China based vendor Xiaomi is all set to enter the Indian smartphone arena today. While the firm’s yesteryear flagship model Mi3 has been announced for a price of Rs 14,999 exclusively via Flipkart, more handsets will be joining it. There is a launch event going on in New Delhi and Xiaomi has launched Redmi 1S priced at 6,999 INR only. . Lets go through the quick review of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S below:

xiaomi redmi 1s

Camera and Internal Storage

The Redmi 1S is given an average 8 MP primary snapper that is coupled with LED flash, auto focus, HDR and FHD 1080p video recording features. Furthermore, the device also incorporates a 1.6 MP front-facing camera that is capable of making video calls at HD 720p resolution. While there is nothing out-of-the-box in the imaging department, it appears to be worthy enough for a stiff competition with its rivals.

Internal storage is 8 GB and can be further expanded to 64 GB using a micro SD card. While most budget smartphone manufacturers are still stuck with 4 GB storage, Xiaomi deserves some honor.

Processor and Battery

The SoC used in the Xiaomi Redmi 1S is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset that houses a 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor for decent performance. This processor is clubbed with Adreno 305 graphics engine to handle the gaming requirements of users and 1 GB of RAM for efficient multi-tasking.

Battery capacity is 2,000 mAh, which sounds moderate considering the specifications of the handset. However, the handset is expected to last for decent hours under low to moderate usage.

Display and Features

The Redmi 1S boasts of a 4.7 inch IPS LCD display that carries a HD screen resolution packing 1280×720 pixels. This totals to a decent pixel density of 312 pixels per inch that should suffice basic tasks such as watching videos, browsing the net and playing games. Furthermore, to make it capable of resisting scratches and damage to some extent, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection.

Based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system out-of-the-box, the handset is topped with Xiaomi’s MIUI layer on top. The device features standard connectivity features along with the much acclaimed OTG support for easy transfer of content between two devices without the necessity of a host.

Comparison

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S will be a stiff challenger to the smartphones such as Moto E,  Moto G, Asus Zenfone 5, Nokia Lumia 630, Xolo Q1100 and others.

Key Specs

Model Xiaomi Redmi 1S
Display 4.7 inch, HD
Processor 1.6 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 64 GB
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Camera 8 MP/ 1.3 MP
Battery 2,000 mAh
Price  6,999 INR

What we Like

  • Powerful processor
  • Competitive pricing
  • Support for USB OTG

Price and Conclusion

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S is a really amazing phone with an amazing design and good camera set for its pricing. The phone is definitely a tough competitor to beat in Sub 10K price range. Xiaomi has provided with more than what you can expect in this price range . We expect this to go out of stock pretty soon so you better make up your mind and timely register your unit on flipkart.