Will the popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 cannibalize the new Redmi Y1 phones?
Xiaomi is trying to offer more options to buyers in the affordable segment. The Redmi 4 (priced at Rs 6,999 onwards) caters to users looking for a small screen smartphone with fingerprint sensor, while the Redmi Note 4 (priced at Rs 10,999 onwards) offers a big screen and a powerful processor. Now they have come up with a new Y series for buyers looking for a big screen smartphone and high resolution selfie camera in the range Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000. The first two smartphones to roll out in the series are the Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite.
The Redmi Y1 comes in two variants— 3GB RAM+32GB storage and costs Rs 8,999 and the 4GB+64GB will sell at Rs 10,999. The Y1 Lite comes in a single 2GB+16GB variant and is priced at Rs 6,999. These smartphones will be available in India from 8 November through Amazon.in, Mi.com, Mi Home and retail stores. We take a look at the key highlights of the Redmi Y1 and what it is up against.
In terms of configuration, the Redmi Y1 has a lot in common with the Redmi 4. It runs on the same 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor.The Redmi Note 4 is driven by a more powerful and battery efficient 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. Snapdragon 435 is a capable processor but not cut out for heavy tasks. Snapdragon 625 with higher clock speed and smaller architecture is better placed in that regard.
The Redmi Y1’s appeal lies in the big screen. It offers a 5.5-inch screen, but has a resolution of only 1,280x720p, which means it has pixel density of 320ppi. Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5-inch screen but higher resolution of 1,920x1,080p and pixel density of 401ppi.
The smartphone runs Android 7.1 with the new MIUI 9 interface which Xiaomi claims is smarter and has more features for mainstream users.
The other notable highlight of the Redmi Y1 is the metal body and the slim and light form factor. It is 7.7mm thick and weighs just 153g, which makes it one of the lightest big screen phones. Xiaomi has managed to keep the weight down by packing a smaller battery. So you get a 3,000mAh battery instead of a 4,100mAh battery seen in the Redmi Note 4 or the Redmi 4.
Xiaomi is finally joining the selfie smartphone bandwagon. The Redmi Y1 is their first smartphone with a higher resolution camera. So you get a 16-megapixel front camera with a dedicated flash, while for your regular photos you get a 13-megapixel primary camera. We can’t comment on the picture quality yet.
Another area where Xiaomi smartphones felt restrictive was the use of hybrid SIM trays. Users couldn’t use both SIM slots with a microSD card. They have addressed it with the Redmi Y1. It has three separate SIM slots — two for nano SIMs and one for a microSD card.
The Redmi Y1 will be competing with the likes of Infinix Note 4 (Rs 8,999) and Micromax Canvas Infinity (Rs 9,999). Both offer 5.7-inch screens but with different resolutions. The former has a resolution of 1,920x1,080p and the latter offers a resolution of 1,440x 720p resolution with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Infinix Note 4 offers a bigger battery and has very unique interface. The Canvas Infinity is compact, despite the screen size and weighs just 149g. But the biggest competitor is the Redmi Note 4, which offers a bigger battery, sharper display, runs on a more powerful processor and will get the MIUI 9 update in a couple of days.
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