Xiaomi Redmi 1S smartphone has been launched in India priced at Rs. 5,999. Notably, the smartphone was first announced
for India at Rs. 6,999, but the company seems to have had a change in mind at the last minute as far as pricing is concerned. The smartphone will be available via its first flash sale on September 2, and customers can register for it on Flipkart after 6pm IST on Tuesday.
The dual-SIM (Regular-SIM) Xiaomi Redmi 1S
with dual standby was first announced for China in May, and features a 4.7-inch 720x1280 pixel IPS-LCD display with AGC Dragontrail glass protection and a pixel density of roughly 312ppi. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI v5 skinned on top. The company has promised an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat with MIUI v6
towards the end of the year.
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Xiaomi's Redmi 1S is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC (MSM8228), coupled with Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It has 8GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). The Redmi 1S also features an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash, alongside a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Redmi 1S comes with 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Direct and hotspot functionality, Micro-USB, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB OTG connectivity options. It is powered by a 2000mAh battery, weighs 158 grams, and has dimensions of 137x69x9.9mm.
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The company has also announced accessories for the Redmi 1S, with screen protectors (matte and clear) priced at Rs. 179, a flip cover at Rs. 559, back cover in colours at Rs. 459, and a silicone cover at Rs. 359.
Considering the phone's price tag, it is likely there will be an enthusiastic response to Redmi 1S, and it will be interesting to see if the smartphone will be plagued the kind of stock shortages that have become synonymous with the Xiaomi Mi 3
) in India.
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The Xiaomi Redmi Note
alongside the Redmi 1S for India back in July, however, the company is yet to announce launch details - despite having already provided a price of Rs. 9,999. The company's phablet offering, it features a 5.5-inch 720x1280 pixel IPS-LCD display with an approximate pixel density of 267ppi. Featuring dual-SIM support with dual standby, the Xiaomi Redmi Note is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK6592 SoC, coupled with Mali-450MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the MIUI v5 skin on top. It features a 13-megapxiel rear autofocus camera with LED flash, as well as a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. It comes with 8GB of built-in storage along with microSD card expandability (up to 32GB). Connectivity options on the Redmi Note include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Direct and hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB with OTG, and GPS/ A-GPS.