For good or bad, Xiaomi has been in news more so often than anyone else. But then, everyone else have sobered down and probably waiting for September and IFA to start afresh. The Chinese company though is happy to keep its Indian consumers guessing. After suspending Mi 3 sales, Xiaomi is focusing on the Redmi 1S sales in India. We got the retail unit of the Redmi 1S which we unboxed last night.

Specs to flaunt

Priced at Rs.5,999 (~USD 100), the Indian version of Redmi 1S (also known as Hongmi 1S elsewhere) comes with a 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD display and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It has a 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 sensor and 1.6MP front facing camera. Internal storage is restricted to just 8GB, but it has an expandable memory slot, which can accommodate up to 32GB.

None of the competition at its price point comes close to the Redmi 1S in terms of specifications. Motorola’s Moto E started the trend of high performing phones at budget prices, and was followed by the likes of Lava Iris X1, Micromax Unite and Asus ZenFone 4. But none of them stand neck to neck with the Redmi 1S, which sweeps away the competition with superior hardware overall – be it in display, camera, processor or storage. In fact, the Redmi 1S competes and at times beats the higher priced Moto G if one compares the hardware specifications.

Quality Build

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Both Moto E and Asus ZenFone 4 came with very good build quality, and Redmi 1S isn’t too different. Flaunting a plastic body overall, the red colored touch keys add to the looks on the front. The plastic back has grayish shade to it and can be replaced with other colors available as accessories. At 159g, it isn’t the lightest phone we have seen, but the phone feels good and secure to hold in one hand, thanks to smart distribution of weight throughout.

The display is the highlight of this phone. The IPS LCD screen has some nice viewing angles and looks sharp and bright on first look. The touchscreen response is excellent. The 8MP camera comes with auto-focus, but needs to be tested for performance in various lighting conditions. But the fact that it can record Full HD 1080p videos is an awesome thing.

The Redmi 1S comes with a 2050mAh battery which is removable. Xiaomi will be selling the official spare batteries along with a charging dock. It remains to be seen if it can match (if not better) Moto E’s battery performance.

We shall be taking a detailed look over the next few days. So if you have any questions, do let us know through the comments section below and we shall do our best to address those in our detailed review.

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