The Redmi 4 looks a lot like the Redmi Note 4. Only smaller. Because it borrows heavily from the Redmi Note 4’s design aesthetics, the Redmi 4 invariably shares both its upsides and downsides in equal measure. It’s a looker, the Redmi 4. There are absolutely no two ways about it. Just like the Redmi Note 4, the Redmi 4 also comes in a matte black finish (and gold) that gives it a premium up market look and feel clearly defying its price tag. It looks like an expensive phone, that isn’t expensive at all. The Redmi Y1, on the other hand, looks a lot like a stretched out Redmi 4A. The Redmi Y1, as a result, comes with an all-plastic body and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front. A metal body or the lack of it isn’t necessarily a deal breaker though, especially in this price segment. What’s important — and surprising — is that the Redmi Y1 is beautiful and very ergonomic. It’s a good looking plastic phone, the Redmi Y1, and it certainly feels very nice too. The phone, just so you know, has a slight metallic finish on the back that’s smooth to the touch and because the rear seamlessly wraps around its front, the phone feels all the more comfortable in the hands.
Both the Redmi Y1 and the Redmi 4 have an always-on fingerprint scanner on the back (which works well most of the time unless you have greasy or sweaty fingers) and physical capacitive keys on the front which are not backlit. The power button and the volume rocker are on the right, while a dual-SIM+micro-SD card slot lies on the left. A thing to note here is that while the Redmi 4 comes with a hybrid slot, the Redmi Y1 comes with dedicated slots for two SIMs and one micro-SD. Both the Redmi 4 and the Redmi Y1 have a bottom firing (mono) speaker.
The Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch 720p IPS LCD display. Brightness levels are just about adequate and adaptive brightness works as it should. Colours look rich and vibrant; a little warm by default, but there’s a manual correcting mode inside that helps achieve better results. The Redmi Y1 comes with a 5.5-inch 720p screen which isn’t as bright and colourful as the one on-board the Redmi 4. Both the phones come with an in-built reading mode that turns colours to the warmer end of the spectrum for night-time reading.
The Redmi 4 is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor clubbed with Adreno 505 GPU. It is available in three RAM options: 2GB, 3GB and 4GB. While the 2GB RAM variant comes with 16GB of internal memory, the 3GB RAM Redmi 4 variant comes with 32GB RAM. The top end Redmi 4 with 4GB RAM, meanwhile, ships with 64GB of internal memory. All the versions support expandable memory. The Redmi 4 supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE and VoLTE.
The Redmi Y1 is also powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor clubbed with Adreno 505 GPU. It is available in two RAM options: 3GB and 4GB. While the 3GB RAM variant comes with 32GB of internal memory, the 4GB RAM Redmi Y1 variant comes with 64GB RAM. All the versions support expandable memory. The Redmi Y1 supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE and VoLTE.
Both the phones come with an IR-blaster that can be used (in tandem with the Mi Remote app or even some third-party solutions) to control smart home appliances. While the Redmi 4 comes with a massive 4,100mAh battery, the Redmi Y1 comes with a smaller 3,080mAh battery.
The Redmi 4 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (based MIUI 8) a two year old operating system at a time when Google has already launched Android O. It will be upgradable to Android Nougat-based MIUI 9. The Redmi Y1, meanwhile, runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9.
On the camera front, the Redmi 4 comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus along with an LED flash. The Redmi Y1 ships with the same rear camera as the one on-board the Redmi 4.
The Redmi Y1 comes with a whopping 16-megapixel camera on the front with an LED flash and smart photo-editing tricks courtesy MIUI 9. The Redmi 4, on the other hand, comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Redmi 4 is available for buying at a starting price of Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB memory version going all the way to Rs 10,999 for the top end 4GB RAM and 64GB memory version. The Redmi 4 3GB RAM and 32GB memory version costs Rs 8,999. The Redmi Y1, meanwhile, starts at Rs 8,999 and goes all the way to Rs 10,999.