Stylish and Cheap Xiaomi Redmi 1S

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Display and configuration

The Xiaomi Redmi 1s flaunts a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. It runs Android 4.3, further enhanced by MIUI v5. Under the hood ticks a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.6GHz, complemented by 1GB of RAM.

Although the MIUI ROM loaded on the phone is excellent in terms of features and user-friendliness, but comes with a few bugs resulting in to issues like overheating, poor RAM management, poor battery backup etc.

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Camera and storage

The Xiaomi Redmi 1s is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera assisted by an LED flash for low-light photography. It also gets a 1.3MP camera at the front for video chatting and selfies. The handset holds 8GB of flash storage onboard, out of which only 4.48GB is available to users. You can expand the memory up to 32GB using a microSD card.

Connectivity and battery

Connectivity options in the Xiaomi Redmi 1s include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, GPS, USB, USB on-the-go etc. Responsible to keep the device fuelled is a 2,000mAh battery, which is user replaceable.

Verdict

Want to get a high-end smartphone, but low on budget, the Xiaomi Redmi 1s is your thing. The handset brings you the Snapdragon 400 SoC, HD display and an 8-megapixel camera in a price range reserved for entry level smartphones. If you can accumulate enough trust for this new Chinese entrant in the Indian marketplace, go for it. We hope the bugs will be fixed with upcoming software upgrades.

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