Redmi 1s vs Moto E vs Zenfone 4: Which budget smartphone should you buy?

Xiaomi Redmi 1s
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By Naina Khedekar /  01 Sep 2014 , 13:41

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.

Comparison table
Comparison table

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’s 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.


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