Xiaomi today introduced a new series of phones in the Indian market with the launch of the Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite at an event in New Delhi.
The relatively more expensive Y1 comes a 16 MP front-facing camera at a price tag of Rs 8,999 for the 3 GB+32 GB RAM+storage variant. The 4 GB+64 GB variant will be available for Rs 10,999. Both variants are available in gold and black colour options. Internally, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 435 chip that’s clocked up to 1.4 GHz. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0.
The Redmi Y1 which could be seen as the successor to the Redmi 4 series of phones and is the first smartphone in its price range to feature a 16 MP selfie shooter. The smartphone will be sold exclusively on Mi.com and Amazon.in.
The device features a plastic build with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280×720.
The primary camera here is a 13 MP shooter with autofocus and an LED flash. The front-facing 16 MP camera also features a flash alongside for low-light selfies. The Redmi Y1 runs Android Nougat 7.1.2 out of the box featuring Xiaomi’s MIUI 9. The smartphone also gets a 3,080 mAh non-removable battery unit.
Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS and an infrared port. Also available is a standard micro USB port for charging and data transfers.
The Redmi Y1 Lite is a toned down version of the Y1 for Rs 6,999. The Lite version features a 5.5-inch HD display, but comes with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of storage. You get a dedicated microSD slot, a 13 MP rear camera and the same 3,080 mAh battery. An IR blaster lets you use the phone as a universal remote.
The devices will be available on Mi.com and Amazon India as well as at offline retail channels. Also announced was a partnership with Reliance Digital.
The devices will ship from 8 November.