Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite launched starting at Rs 8,999

Xiaomitoday introduced a new smartphone series in India with the launch of Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite smartphones.

The Redmi Y1(3GB+32GB variant) is priced at Rs 8,999. The 4GB+64GB variant costs Rs 10,999. The Redmi Y1 Lite is priced at Rs 6,999. Both the smartphones are Amazon Exclusive and will be available starting November 8. The smartphones will hit offline retail stores in the coming days.

The dual-SIM (Nano) supporting Xiaomi Redmi Y1 runs MIUI based on Android OS and sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top. It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, clubbed with 3GB RAM and Adreno 505 GPU.

The new smartphone includes 32GB of inbuilt storage. However, users can expand the storage space using a microSD card. Selfie lovers get a 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 76.4-degree wide angle sensor and a dedicated flash along with the Beautify feature. There is a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture.

The made-in-India Xiaomi Redmi Y1 also has a fingerprint sensor at the back and comes in the Gold and Dark Grey colour variant. There is an infrared sensor included as well.

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite has the same display as the Redmi Y1. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, clubbed with 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage. The smartphone is backed by a 3080mAh battery and supports a microSD card (up to 128GB) like the Redmi Y1. There is a 13MP camera as well.

Xiaomi MIUI 9

Xiaomi also introduced it’s MIUI 9 ROM in India. The MIUI 9 brings features such as Xiaomi’s Smart Assistant, built-in Image Search and a new file system among other features. Based on Android 7.0 Nougat, the new user interface’s Smart Assistant lets you search for images in the gallery based on names and locations, something similar to what Google has for the Photos app.

The UI also includes a Smart App Launcher, which can open apps based on the contents on the screen. MIUI 9 was introduced in July this year in China alongside the Mi 5X.

There are some India-centric customisations as well. The new UI now shows text messages for railway bookings and more in a better layout, appearing in a card style design. The messages also have actions buttons to get more information. The Calendar will also show major Indian holidays.

MIUI 9, besides including India-specific themes, also focuses on data security. The UI will be rolling out to Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2 and the Mix 2 starting tomorrow.

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