Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Note 4: What Should You Pick?

After Xiaomi introduced the new selfie series, it’s time we compared the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Note 4. Yes, the Redmi Note series isn’t a selfie smartphone. But the comparison is worth it.

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Redmi New Selfie Series

The introduction of the new selfie camera phones from Xiaomi has prompted us to take look at another phone from the Redmi series – the Note 4 and subsequently the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Note 4. Before this, we had compared the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Note 5. However, the difference between the Note 4-Note 5 and the Y1 is that the newly launched smartphone has a selfie-centric approach. But still, with the Xiaomi brand to go with, it’s not a bad idea to have a close look at the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Note 4.

Note: We are considering only the top variant of the Note 4 for this comparison.

Display & Resolution

The display of both the Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi Y1 are identical with 5.5-inches. This means you won’t find any difference in the category for comparison. So, which one would you prefer in this case? The answer then lies in the resolution segment. The resolution of these smartphones is 1080 x 1920 and 1280 x 720 respectively. So now you know which phone would best give you a viewing pleasure.

Also Read: The Exclusive Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Gets 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU

What do you think about this? The Y1, being a selfie-centric phone should at least the same resolution as that of the Note 4, if not better?

Processor & RAM

The Redmi Note 4 is more of a flagship device from Xiaomi than the Redmi Y1, which is a new entrant. Well, being a new entrant apart, the Note 4 scores a point over the Y1 thanks to the better processor. The Redmi Note 4 runs on Snapdragon 625, while the Redmi Y1 runs on Snapdragon 435.

 Comparison Details of Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Y1

Redmi Note 4

Redmi-Note-4-Snapdragon, Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Note 4

Redmi Y1

Xiaomi Redmi New Selfie Series, Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Note 4

 DISPLAY 5.5-inches 5.5-inches
RESOLUTION 1080 X 1920 1280 X 720
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 435
BATTERY  4100mAh 3080mAh
PRICE Rs. 12,999 Rs. 8,999 / Rs. 10,999

Like the resolution factor, the processor also has an upside over the Y1. However, when it comes to the RAM speed, there’s virtually nothing to choose from. The Note 4 has actually three RAM options to select from – 2GB/3GB/4GB, while the Y1 has 3GB and 4GB. This is actually a tough competition if you compare the RAM options.

Native Storage and Expandability

Xiaomi Redmi New Selfie Series

Continuing with the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Note 4 comparison, the next major factor is the memory comparison. These days a lot of space is needed thanks to the better camera features. Even GBs of space looks dwarf. As far as the internal storage is concerned, the Redmi Note 4 has three memory options to choose from – 16GB. 32GB and 64GB. On the other hand, the Y1 just comes with 32GB and 64GB. Good to see Xiaomi doing away with the 16GB variant.

Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Launch Date and Specifications in India

Being a flagship, the Note 4 has a microSD card option for pushing up memory. With a capacity of 256GB of expandable storage, there’s enough room even if you keep shooting images and videos. On the other hand, the Y1 doesn’t offer that much space. Even if you use a microSD card, you can push the memory only up to 128GB – half of what the Redmi Note 4 offers.

OS & Battery

The Redmi Note 4 was released with the Marshmallow OS platform version. The advantage for the Y1 is that it gets the Android version at the time of launch. This means even if its battery is slightly lower at 3080mAh than the Redmi Note 4’s 4100mAh, the Nougat offers better battery optimization.

However, both the Note 4 and the Y1 will surely get the Oreo in the near future. So, that should again bring both devices on the same plank.

Also Read: Specs, Renders and Price of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Are Out!


And now, coming to the main point of the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 vs Redmi Note 4 comparison is the camera feature. Honestly speaking, Xiaomi isn’t a brand known for its cameras. Still, coming out with a selfie-centric smartphone is surely some big picture the Chinese company is trying to look at.

The 13MP main camera of the Note 4 has f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus as well as dual-LED (dual tone) flash. But as the Y1 is a selfie phone, it’s front camera is better than the main camera of Note 4 at 16MP.


As far as the pricing of the Redmi Y1 is concerned, there are a couple of options to choose from. For the 3GB-32GB combo, you will have to shell out Rs. 8,999. For the bigger 4GB-64GB variant, the price goes up a bit at Rs. 10,999.

Availability & Offers

The Redmi Y1 will become available for purchase starting November 8. You can get the smartphone either from Mi.com or Amazon India. The available colors will be dark grey and gold.

Xiaomi has tied up with Idea Cellular and Reliance Digital. For Idea users, there will be 280GB of extra data on 4G to avail of.


Overall, the Redmi Note 4’s top variant has multiple reasons to score a point over the newly launched Redmi Y1. It’s better in terms of the RAM, storage, and screen resolution among other features. Tell you what you think about the new Redmi phone and would it be worth to buy it or continue with the blockbuster Redmi Note 4.

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