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Xiaomi Redmi Note, Solid Phablet

October 9, 2014

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Earlier this year, in May, the Chinese from Xiaomi released a pretty impressive smartphone for the mid-range market, the Xiaomi Hongmi 1S, which is also known as Redmi 1S. A fun fact about it is that it has been sold in 40,000 units in India in no longer than 4.2 seconds. Yeah, it was on sale for almost $100, but it’s still funny to think about that big splash that it managed to produce. Anyways, let’s get back to it. The handset offers a Snapdragon 400 chipset, a 4.7 inches 720p display, an 8 megapixels camera and it’s also a dual-SIM device, so if you’re currently relying on two carriers, you’ll be able to use them through one single device. Follow the next review and see if the Redmi 1S is able to fulfill your needs.

In its retail package, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S comes accompanied only by its charger and a microUSB cable for charging the handset and data connections. Nothing else besides some user manuals, but you can’t really ask for more if you think about the handset’s price.

The Redmi 1S measures 137 x 69 x 9.9 mm and weighs 158 grams. It’s pretty average looking and a little heavy, if you ask me, but its weight won’t pose any issue if you’re used to handling smartphones that come in this size. Its design isn’t something you haven’t seen before, as the handset has a simple and good looking appearance. Its back cover is made from plastic and features a matte finish. The build quality is really good and solid and you won’t be having the impression of handling something cheap.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S comes packed with a 4.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 312 ppi. For protection, it features the AGC Dragontrail glass. The colors look nice and accurate, the contrast is good and the viewing angles are also pretty wide. The only downside here is that the handset holds a reflective glass which can pose some issues when you’re managing the phone under direct sunlight. The phone can be used with gloves, but you can turn off that feature if you don’t need it.

In terms of software, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S comes loaded with Android v4.3 Jelly Bean and the user interface has been significantly customized by Xiaomi with their MIUI v5. The 6th version of MIUI has been announced and will probably be available for this device later this year. The user interface is nice and smooth, so you’ll befriend it pretty soon. The widgets are here, but no app drawer, as your homescreen displays your installed apps and has an unlimited number of panes. You also have access to Xiaomi’s Mi Cloud, which offers 5 GB of free storage for backing up your personal stuff. Google Now is also here, of course, for offering its services as a personal assistant that displays relevant information based on your searches and habits and can also receive voice commands.
Regarding hardware, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory which can be bumped with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The handset is a decent mid-range performer and will do a good job without any hiccups, offering a pleasant user experience.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S has connectivity support for tri-band 2G for both SIM cards and dual-band 3G only for the first. Also, there’s Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and A2DP and microUSB 2.0 with USB On-the-go support for allowing you to connect other USB devices.

For taking pictures, the handset holds on board an 8 MP snapper with autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and has a LED flash for helping in low light conditions. The camera application offers HDR, panorama, face and smile detection, touch focus and manual settings for adjusting the white balance, ISO or exposure and more. The photos produced reveal a good quality, with punchy colors, good contrast and a fair amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also a capable performer and offers some nice 1080p videos @30 fps.
A secondary 1.6 MP camera also joins the party for enabling you to make video calls or take “selfies”.

Some other goodies brought by the Xiaomi Redmi 1S are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, an FM Radio with RDS support, a great video player that supports all the popular formats, the WPS Office suite for managing document files, a file manager, a Security application for scanning for malware and more, Google Maps and Navigation for finding your way around and more.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S is powered by a 2,000 mAh replaceable battery that will keep your phone alive for two days under a moderate usage.

Xiaomi Redmi Note Solid Phablet


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