MI launches selfie phone Redmi Y1 to cash in selfie craze

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Redmi y1

MI launches selfie phone Redmi Y1 to cash in selfie craze

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After successful line up of Redmi Note series, MI couldn’t resist themselves from selfie craze among youngsters. Most offline sellers like Oppo and Vivo have captured this segment with their selfie centric smartphones. Without wasting time, Mi focussed over this space, launched selfie phone Redmi MI Y1. Y1 targets selfie and photography lovers with its budget offering. MI always impressed its fan following with its pocket-friendly and highly selling or call it as out of stock products.

ALSO READ: Best of Google and Xiaomi,Dual camera phone Mi A1 with Android One

Redmi Y1 highlight is its 16 MP front shooter with a diffused selfie flash. In rear, you get a 13 MP camera with a single led flash. Rest of the things are as same as earlier series. Y1 comes with a 5.5 inch HD display with Corning Gorilla glass. Unlike other Redmi phones,  this new phone does not have a metal unibody. Instead, it has a plastic back panel, the power and volume buttons are on the right, and are also made of plastic. The SIM tray has two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD slot, which is a most needed feature for memory upgrades in future. The selfie phone Redmi Y1  will be available in two colours, Gold and Dark Gray.

selfie phone Redmi Y1

selfie phone Redmi Y1

Redmi Y1 is powered by Snapdragon 435 SoC running with 3 GB of RAM. Though memory upgrades are supported by micro SD card slot, there is a huge downgrade in battery department consisting of only 3000Ah battery. A 10W quick charger can a be a relief but a bigger battery is always better than carrying a charger.

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The selfie phone Redmi Y1 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with custom MIUI 9 skin. The selfie camera on the Redmi Y1 and app interface to be quite easy to use. Beautify mode is enabled by default for the selfie camera which makes selfie attractive to an extent.

Redmi Y1 has a good processor and a great camera for selfies in most conditions. If you are thinking to buy a good selfie phone under pocket-friendly price, you can consider Redmi Y1 to your selection. For attractive offers and online deals on Redmi Y1 you can visit Flipkart & Amazon


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Redmi 4 Unboxing

Redmi 4 Unboxing and first look

After successful series of Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi introduces another sibling Redmi 4. Almost with same specification and targeting to customers in the segment of             Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000. The company recently claimed it had sold over 1 million units in 30 days. Here, we have Redmi 4 Unboxing and first look for you.

Redmi 4 Unboxing

Redmi 4 Unboxing

Redmi 4 comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels at a PPI of 296 pixels per inch. It’s different variants starts from Rs. 6,999 for 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, Rs 8,999 for 3 GB RAM and 32 storage and Rs 10,999 for 4 GB RAM and 64 storage. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

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Redmi 4 Unboxing and first look

We got the Black color variant with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. As soon as you open box and take phone in hand, you would realise how phone looks so premium and unique in design. In the box, you will get charger, data cable, sim ejector pin and manual. Redmi 4 has completely changed the myth that you can’t get a premium looking smartphone under a budget of Rs 10,000.

The new Redmi 4 is encased in a beautiful metal frame that is made of anodised aluminium. The back enclosure has gone through a diamond cutting process that produces two bright strips, giving an additional brilliant sparkle to the entire phone. The 5 inch almost edge to edge display looks really impressive and produces excellent colors. With 2.5D curved glass, phone feels really smooth when you type or swipe fingers across the screen. The fingerprint is placed exactly where it was meant to be placed. At the back you will get 13 Mp camera with flash placed at top left. Charging slot is present in between speaker grill at below. Audio production is pleasant to hear and audible in most of conditions.

Redmi 4 fits comfortably in your palm and you never feel to stretch while accessing all areas of the screen. Though device feels a little bit slippery and you need to keep extra attention if you don’t place any safety cover to it. Navigation buttons at below are non-illuminated and you need to struggle a little bit in beginning.

Also read: Redmi Note 4, Success carved again

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Let’s talk about phone performance under normal usage. Snapdragon 435 processor handles every app smoothly and generates balanced multitasking performance. You can notice free 1.5 GB RAM most of the time with normal usage of apps. The display is really really crisp and colors, icons, text are produced flawlessly. If you ever used Redmi Note 4, you can notice the difference, everything looks more pleasant than its elder in Redmi 4. Phone is packed with 4100 mah battery which is a beast for any 5 inch phone. Redmi 4 runs smoothly for the whole day without any sign of low battery under heavy usage of Wifi or 4G LTE network.

Installed with Android 6.0.1 and MIUI, Redmi 4 outperforms on it software part. You get Dual apps, second space, security, app permission, call blacklist and other important features under one roof without any need of third party apps. This is a huge advantage for any beginners as you might struggle to choose right app with trial and error method. Intensive games with good graphics also run comfortably if you keep background usage of RAM low. You can tune the behaviour of apps through control or permission system.

Also read: 30 days with Redmi Note 4 Matte Black, 4GB edition, MIUI detailed review

13 MP camera in Redmi 4 performs perfect in good lighting conditions but produces low photographs in low light conditions. 5 MP front cam works great with some embedded software filters. All in all, camera performance is perfect for normal usage but you can’t consider it for great looking panorama or macro shots. You may need some time to adjust with its focus locking feature as it takes few seconds to lock objects in a frame.

You can either choose to insert two sims or one memory card as you got hybrid slots. This is a common feature in Redmi phones, this may sound disappointing to those who store large files on the phone for a long time.

FINAL VERDICT- Should I buy Redmi 4?

Redmi 4 proved with its design and performance that you don’t need to shell heavy amount for a premium looking device. If you are looking for a phone with a balanced performance and budget, you can grab it without thinking further. But, what can stop you from having your hands on Redmi 4 is its much hated Flash sales.  You really need to have the patience to get it from 1-second flash sales. Further, Xiaomi also expanding its offline stores and starting offline booking for Redmi 4 and Note 4.

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30 days with Redmi Note 4 Matte Black, 4GB edition, MIUI detailed review

Redmi note 4 matte black

Redmi note 4 matte black

Redmi Note 4 stands as a strong contender with all competitors. Xiaomi is known for its ‘Value for money’ products and successfully proves it with ‘Redmi Note 4’. Here, we unboxed and enjoyed 30 days with Redmi Note 4 Matte Black, 4GB edition. Let’s discuss our detailed opinion about each and every aspect from customer’s view.

Redmi Note 3, also saw success with a whopping 2.3 million units sold just in six months of its sale.

Design and Durability

Redmi Note 4 Matte Black edition surely impresses you with its premium looks and design and gives enough competition to other brands in a segment of 10K to 30K. Unibody metal design attracts your attention when you either keep the smartphone facing back on a table or took in hands. Antenna lines on top and bottom at back adds beautiful art to design. Rounded edges and speaker grill under bottom not only upgrades design values but also physically increases stability and enhances sound level. Placement of dual tone flash between the camera lens and fingerprint sensor at back with same geometric design adds a custom design to the smartphone.

redmi note 4

redmi note 4

Battery performance

4100 mah really performs long more than you could expect. Redmi Note 4 with a full day of heavy usage easily lasts long for a day. I didn’t regret fast charging as one complete charge cycle easily gives you full day backup. I played a lot of heavy games, switched from Wifi to 4G networks, a lot of calls but didn’t found any sign of low battery. Redmi Note 4 easily provides 2 days of usage if you are using for light purposes such as normal data usage and taking few calls. Redmi Note 4 never heated while gaming or 4G usage. Slight change in temperature you might feel in fewer conditions which are rare.

How cool is processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 64-bit Processor performs more than expectations,  didn’t faced any lag while using multiple apps or apps running in the background. Though processor has been degraded from Redmi Note 3 but the slight improvement has resulted in more stable performance and battery saving. Playing heavy games like Asphalt 8 or Modern Combat, I never faced any lag or stuck in between.

 Shooting experience

Clicking experience on Redmi Note 4 has been improved considering its old generation model Redmi Note 3. Rear 13 MP camera shoots some nice photographs in daylight or sufficient source of light. The camera performed well but a slight difference in colour reproduction is noted in few shots. Auto focus takes some time to assign itself to the centre of subject. If this could be reduced, there will be a vast difference in performance. Macro shots were fine but still not up to the mark and require few tweaking. Front 5 MP camera impresses with some nice selfie pictures and adds some virtual brightness which improves pictures a lot.  Videos are recorded at 1920 X 1080 Full HD which are crisp enough to show on all displays.

Who is best : Redmi Note 4 or Moto G5

MIUI, Good or Bad

Redmi Note 4 MIUI 8

Redmi Note 4 MIUI 8


Let’s talk about good things first, MIUI 8 provides tonnes of helpful features that can’t be achieved even by installing a lot of third party apps on a stock Android OS.

Dual apps: Do the two

Redmi Note 4 Dual apps

Redmi Note 4 Dual apps

‘Dual apps’ is such an amazing feature available in Note 4. It allows you to use two different accounts of an app on a single device. Suppose you need two different accounts for an instant chat messenger app or social media app. You can directly tap into another account just with a click flawlessly. You can get ‘Dual apps’ for almost all apps installed on the device.

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Second Space: Another phone in a phone

Redmi Note 4 Second space

Redmi Note 4 Second space

‘Second Space’ on Redmi Note 4, completely creates a virtual secondary environment which allows you to use it as a private space separated from your normal user account. You can customise it as ‘Personal’ phone as comparing to another one as ‘Professional’. It allows you to use a different Google Account and you can utilise everything independent of first professional space.

Security and Permissions

Redmi Note 4 Security and Permissions

Redmi Note 4 Security and Permissions

Redmi Note 4 offers various Security and Permission controls that directly offers more precise control and secured device experience. You might need to download third party apps for specific tasks, but here you can have all in one roof. ‘Cleaner’ functions automatically detects cache, unwanted data on phone and provides one-touch cleaning mechanism. It also prompts over shortcut bar if unwanted data needs to be cleaned.

App by app data utilisation can be tracked by ‘Data Usage’ feature. Unwanted calls can also be blocked easily by inbuilt ‘Blocklist’ feature. Battery health and usage pattern being recorded in ‘Battery’ tab where you can know about temperature and remaining battery. Here you can also save battery by a lot of tweaking. You can set time of app sync and schedule Start and End time.

The virus scanner is provided by Avast, a well-known antivirus provider. It automatically detects suspicious items and warns about same. Scanner auto scans your phone from time to time.

Providing app-specific permissions can be done at ‘Permissions’ tab. Every app needs specific permissions related to hardware or software

The best thing I loved about MIUI is ‘Automated tasks’. It allows creating a lot of automatic tasks for your phone. Suppose you are not using from 11 pm to 6 am or you just don’t want to get disturbed. You can easily create task defining whether to keep the phone on Airplane mode or Silent mode. It not only allows you to sleep uninterrupted but also saves your battery. You can also check your connection speed anytime which shows which apps are consuming data at the moment. Test Network as the name suggests tests your WiFi and mobile data network.

If you ever wanted to lock certain apps on your phone you might just download locking app from Play store full of ads but MIUI already includes much stronger ‘App lock’ options which support all modes of protection including fingerprint, passcode or pattern.

Overall MIUI directly improves functionality and upgrades user experience and let you get rid of third party apps for each and every small task. But, RAM consumption also increases in the background. When you switch on phone for the first time, you are presented with 2 GB of free RAM out of 4 GB. Unfortunately, after long usage, I find RAM consumption increases up to 3 GB and a restart is required. Although, the performance never feels degraded even with less remaining memory.

Final Verdict

Redmi Note 4, stands clearly out of the crowd, just not only for its performance but also due to price factor and different variant available starting from Rs 9,999. You can pick any variant from 2 GB, 3GB or 4 GB with 32 GB and 64 GB memory options. If you are looking for a smartphone with decent shooting experience and full day battery backup with premium looks, you can definitely give a chance to Redmi Note 4

Who is best : Redmi Note 4 or Moto G5

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redmi note 4

Redmi Note 4, Success carved again

Quick specifications Redmi note 4


  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 128 GB
  • 5.5 inch Full HD Display
  • 13MP Primary Camera | 5MP Front
  • 4100 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 64-bit Processor
  • Infrared remote

A stunning new look with 2.5D curved glass and slimmer, tapered edges. Complete with a beveled frame and glossy separation lines, Redmi Note 4 is the definition of power – with a touch of class. The gentle 2.5D curves soften the edges of the Redmi Note 4 display, adding to the clean, minimal aesthetic as much as it does to hand feel. Made of anodized aluminum in a premium high-gloss CNC finish, the elegant separation lines showcase how perfection, is a lot of little things done right.

The new bottom placement of the speaker grilles are an aesthetic and functional redesign. They free up the back cover from clutter while delivering better sound dispersion. The tapered edges and beveled frame create a visually slimmer silhouette and enhance hand feel as Redmi Note 4 rests in the curve of your hand. The brand new matte black finish is a timeless class act.

redmi note 4

redmi note 4

Redmi Note 4 has 25% larger pixel area than the camera sensor on Redmi Note 3, which has a pixel area of 1μm. Redmi Note 4 uses a noise-eliminating CMOS sensor with backside illumination (BSI) and larger pixels to give you stunning images even in low light. It also comes with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) for 0.1s ultra-fast focusing, which is especially useful for shooting moving objects.

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Overall design upgrade, the 4100mAh powerhouse has never looked better. Curved glass and slimmer, tapered edges deliver great hand feel. It also offers better-sustained performance on a 14nm FinFET Snapdragon 625 processor and up to 4GB of RAM. It is 20% more power efficient than Redmi Note 3, and is bound to put more power in your pocket. The 2.5D curved glass has an aesthetic edge over the typical flat glass. It looks better and feels a lot smoother when you tap and swipe your fingers across the screen. Expect a smoother gaming experience with up to 4GB RAM and 14nm FinFET technology.It is this winning combination that delivers more thermal reduction and greater sustained performance. Also, comes with up to 64GB of storage expandable to 128 GB.


Redmi Note 4 added Glossy CNC-finished seperation lines made of anodized aluminium. It also designed slimmer with tapered edges that create a thinner appearance. It rests phone comfortably in the curve of hand. Speaker grills are placed at the bottom for better sound dispersion. So, Redmi Note 4 offers amazing audio on clarity no matter where it is placed.

MIUI 8, latest flavour of Android, let’s you created two separate profiles on your phone with Second Space. You can customize same with passcodes or fingerprints to access them.

Dual apps can be configured on Note 4 that allows you to sign into dual accounts for any app, that includes Whatsapp, Facebook and more.

Note 4 is offered in following variants:


          ₹ 10,999

           ₹ 12,999

          ₹ 9,999


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Luxury in pocket, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, available in 2GB RAM/16 GB memory and 3 GB/32 GB memory options

After successful entry in smartphone business in India, Xiaomi brings another high-end smartphone, Redmi Note 3 available in two variants. First one is available for Rs 9,999 consisting 2 GB of RAM and 16GB inbuilt memory . Second model consists of 3 GB RAM and 32 GB inbuilt memory priced at Rs 11,999.  Note 3 not only impressive by its superb specifications but also due to its mid-section price. Redmi Note 3 brings premium feel for price conscious consumers. As we all aware about Xiaomi, known for strategically bringing superb specifications in budget while competing other brands in market like Lenovo, Motorola & Samsung.

mi note 3


Key specifications are as follows:

Display : 5.50-inch

Processor : 1.4GHz

Front Camera : 5-megapixel

Resolution : 1080×1920 pixels

RAM : 3GB/2 GB

OS  Android : 5.1

Storage : 32GB /  16GB

Rear Camera:   16-megapixel

Battery capacity  : 4050mAh

redmi note 3


Meanwhile Note 3 offers to choose from Silver, Dark grey and Gold color, available through flash sale model, means you have to register first and later buy it in flash sale. Register/Buy here


Apart from providing superb specifications Xiaomi provides another great offer known as MI protect,  covering accidental & liquid damage
Free home pickup & drop, and free second servicing within 1 year from activation. More you can check here.

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