Update: We’ve put the Redmi 1S through our tests. You can read the full review here.
After the success of its Mi 3, Xiaomi is all set to bring yet another uber-affordable smartphone with awesome specs in India. The company is all geared to officially unveil the¬†Redmi¬†1s priced at Rs 6,999. Well, the pricing may sound familiar, as most entry-level devices come in a similar price bracket and aim to compete with the reigning budget Android, the Moto E.Another device that fits the bill is the¬†Asus Zenfone 4,¬†which has two variants with different displays. All three devices carry similar price tag and are also being sold exclusively via Flipkart, so which one is a better bargain. We’ve thrown them into ¬†the ring to see which one emerges as the winner, at least on paper.
The Redmi 1s steals the show when it comes to the display. It not only sports a larger screen¬†but also packs in 312 ppi pixel density thanks to the HD resolution, compared to the Moto E and Zenfone 4. The other two lag behind with 256 and 217 ppi respectively. This doesn’t¬†mean¬†the Moto E is bad, at the price point, it’s a pretty decent display. All three devices come across highly portable and the Zenfone is the lightest at 133 grams. However, it isn’t as sleek as the Redmi 1s.
The Mi 3 runs on Xiaomi‚Äôs customised UI called MIUI that is built upon Android. It is a highly customised UI that lets users choose from a plethora of themes for almost everything from homescreen to boot animations. It supports all the popular games and apps found on the Google Play Store too. However,¬†if you are looking forward to stock Android, then Xiaomi may not be the device for you.¬†The Asus Zenfone is also customised to some extent. The Moto E runs stock Android and comes from a seasoned OEM, with some pretty inoffensive customisations. On storage front, the Zenfone does a better job with 8GB onboard storage that is expandable up to 64GB. The Moto E does a mediocre job when it comes to the camera, and lags behind the competition.
In terms of processing speed, all three devices should be fairly good. In our review, the Moto E powered by dual-core Snapdragon 200 did¬†a pretty good job and isn’t laggy for a budget Android. The Zenfone 4 running dual-core Intel Atom could be slightly better, but Xiaomi seems to have stepped up performance with the¬†Redmi 1s that runs a quad-core Snapdragon 400, clocked at 1.6GHz, higher than the competition. In terms of performance and¬†efficiency, the Redmi 1s could go beyond the other two, but we will have to reserve judgement till we put it through the paces in our labs.
In a nutshell, the Redmi 1s comes as a great pick for the hardware it offers at the price point. However, the OS could also be a deciding factor for many. Moreover, the Moto E and Zenfone 4 are easily available, while we¬†wouldn’t¬†be surprised if Xiaomi continuous its drama of playing hard to get.