Xiaomi Redmi 1S : The Budget smartphone review


The Xiaomi Redmi 1S priced at Rs. 5,999 is now available exclusively for the Flipkart First subscribers who registered to buy the handset.

Flipkart, the exclusive online retailer of Xiaomi handsets in India, sent an email titled ‘Early Access to Redmi 1S’ to its Flipkart First subscribers, mentioning, “The first two thousand Flipkart First subscribers who register to buy, will get the Redmi 1S added to their cart automatically and they can purchase the Redmi 1S on Sep 1 2pm IST, one day prior to its India launch.”

The Redmi 1S comes in a simple packaging made from recycled material. Along with the usual documentations and warranty info, the company has bundled the phone with a USB cable and a wall socket. Sadly, there are no earphones onboard and you’ll have to supply your own. Being made from polycarbonate, the phone doesn’t look cheap and it has a very durable feel to it.

In fact, its curved edges deliver a comfortable grip, although a weight of 158 grams is a bit outside our comfort zone. And the handset isn’t the slimmest either as it measures 9.9mm thick. Well, these small drawbacks can be easily overlooked them moment you glance at that attractive price tag.The Redmi 1S runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Xiaomi’s MIUI v5 skin on top of it.


The Redmi 1S has an 8-megapixel BSI camera with flash which can record 1080p videos. It also has a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera. There is a 2,000mAh battery. The phone accepts two Mini-SIM cards, but only one will be usable on 3G networks. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 round out the list of connectivity options.


Xiaomi Redmi 1S quick specs:

– Android 4.3 Jelly Bean MIUI
– 4.7-inch HD(720p) display
– 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 64GB expandable
– 1.6GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor
– 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera
– Dual SIM (3G + 2G) support, Bluetooth 4.0
– 2000mAh battery (removable)

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