanied with 32GB internal storage, whereas the higher variant has 4GB RAM with 64GB inbuilt storage. There is also a support for expanding memory by up to 128GB via microSD card slot.
  • img-ques What kind of processor, chipset and GPU used?
  • img-ans In terms of hardware, the core part of smartphone is powered by an Octa-core processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset and Adreno 505 GPU.
  • img-ques What is the launching price of the device?
  • img-ans Xiaomi has launched Redmi Y1 with a starting price of around 500 AED for 3GB/32GB variant and 4GB/64GB variant will costs around 600 AED in Dubai, UAE.
  • img-ques When was the device released?
  • img-ans The company has announced new “mi Y series” in India on November 2nd by launching their first two budgetary devices from Y-series namely “Redmi Y1” and “Redmi Y1 Lite”.
  • img-ques What is the type and size of the display?
  • img-ans The screen size features a 5.5-inch HD screen and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The front display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.
  • img-ques What are the colour options for the device?
  • img-ans A device is available in two colour options i.e Dark Grey and Gold.