Specs summary

Screen
4.7"

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S's screen is 4.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228 Quad core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Xiaomi's performance ratings are 3 days standby time, minutes (2G), 891 minutes (3G).



A heavily discounted midranger made a splash at the box office.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews summary

7.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 8 reviews

What's good

  • Impressive camera performance for budget category
  • Good basic performance
  • Budget price tag

What's bad

  • Performance lags with multiple apps open
  • Mediocre sunlight legibility
  • Colors fade on lower brightness setting

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S is the first handset from the company that is officially available outside of countries where Chinese is not the official language. As a budget phone, the Redmi 1S doesn't boast a sleek design and instead opts for a traditional rectangular shape. At 158 grams, it is definitely not lightweight or thin at 0.4 inches. While reviewers describe it as clunky, they also add that it is solidly built without any wobbles or creaks.

The front panel sports a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 720p. Experts describe it as one of the best displays on a budget phone due to its vivid colors, decent sunlight legibility and overall crispness. Firstpost, however, was not as impressed. While they agree that colors pop on maximum they add, "…turn it lower and the image turns insipid very quickly." Others noticed issues with sunlight legibility though they go on to state that it is better than other phones in its price range.

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Performance-wise, the Redmi 1S comes packed with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Synthetic benchmark tests place it slightly above the more expensive Moto G. When put into real-life situations, its performance is decent. Experts did not experience any major lag when navigating the menu, browsing the web or using basic apps. However, once they began multi-tasking with numerous apps they did notice slow-downs and the occasional crash. Graphics-intensive games also suffered from some stuttering and lag, but critics had no issues with more casual games.

When it comes to budget phones, most companies tend to save money on the camera. Fortunately, Redmi does not follow that trend and offers a 5-piece lens with an f/2.2 aperture to capture more light and a 28mm wide-angle lens for wider shots. Critics praise the camera as the best in its price range with accurate color reproduction and good contrast though they note that they had some issues with focus.

While it might not be the perfect phone, reviewers consider it one of the best budget smartphones available. India Times says, "It redefines the entry-level smartphone segment and creates a new benchmark. The phone is not just good on paper but is also an all-round performer…"


Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


Fone Arena

One of the best budget smartphones ever made

from Fone Arena

The Redmi 1S is easily one of the best budget smartphones that you can buy in the market right now. Yes, it’s availability is restricted to online, especially on Flipkart, but it hasn’t stopped more than 200,000 people from buying it. So, if you are still on the fence, don’t thi...More

The Redmi 1S is easily one of the best budget smartphones that you can buy in the market right now. Yes, it’s availability is restricted to online, especially on Flipkart, but it hasn’t stopped more than 200,000 people from buying it. So, if you are still on the fence, don’t think about it. It has a great screen, a decent camera, great performance and offers them at a price other companies are struggling to match. Minor issues like overheating, which has been fixed in an update, and average battery life aside, the Redmi 1S is clearly class leading and, as mentioned before, one of the best budget smartphones ever made. It could be the Nokia 1100 of this generation, for all we know.

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GSMArena

Reasonable performance for the price

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S didn't work out quite as expected. The reflective display and far from compact body got us preparing for a letdown but the Redmi 1S did well to turn that around and finish on a high.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S would've been just a face in the Snapdragon 400 crowd was it not for the screen resolution and, of course, the price. It comes across as reasonably snappy and has very good imaging skills - but we can think of at least a dozen others that match that description...

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The Xiaomi Redmi 1S didn't work out quite as expected. The reflective display and far from compact body got us preparing for a letdown but the Redmi 1S did well to turn that around and finish on a high.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S would've been just a face in the Snapdragon 400 crowd was it not for the screen resolution and, of course, the price. It comes across as reasonably snappy and has very good imaging skills - but we can think of at least a dozen others that match that description.

Yet, it's probably the cheapest Snapdragon 400-powered smartphone you can get and one that delivers adequately or above expectations on most key performance aspects. 

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UnleashThePhones

An exceptional phone for its price

from UnleashThePhones

If you’re on a really tight budget and looking for a decent phone, there’s just nothing better out there right now. It’s really heartening to know that Xiaomi hasn’t attempted to cut corners on a device this inexpensive. At a similar (or close-ish) price, there’s the Asus Zenfone 4, Moto E, Lumia 530 and Micromax Unite 2 A106, all of which have their own pros and cons but none as much value-for-money as the Redmi 1S. Infact, I’d even say that the Xiaomi Redmi 1S is the phone to beat in the entry-level segment...

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If you’re on a really tight budget and looking for a decent phone, there’s just nothing better out there right now. It’s really heartening to know that Xiaomi hasn’t attempted to cut corners on a device this inexpensive. At a similar (or close-ish) price, there’s the Asus Zenfone 4, Moto E, Lumia 530 and Micromax Unite 2 A106, all of which have their own pros and cons but none as much value-for-money as the Redmi 1S. Infact, I’d even say that the Xiaomi Redmi 1S is the phone to beat in the entry-level segment.

There’s a sharp, bright screen, mostly lag-free performance, good camera, day-long battery life and solid build quality. Frankly the only thing that the Redmi 1S is missing out on, is that it is not on the latest version of Android.

All in all, the Redmi 1S is a incredibly capable smartphone, at an incredibly low pricetag. Definitely recommended.

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Tech Ticker

Perfect entry for a relatively new brand

from Tech Ticker

The Redmi 1S supports dual-SIM and has a good call quality that is helped by the dual mic for noise reduction. The battery on the device is rated at 2000mAh and in our tests with a single SIM, the phone lasted for more than a day with Wi-Fi and around 14 hours with two SIMs and lots of calls.

The MIUI OS is based on Android 4.3 is largely unchanged from what we saw in the Mi3. You’ve got the same lock screen that gives quick access to music, calls, messages, camera or flashlight; private messaging; no app drawer; Themes support; call recorder; FM Radio; Compass; MiTalk and more. Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed as to when MIUI v6 will be released but it should be soon...

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The Redmi 1S supports dual-SIM and has a good call quality that is helped by the dual mic for noise reduction. The battery on the device is rated at 2000mAh and in our tests with a single SIM, the phone lasted for more than a day with Wi-Fi and around 14 hours with two SIMs and lots of calls.

The MIUI OS is based on Android 4.3 is largely unchanged from what we saw in the Mi3. You’ve got the same lock screen that gives quick access to music, calls, messages, camera or flashlight; private messaging; no app drawer; Themes support; call recorder; FM Radio; Compass; MiTalk and more. Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed as to when MIUI v6 will be released but it should be soon.

All said and done, the Redmi 1S is not without its quirks but what masks these quirks is an attractive price tag. Moto E, Asus Zenfone 4 don’t stand a chance when you compare them with Redmi 1S’ hardware but Xiaomi has to optimise the software to give users a more fluid experience.

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The Indian Express

Patience pays

from The Indian Express

Despite the slow-charging battery, app crashes and the design flaws, the Xiaomi Redmi 1s is still the best phone you can buy at this price. Those problems are not deal-breakers, and importantly, Redmi 1s gets it right in the things that matter: screen quality, overall battery life, and camera.More

Despite the slow-charging battery, app crashes and the design flaws, the Xiaomi Redmi 1s is still the best phone you can buy at this price. Those problems are not deal-breakers, and importantly, Redmi 1s gets it right in the things that matter: screen quality, overall battery life, and camera.

The only issue with the phone is that purchase model, which is frustrating, annoying, and perhaps even insulting. Frankly, it’s ridiculous that buying a phone with your own hard-earned money is this difficult. If you’re fine with jumping through Xiaomi’s hoops, then the Redmi 1s is the phone to get.

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NDTV

Redefining value again

from NDTV

Xiaomi continues the trend of aggressive pricing first set by Motorola earlier this year. Samsung and Micromax, who were comfortably ruling the roost in the under-10k price segment, have had the carpet pulled out from under them.

Even more expensive phones such as the Moto E. The Micromax Unite 2 cannot match the Redmi 1S with its reliable performance, great camera, crisp screen and excellent battery life. The only major drawback we see is the lack of Android 4.4 (KitKat) at the moment.  ...

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Xiaomi continues the trend of aggressive pricing first set by Motorola earlier this year. Samsung and Micromax, who were comfortably ruling the roost in the under-10k price segment, have had the carpet pulled out from under them.

Even more expensive phones such as the Moto E. The Micromax Unite 2 cannot match the Redmi 1S with its reliable performance, great camera, crisp screen and excellent battery life. The only major drawback we see is the lack of Android 4.4 (KitKat) at the moment.  

Looking at this phone's specs, it is easy to make comparisons to the Moto G but we are consciously avoiding that at the moment since it is very nearly at the end of its life in the market, and will soon be succeeded by the Moto G2 (or whatever the final phone will be called). 

At the moment the Xiaomi Redmi 1S is the best buy under Rs. 8,000. The Chinese startup is expected to sell the phone starting September 2 using the same flash sale format. In the first round, 40,000 units will be put up for sale and we expect them all to be gone in a matter of seconds. We can easily recommend this phone because the price-to-performance ratio is unbelievably good - and thankfully, this isn't a case of 'too good to be true'. 

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The Mobile Indian

Affirms the budget value

from The Mobile Indian

As a budget device, the Redmi 1s sets a new benchmark in the sub Rs 6000 segment which will be very difficult to beat. This benchmark is in terms of delivering competitive and latest hardware married with smooth user interface. The camera manages to surprise us with the results and the performanc...More

As a budget device, the Redmi 1s sets a new benchmark in the sub Rs 6000 segment which will be very difficult to beat. This benchmark is in terms of delivering competitive and latest hardware married with smooth user interface. The camera manages to surprise us with the results and the performance. However, the lack of Android 4.4 KitKat update, heating issues and online only availability might make one think have second thoughts about the smartphone. In case both these are fixed with an update, then Redmi 1s does become worthy recommendation.

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Digit

Well built for the price that the company is asking

from Digit

So, this review has been about two things. Firstly, to find out whether the Xiaomi Redmi 1S any good, and secondly, is it really a competition breaker like the Mi3. While the answer to the first question is yes, the Redmi 1S isn't quite the competition breaker that the Mi3 was. It offers specs ab...More

So, this review has been about two things. Firstly, to find out whether the Xiaomi Redmi 1S any good, and secondly, is it really a competition breaker like the Mi3. While the answer to the first question is yes, the Redmi 1S isn't quite the competition breaker that the Mi3 was. It offers specs above its competitors, but doesn't deliver in terms of performance. What works most in favour of the Redmi 1S is its Rs. 5,999 price tag, which makes it very good value for money. We would definitely recommend this phone, but if you're expecting the wow factor that you had with the Mi3, then you may be disappointed.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 2, 2014
Regions available India
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228 Quad core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 402 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 414 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Unknown
3G Talk Time Up to: 891 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 6.9 x 1.0 cm (5.4 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 158 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 312 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Smile detection, White balance, HDR, Scene modes, Burst shot, Zero shutter lag
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments USB On-The-Go (OTG)
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