It’s well established fact that Xiaomi Redmi 1S is offering much more than the asking price. Xiaomi will retail 40,000 units of Redmi 1S in India on September 2 which are expected to run out of stock very soon. This poste is meant to address all your Xiaomi Redmi 1S queries and before we proceed let’s take a quick look at the hardware you will get for only 5,999 INR.

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Xiaomi Redmi 1S Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 4.7 Inch  IPS LCD, 1280 X 720p HD resolution,  312 PPI
  • Processor: 1.6  GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 MSM8228 processor with Adreno 305 GPU
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Software Version: Android 4.3 Jelly bean based MIUI 5.0 ROM
  • Camera: 8 MP, Can record 1080p Full HD videos
  • Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP, can record 720p Videos
  • Internal Storage:  8 GB
  • External Storage: 64 GB using MicroSD card
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • Connectivity:  HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS,  Micro USB 2.0
  • Dual SIM (Both Normal SIM)

QnA Redmi 1S Free RAM, Available Storage, Call Recording, Internet Sharing, Add More Home Screens

Question – Does Xiaomi Redmi 1S have Corning Gorilla Glass Protection?

Answer- No, the Smartphone was earlier reported to have Gorilla Glass 2, but the Indian version will come with Ashai Dragontrail scratch resistant glass. Buy a scratch guard.

Question – What comes inside the Box?

Answer- There are no headphones inside. Box contains micro USB cable, 2 Ampere wall charger, SIM adapters, Warranty card and Battery.

Question – Does Xiaomi Redmi 1S has Mi3 like heating issues?

Answer – No, we didn’t observe any unconventional heating.

Question –What size SIM card is supported? Do both SIM support 3G?

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Answer – Redmi 1S accepts 2 Normal sized SIM cards and only one SIM slot supports 3G. 3G Video calling option is not present.

Question – How is the call quality?

Answer – We didn’t face any issue regarding signal reception or call quality. You can record all calls you make or receive.

Question – Does it have LED notification light?

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Answer – Yes, It does have LED notification light on the bottom edge. LED light also supports multiple colors for different notifications.

Question – How much is Free Storage?

Answer – Out of 8 GB about 6.14 GB is available at user end. You can also use up to 64 GB MicroSD card as well.

Question – Can Apps be transferred to SD Card

Answers – No, you will have to remain content with little more than 6 GB of internal storage for Apps. Media and other content can be stored on SD card.

Question – Does lack of backlit capacitive keys affect Usage?

Answer – Not really, Since there are only 3 capacitive keys, your muscle memory will be adapted to it in no time and it won’t make much of a difference.

Question – Does it support USB OTG?

Answer – Yes, Xiaomi Redmi 1S supports USB OTG

Question – How is the Display of Redmi 1S?

Answer – The 10 point Multi Touch IPS LCD display from Sharp Technologies has 720p HD display and everything looks crisp and clear. Colors are also very good. The touch is very smooth and responsive, but the glass is slightly reflective which effects outdoor visibility. Overall the display is impressive at these prices.

Question – How is the Build Quality?

Answer – build quality hasn’t been compromised to accommodate budget price. The round side edges coupled with matte finish back cover gives a nice grip. The phone feels sturdy and poses enough heft to feel substantial.

Question – How is the Camera Quality?

Answer – The smartphone camera is the best you can hope for at this price range. The 8 MP rear shooter gives very good low light performance and can record 1080p videos. Advanced mode in Camera App gives you more options to toggle with including Macro Mode and an option to capture fast moving videos.

Redmi 1S Camera Review, Features, Photo Samples and Recorded Video Sample [Video]

Question – How much Did Redmi 1S score on Antutu and Nenamarks 2?

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Answer – Antutu Score is 18,507. But irrespective of the score everything played fine. High end games work without any lag, but due to limited storage you can’t keep many of them on board. Nenamark score was 43 Fps.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Benchmark, Gaming Review with MC4, Blood and Glory, FC D Day and Temple Run Oz [Video]


Question –  How many sensors does Redmi 1S have?

Answer –  You can see all Sensors listed in the screenshot below

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Question – How much RAM is available on first boot?

Answer – Around 500 MB RAM is free on first boot. RAM cleaner in MIUI Ram works smoothly.

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Question – How is GPS Locking?

Answer – GPS locking was instantaneous. We got GPS locked in no time.

Question – How Loud is Loudspeaker on Redmi 1S?

Answer – Loudspeaker is good. Loudness doesn’t reduce drastically when the phone is resting on its back. We are satisfied with the loudspeaker performance.

Question – Can Xiaomi Redmi 1S play Full HD 1080p Videos?

Answer – Yes, it can smoothly play full HD and HD videos.

Question – Can Redmi 1S be connected to Bluetooth headsets?

Answer – Yes, you can connect it to Bluetooth headset

Question – Is WiFi Display supported?

Answer – Yes, WiFi display is supported

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Questions – How is the Battery backup?

Answer – Battery backup is decent. We got 2.5 hours of backup with HD videos playing in loop. This will translate to 1 day usage for all basic  and moderate users. Good thing is that the 2050 mAh battery is removable and replaceable, Xiaomi will soon sell Redmi 1S battery on flipkart. Since a 2 A charger is bundled with the device, charging is fast.

Question – What kind of accessories will be available with Redmi 1S?

Answer – Xiaomi Redmi 1S back covers, cases, silicone gel cases, Scratch Guard, etc will go on sale along with the smartphone on 2nd September 2014.

QnA Xiaomi Redmi 1S Free MicroSIM Adaptors, OTG, Nenamark Score, Sensors List, Camera Resolution [Video]

Conclusion

Xiaomi Redmi 1S is undoubtedly a steal at 5,999 INR. You can register and buy the phone from flipkart on September 2. The phone is expected to run out of stock in matter of seconds. In case you have any other questions regarding Redmi 1S, let us know in the comment section below.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S India Unboxing, Full Review, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera, MIUI Features and Overview [Video]

145 COMMENTS

  1. good job deepak.. this is the first post I’ve actually read from Abhishek’s blogs :). Nice work..

    @Abhishek: Good job buddy. keep up the good work!

  2. How about touch sence how smooth it is.. Compared to mi3 ?
    What about software version still jellybean compatible to all apps?..
    Will it get update…?
    How is playstore working smoothly working ?

    Pls check how the touch working while charging mobile ?

    • 4.3 is compatible with most apps as of now, but compatibility might be an issue in future. It won’t be an issue with most popular apps. No official word on OS update yet. I personaly don’t think it is likely. The touch is working fine while charging.

  3. can’t we use app2sd or similar apps to move applications from phone memory to sd card? If not then it would be major worry to install many of the games which come in gigabytes ..

    • No apps2SD wont work on any phone unless App developer or OEM allows you to transfer app to SD card. For most users 6.14 GB will be good enough for Apps. But yes it will be a limitation for those who like to play high end games

  4. hello, i have only one gsm sim that i use will the 3G work? because in specs it says 3g CDMA slot and 2G gsm, can you please shed some light on the same.. TIA

  5. I am using Vodafone 3G internet on my present mobile which is GSM, can I access 3G on Redmi 1S ?

    I am seeing 3G WCDMA and 2G GSM on the specs…

  6. i want to buy a new mobile and my budget up to 7k .
    so tell me 1S is best ….
    and what about the service of 1s .
    and can you tell me about its service center in rajasthan .

    • you can call toll free flipkart or Xiaomi number for details about service center. Xiaomi is serious anout after sales service, but it takes time to establish after sales support network. Delhi and Banglore have Xiaomi exclusive service center. There are 36 other centers in 20 cities.

    • it doesn’t. Moto G has even lesser Free RAM, but it works well. Having said that, yes you can notice some frame drops in UI Transitions occasionally, most new users won’t notice this

  7. i m not able to get it today in Flipkart..next sale in flipkart at 9th sep. 🙁
    when it will be available in other site like amazon, ebay??

  8. should i buy this phone or not ?/
    i am first time buying smartphone …
    so give me right advise sir ///
    my budget upto 7k.
    and give me alternate option if available

      • hi deepak,
        Amazing work your doing here.
        Really your posts helped me a lot to find better phone for me.
        I am having few question for you regarding headset.
        Currently I am using Apple iphone latest head set.
        With this I am able to play songs, can do forward backward.
        But not able to increase volume and one more main thing is, I am not able to pick the calls from head set.
        Please help me with the settings.
        Thanks in advance.

  9. Dear Deepak , Can u suggest me any better phone from Indian Manufacturer .. which competes Redmi1S in performance.. Coz I dnt wish to go fr a Chinese brand (wud opt fr a Desi Company rather)…

    Also if we compare Redmi and Asus 450CG then what is ur verdict.. hw abt Battery life of Asus 450CG..

    • lets wait till September 15 when Android One phones will be launched from desi brand. We havent done full review of Zenfone 450CG so not sure about the battery backup yet.

        • Android One program is where Google and Micromax, Karbonn, Spice work in close cordination to provide a good $100 phone. Google will control the software directly and you will get all latest updates. This is a huge plus point as upcoming Android L is expected to boost performance and battery life.

  10. Sir do you think selling Moto E and purchasing Redmi 1S is worth because my friends said its not worth because it is just a Chinese company …what do you say??

  11. Can anybody tell me whether redmi 1s is compatible with other headphones like nokia wh-208 or coloud series headphones?

  12. Thats was good!! I wanted to know whether it can charge itself when connected to a lappy or pc by a usb cable??? ( as i read somwhere that it doesnt )

  13. Hi Deepak,

    I was supposed to buy Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG, but it was out of stock now. Fortunately I got Redmi 1S from flikart. So it will deliver on this 15 ( Cash on delivery ). Still i am confusing need to wait for Asus or go with Redmi.
    Please please please advice.
    Is the redmi support Video calls?,

  14. Sir,i m using the device from last monday and facing heating issue..if i use wifi for 20 mins for browsing the device get heated an temperature of the device rise to 40.0°c+ ,even i face same issue while playing games and watching videos….is these normal or hardware issue??and does it faced by all the redmi device?

    • several users are reporting heating issues, Although we didn’t face any on our review unit, we are trying to get another review unit to test this

    • i didn’t face any such issues on our review unit. we are trying to get another unit to test this as several users are reporting this issue. Can you further elaborate your usage.

  15. what about heating issue, all those receiving mobile saying phone heats up very fast even on normal use.my redmi 1s coming within 2 days so plz tell me what i will do cancel the order or not. i wnt to gift phone to someone so dont want any issue(specially heatig).

    • several users are repoting this problem, although we didn’t face this issue on our review unit, we are trying to get another unit for testing.

      • I m also facing this issue, Deepak, I don’t understand , why your testing unit not able to reproduce the issue as so many members facing this.try with WIFI on and browse your phone up to 15 mins continuously then u will get this heating isssue. RAM consuming issue is also one of the major drawback of this phone.

        • we have tested another unit as well. That one works fine as well. we tried gaming for about 25 minutes, still it didn’t heat up much.

  16. Hi, so i received my redmi phone today. It works really well and post helped a lot thank you so much. The camera works really well with whatsapp, instagram,etc. but NOT on Snapchat. I tried rebooting the phone and reinstalling the app but it still doesn’t work. I wanted to know if its just a problem with my phone or does redmi not support snapchat? PLEASE HELP.

  17. Thank you Deepak for all your updates on Redmi 1S. Would you please let me know whether Redmi 1s can be charged through cable connected to PC? I tried but could not charge. Any solution? If the charger supplied is 2 Amperes, does it effect when we use normal usb cable to charge connecting to PC?

  18. Hello Deepak,
    The box says external storage is expandable upto 64 GB whereas it’s mentioned as 32 GB above.
    Could you lemme know the exact specs? Also, which 64 GB micro SD card will be compatible with the device?

    Thanks

    • we have tested another Redmi 1S unit and this one too didn’t have any heating issue. I don’t think all handsets will have this issue

  19. Very sorry to say that review is not correct…. All the phone having heating issue…. I am also facing this. Ram management is also very bad. Rest is very good….

  20. HI friends,
    So many problems in Redme 1S. contacts not properly sync. apps also crash. then heating issue, then no battery backup, if u r using net with in 1 hour charge also dry. etc…….

  21. Hi deepak,
    can we expect the solution for RAM consumption issue which is a major one in case of performance?if yes,when it will come ?

  22. Dear deepack I bought redmi 1s on 9 th everything is good except heating while making calls and playing games.how can I resolve this problem, can I send it back.please advise me.

  23. how is performance of redmi when we r using the andriod luncher ???
    can u plz suggest me which is best for better performance asap

  24. Hi Deepak
    I’m facing some problem with redmi 1s internet calls like skype, viber, tango, if i trying to make such calls through skype it will automatically disconnected … can u please give me a solution to resolve this problem..

  25. i can’t make video call in red mi is there any problem in that or it not support video calling.. and my phone has poor battery backup and heating problem what to do pls suggest

  26. Thanks Deepak for all the information that you are sharing. I am pretty happy with the phone and not much heating issues as you say.
    The only problem that i am facing is that this phone cannot be encrypted like most of the android phones. I need encryption to enable my office email on this phone through Microsoft exchange. I can reach till the step when it starts encryption but it doesnt do anything after that. I also red in few other forums that Redmi 1s doesn’t have encryption at the moment. Do you think of any workarounds?

    Can we say – folks who would need ecryption (may or may not be for official emails from their companies) need to rethink before buying this phone.

  27. Hello Deepak Singh-Thanks for updating us with your valuable advises.

    Also a Big Thanks to MIUI Team as the Major heating problem was almost 80% solved with recent/latest update v45.0.

    But still I am facing few problems with RedMi 1s listed below,
    1)***App lock/ Or Most apps are not working when/if I run Clear background running’s/restart phone.***
    2)Folders/files are not visible when you connect to Win Xp system.But, it works for Win 7.
    3)***Can I get the steps to shift my apps/data to SD card, if it’s possible.***
    4)Unable to change the date format to (Indian style) DD/MM/YY.
    5)*Unable to sync whats up contacts to SIM card contacts/ not listing contacts in whats up app.*
    6)It not compatible to all 3.5 mm ear phones Ex: Nokia WH -205.I cross checked many times.

    Please advice? or correct me if I am wrong.

  28. Hello Deepak Singh & all -Thanks for updating us with your valuable advises.

    Also a Big Thanks to MIUI Team as the Major heating problem was almost 80% solved with recent/latest update v45.0.
    But still I am facing few problems with RedMi 1s listed below,
    1)***App lock Or Many apps are not working when/if I run clear background running’s/restart phone.***
    2)Unable to view Files or Folders in Win Xp. But can see in Win 7.
    3)Can I get the steps to shift my apps/data to SD card, if it’s possible.
    4)Unable to change the date format to (Indian style) DD/MM/YY.
    5)Unable to sync whats up contacts thru SIM card contacts/ Or not listing contacts in whats up app.
    6)It is not compatible to all 3.5 mm ear phones Ex: Nokia WH -205.

    Please advice or correct me if I am wrong.

  29. Hi Deepak
    Im facing an issue regarding my internet access. While using mobile data packs, it seems that the internet gets disconnected very often automatically. Then it wont strt until I contact the customer care, I didnt had this issue for my previous mobile. Hence I’m pretty sure that this is not due to my mobile service provider but due to the phone itself. Can you suggest any solutions?.
    Thanks in advance 🙂

  30. Can someone help me?? i just bought my Redmi1s t yesterday and i tried to use the recorder but it always says ” another application may be using the recording function. please check and try again”..i didnt use any application… how can i fix this… hellppp

  31. i need to know wer will be the files transferred via bluetooth will be stored in redmi 1s????
    could u help me with the relevant answer??

  32. Hi Deepak, I too got a Redmi 1s 🙂 it is pretty good. Looks simply superb and trendyy :p… And only issue i’m facing is i couldn’t make a Skype or hangout call saying “camera error”. I updated my MIUI V45.0. Need suggestion plsss………

  33. Dear Deepak, Can u suggest me still am faceing heating problem…while the conversation???? is there any way to slove the problem???

  34. Dear Deepak

    I purchased Redme 1s on 25nov. phone is working fine after V45 update. however i am facing small problem – ” sim(2G) contact not showing on redmi 1s “. could you please advice, how to resolve this issue ?

  35. i am not able to do video calls using hangout, whenever i try to connect , it is camera error every time . what may be the issue ?

  36. Hey hi Deepak…
    After 1 month of purchasing Redmi 1S. I got some problem with it. It gets switch off automatically and offenly. I dono what to do now. I tried to find the solution on net, but din get it.SO plz plz plz help me out in resolving this issue of getting automatic switch off.
    Thanks.

    • plz try to run it in safe mode for some time. It might be a battery saver or other app acting up. (for safe mode long press power key>> long tap Power tap>> it will prompt you to boot in safe mode>> press ok)

  37. Hi deepak my redme battery backup was very bad, its backup 3 to4 he’s only, my battery usage almost 70 % taken to display while I put 10% brightness pls help me to find solutions.

  38. Dear Deepak
    I have been using 1s for the past two months. No major problems as such except for occasional heating, scree freeze, etc. However, the problem which I am encountering now is that there were two icons which appeared on my laptop screen once I connected my device to it. One was for the redmi 1s drive and another for file transfer. However, since saturday, the file transfer icon is missing from the laptop screen whenever I connect the device with the system. I tried reinstalling the software from the redmi 1s drive which is displayed when connected. Then another issue crops up. It shows some drive has not been installed successfully. I think it is because of that the file transfer option has gone missing. Also, I dont know how to download the drive as mentioned by microsoft help. I dont know what to do as all the instructions and the redmi 1s drive are in mandarin. I looked up for support on web but there was no specific solution to my problem. I have high hopes that you would come to my rescue. Please reply to the above problem and solve the issue. Thanks in advance

  39. Dear Abhishek, Can you please help to resolve the following issue in my Redmi 1s mobile set:
    Actually i’m unable to open my set after the shut down successfully.
    1. I tired Recovery option too. like Wipe / Reset and wiped all data.
    2. I tired Reboot also.
    But i failed to open the set. I need a solution as soon as possible, How can i start my Redmi 1s mobile.

  40. Dear Deepak,
    I have a Redmi 1s. It Hangs, Hangs, Hangs everytime I go into contacts and type a few search words. Can ypu help me to make my phone stable without hanging. Thanks.
    Capt Benji

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