Xiaomi Redmi 1s Photo Gallery, Design Overview

by Chetan Bhawani 6

Landing itself aggressively into the budget range category, the Redmi 1s has barely any competition from devices priced at a similar range. It has everything that appeals to the masses at this price point, and the design too is decent, if we have to use a word to describe it. There is nothing special in the way Xiaomi designed the Redmi 1s, but there is nothing bad either.

For the Indian customers, for now there is only the Gray color variant available, and it doesn’t look the best, especially when compared to the light color options available in Xiaomi Mi3. Nevertheless, we aren’t comparing much here, and the Redmi 1s is one of the good large screen (4.7-inch) Android devices available at a budget price point.

On the front, there is a large 4.7 inch display, and the phone looks bigger than any other phone with the same screen size, because there are wide bezels on the either side of it and even above and below the display, Xiaomi has wasted some space. Below the screen, there are the three capacitive touch buttons, and above the display you can see the front camera and earpiece touching the edge. There is a little LED notification light touching the bottom home button.

On the sides, there are no slots for the SIM or MicroSD cards, because the back cover is removable. The physical buttons for power and volume controls are located on the right side, while a microphone and MicroUSB slot are in the bottom, and there’s a 3.5mm headset jack on the top.

The rear side of the Xiaomi Redmi 1s has a secondary mic, 8-megapixel camera and LED flash one below the other in the center top area, while a speaker is placed on the right of the camera near the corner. Nothing else is seen on the back except for the Mi branding, whose silver color shines over the gray color surrounding it.

The back cover has the physical buttons on itself, thus once you remove it, pressing of the volume rocker and power key is limited, unless you try to press at those particular places having a little bulge. Under the back cover, a removable 2050 mAh battery is seen, below the horizontal line of slots for MicroSD card and the two SIM cards.

Overall, although the phone is comfortable enough to hold with the curvy sides, Xiaomi has made this phone unnecessarily large by wasting space around the display, and the thickness is no less as the phone is 9.9mm thick. The plastic back is smooth and thus, it could slip if not held the right way, the same issue we had with the Xiaomi Mi 3. Also, isn’t the device heavy? it certainly is, with the weight of 158 grams.

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  • The phone is good, but could have been priced in the 3500-4500 price range.

    • You’re kidding, right?

      • Maybe, 3500 is too low, but considering the current competition from the Android One range of devices (even though the Android One devices are priced higher), it would have been better if it was in 4,500-4,700 range. Also, only selling just 40k devices when you have 3 lakh booking is also going to work against it.

        • Quoting the first line of the article “Landing itself aggressively into the budget range category, the Redmi 1s has barely any competition from devices priced at a similar range.”

          It’s virtually impossible for any company to sell a phone like the Redmi 1S at the price point you mentioned. You also have to consider the extra cost that Xiaomi will have to bear AFTER selling the phone in developing new ROM updates, something that Google will take care of for Android One phones. Many (including me) believe that Xiaomi is selling these at loss already.

          The other point you make, I think is very valid though. Booking shouldn’t really be a factor (there are a lot of bogus ones) but Xiaomi will have to ramp up production.

          • I wouldn’t be so sure (and do correct me if I am wrong). I am basing my ideas and thoughts based on the import data of Zauba, GeoSquare, and Cybex and many more out there that show that the Redmi 1S, Mi-Note, and even the Mi3 is being imported at lower prices than what it is being sold for.

            How does that equate to the smartphone being sold at a loss when the company is more than making up for it. Even if the import tax and other factors are included, it still does not match up to the price that it is being sold for.

            Yes, you have to pay the developers and there is the development of the ROM itself, but you can also open your ROM to the developer community like CM did and Xiaomi can have control over what goes into their official ROM or the last say. Credits are given where it is due and is placed in the about section of the ROM as usual.

            Xiaomi is a good company and has definitely changed the Indian market dynamics a lot, but it still has a long way to go if it is to capture the market like Samsung and Micromax are doing.

          • Joshua Akinsola

            You arent considering the one plus one. It has flagship specs, a 5.5 inch 1080p screen, powerful chips, an amazing feeling back cover, a custom rom of cm11 s, and costs 350 dollars for the 64 GIG version. Yeah, pretty nice, it wont make much of a profit, but it doesnt have o because it wants to pave its way into the market with a credible phone. It also doesnt spend much with its little to no advertising so that helps