Xiaomi, the Chinese brand which managed to captivate the Indian smartphone market in just a short span of time, has done it again. In about three second, the smartphone vendor managed to sell 40,000 units of its Redmi 1S in India at a flash sale today via retailer Flipkart.
The Beijing-based company has seen a strong demand for its products in the country over the last month. A combination of powerful specs at low price points along with limited availability of handsets (usually through online flash sales) has allowed Xiaomi to make the headlines rather often.
Today, we compare the Redmi 1S with the newly announced Anroid One smartphones, namely the Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream Uno, all which retail at $110.
Despite an affordable price tag, Xiaomi has managed not to cut corners with the Redmi 1S, which uses a solid 4.7in IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 312 ppi.
All the three Android One smartphones use 4.5in displays with a resolution of 480x854 pixels at 218 pixels per inch.
CPU, RAM And Storage
All three of the Android One phones use a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and offer 4GB of on-board storage. However, using a microSD card, users can expand the memory up to 32GB.
The Redmi 1s has a superior Qualcomm MSM8228 Snapdragon with a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU and an Adreno 305 GPU. There's 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and the option to expand storage up to 32 GB via microSD.
The Redmi 1S uses an 8 MP camera in the rear with an LED flash. It can shoot 1080p video @30fps, while there is also a secondary 1.6 MP front camera.
The three Android One smartphones uses a 5 megapixel camera in the rear and a 2 megapixel camera up front.
The Android One smartphones use a 1700mAh, which should offer a day of battery life given that the hardware on board isn't very powerful.
The Redmi 1S offers a larger 2000 mAh battery.
The Redmi 1S offers superior specs when compared to the Android One smartphones. However, it won't feature stock Android like the phones with the Android One badge, all of which will be one of the first smartphones to get the Android L update when its out.
In the end, users will have to choose between superior specs and the benefits of getting a phone with the Android One Badge, which include reduced data costs with some carriers for six months, stock Android and much more.