Redmi 1S is latest device that went on sale last week and similar to the Mi3, the Redmi 1S is targeted towards consumers who are seeking a highly affordable phone that packs in all the features you’d expect from a higher priced phone.
Powering the device is a Snapdragon 400 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM that helps to run the MIUI OS. The processor and RAM combo won’t get any accolades for being speedy but it does offer satisfactory performance. The interface runs smooth but can turn jittery if you run and close a number of apps in a short amount of time. The phone also has a small amount of free RAM (around 250MB) at its disposable.
There’s about 6.14GB of internal storage available to the user but good thing about the Redmi 1S is that it comes with a microSD card slot. Although Xiaomi claims to support a microSD card of up to 64GB, our unit could not detect the 64GB card. The phone also supports USB OTG, in case you want to copy data from a flash drive.
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 of just Rs. 5,999. 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.