Xiaomi Redmi 1S review: Stormtrooper

Xiaomi has been a regular around here lately and one of the last times we heard of them was how they sold a boatload of phones in no time. And it wasn’t their finest either. A heavily discounted midranger made a splash at the box office, in India no less.

And it wasn’t like the company was clearing up old stock – it would’ve sold fivefold judging by the number of registrations. Yep, the Redmi 1S is a tempting offer but the sub-$100 price in that Indian flash sale made it nearly impossible to resist. Similarities to what Motorola did with their bestseller, the Moto G, are by no means accidental.

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Xiaomi Redmi 1S official pitures

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S is playing by the book – the midrange chapter to be precise. It has a 4.7″ IPS display of 720p resolution, Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor, a decent 8MP camera, and 8GB of inbuilt storage. Like we said, Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S is trying to beat the Moto G at its own game and is by no means clueless about how to do it.

Key features

  • 4.7″ IPS 720p capacitive touchscreen with 312pi pixel density; AGC Dragontrail glass
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI v.5
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU; 1 GB of RAM; Adreno 305 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 8 MP camera with LED flash, 1080p video capture
  • 1.6 MP front-facing camera; 720p video recording
  • 8 GB of built-in memory, expandable via a microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Dual-SIM
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone
  • 2,000mAh battery

Main disadvantages

  • No LTE (single-SIM 4G version available in China)
  • No KitKat yet
  • Thick and heavy

No doubt about that, it’s Xiaomi’s take on the older-gen Moto G, add or take. The Redmi 1S is currently on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean while the Moto G enjoys KitKat. On the flipside, it’s got an 8MP camera with 1080p videos against 5MP stills and a 720p camcorder on the Moto. They both offer 8GB of storage but the Xiaomi Redmi 1S easily tops that with a microSD slot.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S puts a simple finish to what’s a rather plain design to begin with. Nothing wrong with the looks, we find it a sensible if understated styling. It’s not impressively compact but then again, the Moto G is clearly thicker and gets away with it.

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Xiaomi Redmi 1S live pictures

Anyway, we’ll have enough time to reflect on the design. That’s exactly what we’re up to next, right after the break.

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