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Xiaomi announces new Redmi Y series in India

Xiaomi today announced the launch of a new smartphone series designed around people’s lifestyles with Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite.

The Redmi Y series is designed for people who need a smartphone that can complement and enhance their everyday routine and lifestyle. Combined with the user enhancements of MIUI, Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite boast a large display and solid battery life that can get you through a busy day.

Alongside the new series of phones, Xiaomi also unveiled the global version of MIUI 9, the latest upgrade to its popular Android-based operating system, which includes new features designed for India.

MIUI 9: Lightning fast

MIUI has over 280 million users, in 56 languages, across more than 220 regions. Last year, MIUI 8 brought along innovative features, such as scrolling screenshots, SMS Caller ID, Dual Apps, Second Space, and more.

With MIUI 9, Xiaomi focused on faster app launches, and a smoother UI with reduced latency. MIUI 9 also brings split screen, an improved notification dropdown, as well as icon animations, and smart photo editing featuring object removal.

The improved notification dropdown includes multiple styles, bundled app notifications, as well as quick replies right from the drop-down.

MIUI 9 also brings support for the Panchang calendar, festival cards for over 26 festivals in India, as well as Horoscope, News, Cricket News, Cricket Schedule, Football Schedule, Health and Fitness, and ‘On this Day’ information.

The gallery app now features 12 sticker sets onboard, with four exclusively designed for India.

There’s also a new App Vault feature that is just a swipe away and can be used to hail cabs, take notes, scan QR codes, and more.

MIUI 9 now includes a new Mi Video app, which now features automatic grouping, multilingual subtitles, as well as support for more video formats.

MIUI 9 also sees the launch of the Mi Calculator, Mi Explorer, and Mi Drop standalone apps on the Google Play Store.

Mi Drop allows for the transfer of all file types via Wi-Fi Direct peer-to-peer sharing and will be available to download from Nov 16.

MIUI 9 will be rolling out to the following Xiaomi smartphones:

  • 2017 – Mi MIX 2 / Mi Note 3 / Mi 6 / Mi Max 2 / Redmi Note 4 / Redmi Note 4X / Redmi Note 5A / Redmi 4 / Redmi 4X / Redmi Y1 / Redmi Y1 Lite
  • 2016 – Mi MIX / Mi Note 2 / Mi 5 / Mi 5s/ Mi 5s Plus / Mi Max / Mi Max Prime / Redmi Note 3 / Redmi 3 / Redmi 3S / Redmi 3S Prime / Redmi 4 / Redmi 4A
  • 2015 – Mi Note / Mi 4i / Redmi 2 / Redmi 2 Prime / Redmi Note 4G Prime / Redmi Note 2
  • 2014 – Mi 4/ Redmi Note 4G
  • 2013 – Mi 3
  • 2012 – Mi 2

MIUI 9 stable will begin staged rollout to Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2, and Mi MIX 2 on Nov. 3, following which, other supported devices will get the update within a month.

Redmi Y1: 16MP with Selfie-light

Redmi Y1 is Xiaomi’s first phone in India which boasts a Selfie-light. This, paired with a 16 MP front-facing camera, ensures selfies come out bright and clear even in challenging conditions.

Redmi Y1 features a 5.5 inch HD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, 13 MP f/2.0 rear camera, as well as a 3080mAh battery.

At its core, Redmi Y1 features an octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 435, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Along with this, another variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage will also be available.

Redmi Y1 has a 2+1 card slot, which boasts a dedicated microSD card slot, as well as Dual-SIM (nano+nano) capabilities. At the back is a fingerprint sensor, for added security.

Redmi Y1 is priced at INR 8999 for the 3GB RAM 32GB storage variant and INR 10,999 for the 4GB 64GB variant.

Redmi Y1 Lite: Big display, great performance

Redmi Y1 Lite features an octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 425 processor, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. Just like Redmi Y1, there’s a dedicated microSD card slot with Dual-SIM (nano+nano) capabilities.

Redmi Y1 Lite boasts a 5.5 inch HD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, 13 MP f/2.0 rear camera, as well as a 3080mAh battery.

Redmi Y1 Lite is priced at INR 6999.

Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite are being launched in partnership with Amazon.in, and be available from 12 Noon on Nov. 8, 2017 across Amazon.in, Mi.com, Mi Home stores, and our offline partners.

Key features of Redmi Y1:

  • 5-inch display
    • 1280 × 720 resolution (HD)
    • Corning® Gorilla® Glass
    • IPS technology
  • 16MP front camera
    • Selfie-light (flash)
    • f/2.0 aperture
    • 0 micron pixel size
  • 13MP rear camera
    • f/2.0 aperture
    • PDAF for fast focusing
    • 12 micron pixel size
    • 5 piece lens
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 435 (Octa-core, max 1.4GHz)
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage / 4GB + 64GB internal storage
  • Dual SIM + dedicated microSD card slot
  • 3080mAh high-capacity battery
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 153 × 76.2 × 7.65mm

 

Key features of Redmi Y1 Lite:

  • 5-inch display
    • 1280 × 720 resolution (HD)
    • Corning® Gorilla® Glass
    • IPS technology
  • 13MP rear camera
    • f/2.0 aperture
    • PDAF for fast focusing
    • 12 micron pixel size
    • 5 piece lens
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 425 (Octa-core, max 1.4GHz)
  • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM + 16GB internal storage
  • Dual SIM + dedicated microSD card slot
  • 3080mAh high-capacity battery
  • Dimensions: 153 × 76.2 × 7.55mm

 

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