Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Redmi Y1 – How do they differ?

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite

Xiaomi has announced a new series of smartphones under the Redmi branding and these two phones come under the Y series. The Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite are the two phones, and even though each of them have a price below Rs. 10999, there are certain differences that keep the Redmi Y1 Lite under Rs. 7000.

In the comparison below, we talk about the specs of both the devices and look at how they differ.

Firstly, the price

  • Xiaomi Redmi Y1 3GB RAM, 32GB storage: Rs. 8999
  • Xiaomi Redmi Y1 4GB RAM, 64GB storage: Rs. 10999
  • Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite 2GB RAM, 16GB storage: Rs. 6999

The display

This is where the two phones are similar. It is a 5.5-inch 720p display with the Corning Gorilla Glass protection on both the devices here. The only difference is that the Y1 has a 2.5D glass on top.

The internal specs

While it is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor powering the Redmi Y1, the Lite is powered by the Snapdragon 425 processor. Both the chipsets are 64bit ones and while the Snapdragon 435 is an octa-core one, the 425 is a quad-core chipset.

The Redmi Y1 has variants with 3GB and 4GB of RAM while the Redmi Y1 Lite has a single variant with 2GB of RAM. Even the storage varies as the Redmi Y1 has 32GB and 64GB storage respectively and the Y1 Lite has 16GB storage.

For the storage expansion, there is a dedicated MicroSD card slot offered on both the phones.

The cameras

The camera on the back of the phones is the same as the Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite have a 13-megapixel rear camera with the F/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus along with the LED flash support.

It is the selfie camera where the Redmi Y1 is actually better. A 16-megapixel front-facing camera is offered here with the F/2.0 aperture and the LED flash support but on the other side, the Redmi Y1 Lite has a 5-megapixel front camera without any LED flash support.


In this category, both the phones are similar as they come with two Nano SIM card slots with the 4G LTE and VoLTE support. The devices also have an IR blaster for the quick remote functionality.

The other options for connectivity include Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-USB 2.0 port, and 3.5mm audio jack.


It is the same battery capacity offered on both the phones, though it is said that the Redmi Y1 will be offering a few hours of usage extra because of the better processing by the chipset, but the battery capacity is 3080 on both the phones.

Other differences

The Redmi Y1 has a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the phone for the security and on the other side, there is no fingerprint security given on the Y1 Lite.

It is a simple comparison to see that the Redmi Y1 is anyway better with a faster chipset, higher amount of RAM and storage, and also a better selfie camera, but the price too is quite high and if someone wants to compromise with other aspects but still wants to have a decent phone with a 5.5-inch screen, the Redmi Y1 Lite is the choice.