Xiaomi Redmi 1S review: Captain China

Xiaomi Redmi 1S review: Captain China


4 out of 5
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Battery backup
4 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
Value for Money


4.1 out of 5


  • Pros:

    Affordable price
    Solid built
    Scratch resistant glass
    Mi Cloud integration
    Impressive camera

  • Cons:

    Heats up a bit
    Old Android version
    High RAM consumption

  • Conclusion:

    Xiaomi Redmi 1S has all good things to lead such as impressive specifications, solid built and an affordable price but its Chinese brand and limited availability is taking customers forward towards its competitors.


China has a huge potential to bring out new technology, whereas India has a vast market to absorb new products. Beijing-based Xiaomi came to know about this fact just after stepping into the Indian market. The company which debut with its flagship smartphone a couple of months back instantly gained with huge popularity among the customers, media and critics. After the arrival of its flagship, the Chinese smartphone maker brought its affordable Hongami 1S (Red Rice) smartphone in India and called it Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Though a large number of people are continually flaming over its flash sale model, the entry-level smartphone is getting more and more demand at the time of its each sale round. We are using the Redmi 1S for a long time to test its pros and cons. So here is our in-depth review on Xiaomi Redmi 1S.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

What’s in the Box

Xiaomi Redmi 1S is specifically designed for the entry-level segment and thus the company has not offered a box with full of goodies. The box of the Redmi 1S is made of an eco-friendly cardboard material, which is similarly designed as of the Mi3. There is just a Mi logo on the top of the box while its rear shows some details on the specifications of the smartphone as well as its price tag in India.

Opening the lid shows a Redmi 1S handset on the top and under the handset unit, there is an envelope which contains a user manual. Thereafter, the box has a USB-to-microUSB data cable and an AC charger. As we got a review unit, there was not any other thing available inside the box, albeit the retail box comes bundled with a Redmi 1S screen protector and a microSIM card tray.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S with in-box content

Overall, the in-box content of the Redmi 1S are quite enough when looking at its price but the company could provide at least a headset to make the deal more impressive.

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Its Design

Unlike the flagship smartphone, Xiaomi has used a plastic built for making the Redmi 1S. This built is not as solid as the aluminum-magnesium alloy frame on the Mi3 but it gives a robust feel in hand.

The front of Xiaomi Redmi 1S has a display panel which is protected by a ACG Dragontrail glass on the top. There are three keys below the display panel which are touch sensitive and supports haptic feedback but there is no backlight available to help users in dark. These three keys enable menu, home and back operations. A multi-color notification LED is available just below the touch-supported keys. The area above the display panel features an earpiece, a secondary camera and a couple of sensors – an ambient light sensor and a proximity sensor.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S with ACG Dragontrail glass protection on front

The right side of the Redmi 1S has a volume rocker and a power/lock key. Both the keys have silver finish to give stainless steel-like design. The left side is completely bare with no control.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S with volume rocker and power/lock key on right

The bottom of the Redmi 1S has a microUSB port and a pinhole microphone.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S with microUSB port and pinhole microphone on bottom

On the top, there is a 3.5mm jack for external audio sources.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S with a 3.5mm jack on top

The rear side of the Redmi 1S has matte finish plastic cover which sports a Mi logo on the bottom. There is a camera sensor along with an LED flash and a secondary microphone on the top. A loudspeaker grill is available on the right, just parallel to the camera sensor. The position of the loudspeaker is pretty great as it does not muffle audio even when the smartphone is placed on a mattress.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S with matte finish plastic back cover

The rear cover of the Redmi 1S is removable and taking it off shows a battery compartment. Above the battery compartment, there is a microSD card slot and two SIM card slots. These SIM card slots require normal-sized (mini) SIM cards for network connectivity.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S with dual-SIM card slot and a microSD card slot on rear

The overall design of the Redmi 1S does not state any uniqueness but gives a solid feel in hand. Anyone can easily considered it as a mid-range smartphone from its design. With all the ergonomics, the Redmi 1S has 137mm height, 69mm width and 9.9mm thickness. These dimensions make the weight of the Redmi 1S close to 160 grams.


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