Xiaomi unveils Redmi 1S and Redmi Note smartphones in India

Xiaomi Redmi 1s and NoteIn addition to the Mi 3, Xiaomi also unveiled the Redmi 1S and Redmi Note smartphones for the Indian market today. The smartphones will be available soon in the country but the company has not revealed the exact availability details right now. Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra did say that the consumers can expect Redmi 1S in early-August and Redmi Note in late August but these are tentative launch schedules.

Coming to the smartphones, Xiaomi Redmi 1S is an entry-level smartphone and will be competing with the likes of Moto E and Asus Zenfone 4 in the country. It features a 4.7-inch HD display, 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. In addition, the Redmi 1S packs microSD card slot, 2000 mAh battery, dual-SIM support and 8MP rear camera. You can check out the detailed specifications later in the report.

On the other hand, Redmi Note is a budget phablet, which comes with 5.5-inch HD display, 1.6GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM and 13MP rear camera. The phone also features 5MP front shooter, 3100 mAH battery and dual-SIM support.


Xiaomi has priced Redmi 1S at INR 6,999, while Redmi Note will retail for INR 9,999 in the country. The smartphones will be exclusively released at Flipkart.com.

Redmi 1S specifications

  • Display: 4.7-inch 720p HD IPS (1280x720p)
  • Processor: 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM, 3G (WCDMA), Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS + GLONASS, AGPS
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, microSD card slot
  • Cameras: 8MP rear with f2.2 and LED flash, 1.6MP front
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • OS: Android based MIUI v5
  • Size: 137x69x9.9mm
  • Google Play support: Yes

Redmi Note specifications

  • Display: 5.5-inch 720p HD IPS (1280x720p)
  • Processor: 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM, 3G (WCDMA), Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS + GLONASS, AGPS
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, microSD card slot
  • Cameras: 13MP rear with f2.2 and LED flash, 5MP front
  • Battery: 3100 mAh
  • OS: Android based MIUI v5
  • Size: 154×78.7×9.5mm, 199 grams
  • Google Play support: Yes
  • Colour: White


  1. Redmi 1S has great specs for the price.
    I am glad that they released 1s (SD 400 processor) rather than 1 (MTK processor).

    4.7 inch 720p display,
    SD 400 processor,
    1 GB RAM, 8 GB memory, SD card upto 64GB,
    8 MP camera, 1.6 MP front cam,

    If you check the specs it has same specs as Moto G but priced at half of it.
    Redmi 1S is better than Moto E which is a huge seller in every way.

    Only worry is software but MIUI is praised by many reviewers and hope they keep improving the OS without major stability issues.


  2. I’ll say this – if you trust Xiaomi as a company and their after sales service, there is absolutely no reason to ever buy another cell-phone at any price range.

    You want inexpensive? You got the Redmi 1s with better specs than the Moto G. You want an inexpensive phablet? You got the Redmi Note (although that should have got the same Snapdragon 400 from the 1s rather than the MTK Octa).

    And what it you want best-in-class performance? Well, you got the Mi3 for under 14K!!! And what’s more, it also sees official CM releases!

    So unless you absolutely want LTE, you’ve no reason to look anywhere else – unless again – you struggle with trust issues with a four year old Chinese startup.


    • There is no CM Rom available for Mi3. I did searched for it on XDA and other forums. Also found that kernel source code for Mi3 is not yet released by Xiaomi. This is the only worrying factor for me.


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