Xiaomi Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite Launched – What’s the Difference?

Xiaomi has launched a new range of Y series smartphones in India. The new Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite lie in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. Both handsets offer similar specs and features with few key differences. Let’s do a quick comparison and find out. Read more to find about Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Vs Redmi Y1 Lite – What’s the Difference?

Xiaomi Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite

Price and Availability

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Rs 8,999/ Rs 10,999
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite Rs 6,999

The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is priced at Rs 8,999 and Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage variant and 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant, respectively. On the other hand, the Redmi Y1 Lite (with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage) costs Rs 6,999.

Both handsets will go on sale on November 8 via Mi.com and Amazon India, followed by retail stores.

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Specifications Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite
Processor octa-core Snapdragon 435 quad-core Snapdragon 425
Internal Storage 32GB/ 64GB (expandable up to 128GB) 16GB (expandable up to 128GB)
Display 5.5-inch, HD (720 x 1280pixels), 2.5D curved glass 5.5-inch, HD (720 x 1280pixels)
OS Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat
Primary (Rear) Camera 13-megapixel with flash 13-megapixel with flash
Front Camera 16-megapixel with flash 5-megapixel
Battery 3080mAh 3080mAh

Both Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite sport a 5.5-inch display with HD (720 x 1280pixels) resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 450-nits brightness. While the Redmi Y1 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor, the Redmi Y1 Lite comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset. Also, the Lite model comes with only one RAM/storage variant (compared to two variants of Redmi Y1). The internal storage on both models can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 128GB).

Both handsets are backed by a 3080mAh battery. However, Xiaomi claims that the Redmi Y1 offers 35 hours of battery life (compared to 32 hours of Lite model).


Both smartphones feature a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF (phase-detection autofocus), and real-time filters. However, the handsets differ in terms of front camera. The Redmi Y1 sports a 16-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture, 76.4-degree wide-angle lens, and a LED flash.

On the other hand, the Redmi Y1 Lite features a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture (without a LED flash). Additional features on both front cameras include 36 smart beautify profiles, facial recognition, selfie countdown, and real-time beautification feature during video calls.

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Both handsets run Android operating system with MIUI 9 on top. Connectivity options on both devices include 4G VoLTE, dual SIM, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-USB 2.0 port, and 3.5mm audio jack.


Both handsets feature mostly similar looks. However, only Redmi Y1 features the 2.5D curved glass design in front. While the Redmi Y1 is 7.7mm thick, the Redmi Lite variant is only 7.55mm in thickness. Both devices weigh 150 grams.

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Both Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite offer decent specs at affordable price. However, the Redmi Y1 model looks more attractive, thanks to its 16MP front camera and RAM/storage options. Which of the two handsets will you go for? Let us know in the comments section below.

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