Xiaomi today introduced an entry-level handset under its new Redmi Y series with the launch of the Redmi Y1 Lite. The phone will be available from Amazon, Mi.com and the company’s offline partners starting from this month’s 8th. It’s priced at Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory variant.
The design and build of the new Y1 Lite largely resemble Xiaomi’s previous phones with a metallic exterior (which is still plastic with metallic finish) and off-screen capacitive buttons. It comes with a 5.5-inch HD display up front which is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. Underneath, it’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory which is expandable up to 128GB and a 3080mAh non-removable battery. In addition to that, there’s a dedicated SD card slot instead of the usual hybrid one.
The rear camera arrangement includes a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF support. There’s no fingerprint reader; however, it does sport an IR blaster. Furthermore, it runs on Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 9 update out-of-the-box. There are two color options to choose from — Gold and Grey.
Xiaomi also launched a more powerful — Redmi Y1 along with this. You can read more about it here. The Y1 and the Y1 Lite heralds a new beginning for Xiaomi in addressing a hugely popular segment of Selfie-centric smartphones. Its Chinese counterparts – Oppo, Vivo, and Gionee have sort of encapsulated the Indian market with their selfie-centric smartphones. So Xiaomi is smartly attacking their share with lower priced and decently specced devices like they always do.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite Specifications
- 5.5-inch HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 128GB
- Dual SIM compatible
- 13-megapixel rear camera, PDAF, LED flash
- 3080mAh battery