Xiaomi had a stellar year in India in 2017 – it got its strategy right, by focusing on the budget segment of India’s mobile phone buyers and offering excellent devices that offered excellent value for money. The Chinese manufacturer hit home runs with every phone it launched in India, right from the beginning of the year when it released the incredibly successful Redmi Note 4. The Redmi 4 was a mid-year release, which packed some serious punch for its price tag. The company followed this up by releasing the Y1 and Y1 Lite at the end of the year. But how do the new players perform against the old guard? Let’s take a look at how each phone fared when compared with each other.
Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4: Price in India
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 was released in November and is currently priced at approximately ?8,999. The Redmi Y1 comes in a second variant, which is priced at ?11,499. The Redmi Y1 Lite was launched along with the Y1 and is currently priced at ?6,999.
The Redmi 4, on the other hand, was launched in May 2017 and its high-end variant is currently priced at ?8,999. Its base version is available for ?6,999.
Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4: Display
The Redmi Y1 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen which offers a resolution of 720 x 1280 and a pixel density of 236ppi. The Xiaomi Y1 Lite too has similar specs with respect to its display. The Redmi 4, on the other hand, has a 5-inch display – it offers a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a density of 294ppi. All three phones come with Gorilla Glass protection.
Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4: Performance
For the comparison, we took the base version of the Redmi Y1 which offers 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Comparatively, the Y1 Lite comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of onboard memory. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 offers 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. While all three phones offer expandable memory, the Redmi 4 only allows expansion up to 128GB whereas the Y1 and Y1 Lite allow up to 256GB. All three phones have dual-SIM capabilities.
The Redmi 4 and Y1 run on the same processor – the Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 1.4 GHz octa-core SoC, which does an excellent job given the price segment. The Y1 Lite, on the other hand, comes with a Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor. As for operating system, all three phones currently run on MIUI 9.0, which is Xiaomi’s Android fork.
As for battery life, the Redmi 4 gets a bonus point for offering a 4100mAh battery, as compared to the 3080mAh cells on the Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite.
Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4: Camera
The Y1 and Y1 Lite have similar rear cameras – 13MP f/2.2 shooters which have phase detection autofocus. The Redmi 4 narrowly takes the lead by offering a 13MP f/2.0 camera on the rear. All three phones can record full HD (1080p) videos at 30fps.
On the selfie camera front, the Y1 absolutely dominates the other two phone cameras – it comes with a 16MP f/2.0 snapper that does a pretty sweet job, even in low light. Comparatively, the Y1 Lite and Redmi 4 offer 5MP f/2.0 front cameras.
Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi 4: Verdict
While the Y1 and Y1 Lite may seem like a match to the Redmi 4 on paper, in real life, the older phone still dominates the new kids on the block. The Redmi 4 wins because of its better battery, its build quality, and because of its screen, which slightly pips the Y1 even though it’s smaller by 0.5 inches. So our vote goes to the Redmi 4.