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Xiaomi Redmi 1S (Hongmi 1S), the review by

After a few days of intense testing today we present you the full review of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S (or Hongmi 1S), the smartphone with which Xiaomi intends to invade the low-cost smartphone market again.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S, in fact, corresponds to the updated version with quad-core chipsets Snapdragon 400 of the previous Hongmi, or one of the smartphones best sellers of Xiaomi, which is today featured with even more attractive specifications.

Xiaomi Hongmi 1S

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Xiaomi Redmi 1S (Hongmi 1S), the complete review by

As anticipated, Xiaomi Redmi 1S mounts the quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset from 1.5Ghz, alongside 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory (twice the previous version), expandable with micro SD up to 32GB. The display is a panel with diagonal from 4.7 inches and resolution HD 1280 x 720 pixel.

Xiaomi Hongmi 1S

The dimensions of Xiaomi Redmi 1S are of 137x69x9.9mm and the weight is of 158 grams Removable battery included.

But let's see them complete specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Hongmi 1S

Producer Xiaomi
Model Hongmi 1S
Launch date Already on sale
Dimensions: 4.7 inches
Resolution 1280 x 720
Other IPS
Operating system MIUI V5 based on Android 4.3
chipset Qualcomm Quad-core
CPU Snapdragon 400 MSM8228 by 1.6Ghz
GPU Adreno 305
Battery 2000mAh
Other Bluetooth 4.0, OTG
posteriore 8 mega-pixels
Front 1.6 mega-pixels
Video 1080p
Internal 8GB
SD Cards yes, up to 32GB
dual Sim Yes (two SIMs standard
3G Si
Dimensions: 137x69x9.9mm
Weight : 158 grams
Candle Dyes Red, White, Dark Gray
Price 181 euro with warranty, assistance and shipping from Italy (with discount code GIZXIAOMI)
Where to buy

Before proceeding, we look at Xiaomi Redmi 1S video unboxing

VIDEO: Xiaomi Hongmi 1S Italian unboxing by

Xiaomi Redmi 1S (Hongmi 1S), the review by

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Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Design

The design of the Redmi 1S has nothing to add to what has been said for the previous Hongmi (from this point of view, in fact, the two devices are identical). We quickly reiterate that the Redmi 1S lines differ from the classic rounded design of other Xiaomi devices, though, recently, they were taken from the house for the new Redmi Note.

These differences are particularly noticeable in the front, from the more square lines compared to the previous generation Xiaomi devices.

Xiaomi Hongmi 1S

Contrary to what is said for the front, the rear cover (removable) has a softer line. with a curved design that allows better grip of the phone in the handle and, consequently, greater ease of use with the same hand.

Xiaomi Hongmi 1S

Of XMUMXS Redmi we can also confirm the excellent plastic invoice used for the realization of the smartphone: Xiaomi never deny! In the front we find the cameras (top) on their own 1 megapixels and the sensors of brightness and proximity. On the top edge, however, on the left side, the 1.6 jack for the earphones is present.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

At the bottom edge, at the center of the body, we find the microUSB input.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi has accustomed us to a positioning of the control keys, so to speak, poco usual and in fact also on the Redmi 1S we find "everything" on the left side, that is the volume keys and the power key for switching on, off and stand by.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

In the back we find the 8 mega-pixel camera, the LED Flash and the speaker on the side.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Display - 4.7 HD Inch

The XmiumXS display on the card is the same as that of the previous Xiaomi Hongmi. However, there are some slight qualitative differences in the panel installed on the new RedMix 1S. In fact, the new device's panel while offering the same HD 1 x 1280 pixel resolution shows greater clarity in image reproduction.

The pixel grid, yes poco visible on the Xiaomi Hongmi, it is even less visible on the Redmi 1S, so much so that it can confuse the display of the same with a panel with FULLHD resolution.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

However, as you can see from the comparison picture, the colors of Xiaomi Redmi 1S are a bit 'more faded than those of Hongmi.

Not very good, however, the visibility of the display when it is exposed to direct sunlight.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S: performance and benchmark 

Xuomi Redmi XMUMXS Benchmark Antutu


Xiaomi Redmi XMUMXS Benchmark Quadrant


Xiaomi Xmium XMiXXX Benchmark Benchmark


XenomiXXXXX2 Benchmark XMXXXX


Xiaomi Redmi 1S Benchmark Epic Citadel


Xiaomi XMUMXDMark Benchmark Redmi 3S


Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Game Test

Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Phone Parts, 3G Navigation, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS

As for the telephone part and the use of the 3G in navigation, I can only confirm the high quality of Xiaomi Redmi 1S in this regard.

The audio in the headphones is also very good, as well as that in the ear capsule during calls and with active hands-free.

Everything is confirmed as positive for WiFi and Bluetooth as well. The GPS, on the other hand, is even better than the one installed on the previous version. From the test done, in fact, it was always very fast in the fix and very accurate in navigation. From this point of view there is the presence of a Qualcomm chipset and not Mediatek.

Xiaomi Redmi 1SQuality of cameras

Although the device is equipped with a 8 megapixel sensor, the shots made with Xiaomi Redmi 1S are on average an excellent level in any light condition. What struck me particularly is the camera shutter speed.

Discreet photos taken in low light conditions, the same ones tend to be a little granular.

As usual you can download the original resolution pictures here.


Xiaomi Redmi 1S - Photo taken with active flash

Very good flash, powerful but at the right point, diffuses light uniformly over all the elements captured and in this seems to be better optimized than the previous Hongmi.


Xiaomi Redmi 1S - Macro


 Xiaomi Redmi 1S - 1080p video recording test

Good video recording in FULLHD, with a focus and a quick enough pan. In general, recording quality is higher than average.

Redmi 1S plays all the most popular video formats and does it very well. Playback is very fluid, good color rendering and great sound. Very fast and free from impending is also the transition from one point to the other of the video.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Battery

Xiaomi Hogmi UMTS full review in Italian by

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S battery is very satisfactory and guarantees better autonomy than the previous Hongmi. To compare the autonomy of the two devices I tried to simulate a day of use similar to that described in the Hongmi review and the final results of the test, albeit of poco, I am in favor of this new Redmi 1S.

With the previous Hongmi, on a day of intense use, I reached the 18.55 with a residual 2%, but on Redmi 1S, I found the same level of residual autonomy at about 20.00 so the phone has at its disposal about 1 now in more autonomy.

Again in this case, I underline what I mean for intense use:

  • 3G always active (with 2 email accounts in push, whatsapp, facebook, hangouts, skype and twitter with active notifications);
  • WiFi browsing of approximately 3 hours and a half;
  • GPS navigation of 30 minutes about;
  • bluetooth always active;
  • use of the camera to realize some of the photos of this review;
  • use the WordPress application to update

 Xiaomi Redmi 1S: final Thoughts

Brava Xiaomi, never mind! In these few words I could summarize my final considerations on the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, that is, a smartphone that fully satisfied me.

Xiaomi seems to have improved as good as it did with the previous model, adopting a Snapdragon 400 processor, perhaps more reliable and even more supportive of the Mediatek chip, moreover, and this is one thing that has made most of you readers happy , without having to give up dual SIM support.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

I do not think it is necessary to add more to a device for which they are talking about, which is a great success for international sales for the first version (Hongmi) that Xiaomi is replicating for this new XMUMXS Redmi.

Those who are interested in this phone (or other Xiaomi devices) can buy it directly from Italy on the store taking advantage of an exclusive discount through the discount code GIZXIAOMI, reserved for GizChina readers! I remind you that smartphones purchased on they are shipped from Italy with Bartolini courier and enjoy 24 months of Italian assistance and warranty.

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Simone Rodriguez
Simone Rodriguez

Blogger, but above all passionate about technology. I am part of a generation that has passed from the cathode ray tube to smartphones, making me witness to an unprecedented technological evolution. From 2012 I assiduously follow the Xiaomi brand that with the conveyance of various projects led me to realize, the home of all the Italian Xiaomisti. Write me: [email protected]


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