Merry Xiaomi Christmas: Redmi 1S Review

Last September 2014, Xiaomi introduced the Redmi 1S in the Philippines. I’ve been hearing so much about Xiaomi in general… that it does stand to be a promising brand since it believes in providing consumers all over the world with “high-quality technology doesn’t need to cost a fortune,” according to founder, Lei Jun.

The package comes with a charger, and a little instructional manual to guide you through with exploring the unit. P.S. The tree is merely a reflection from outside my window where this photo was shot. The screen is super reflective!

No. 1 in China, No. 3 Worldwide!

Yes, you read that right! In an article recently published on, the brand ranks No. 1 in China, and No. 3 in the global scene. Thus, Lei Jun is dubbed as Forbes Asia’s 2014 Businessman of the Year! Impressive!
The brand was established in the year 2010 with the collaboration of an ingenious team of professionals from Microsoft, Google, Kingsoft, Motorola, Yahoo, and other IT companies worldwide to materialize the vision of Jun. Say hello to their official mascot, the very animated Mi Bunny

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Their popular products include the Mi 3, Redmi 1S, Mi TV, Mi Box and other accessories. Now that I’ve got my hands on this Redmi 1S, I can finally see and experience all the buzz myself! 

Got the cool looking metal gray color!

S p e c i f i c a t i o n s

Being an aesthete, So here are the exact specifications of the Redmi 1S summarized in 7 points:

1. 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 (HD) IPS display delivers superfine text and crisp photos.

I would consider myself as a visual person, b
eing an aesthete. So these features matter a lot! No grainy texts and images! Plus the physical look of the phone is real sleek and handsome! It isn’t too heavy as well, so you won’t feel like you’re carrying weights in your pocket!

There are also built-in themes that allow you to customize the look of your phone from the inside! 

2. AGC Dragontrail™ scratch-resistant glass

Yay! Scratches on phones are really a pet peeve for the neat-freak in me. Let’s see if I can let it live entirely without a case! I noticed though that fingerprints easily mark the surface but they also easily wipe off! The screen is very reflective but not to a point that it could blind you in broad daylight. It’s actually perfect as a vanity pal for those touch-ups!


Love the wooden default theme!


If you haven’t noticed, yup, it is powered by Google Android!

3. 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Cortex-A7 core for amazing performance with great battery life with and an Antutu benchmark score above 21,000

This is a necessity! Smart phones are meant to be utilized to its maximum capabilities and it shouldn’t be an exception for this unit even with the affordable price. Battery life is like real life in our fast-paced, constantly connected society.

4. 1 GB RAM, 8GB internal flash memory with external microSD slot that supports up to 64 GB. 

Hooray for space to store more apps and memories! It also supports a “USB On-The-Go” feature allowing you to connect a flash drive to your phone (micro USB connector required) so you can easily be productive wherever you are.

5. Dual SIM (Mini sized) – WCDMA slot for 3G data and GSM slot for 2G

Perfect for storing professional and personal contacts from different networks!


The touch sensor menu button, home button, and the return button in red backlight!


It’s got a thin and sleek side view!

6. 8MP rear camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture for 1080p video recording and a front 1.6MP camera

For the arsty fartsy photographer and visual artist in all of us. This feature has enough potential to capture those winning shots! Perfect for taking those Instagram-worthy photos and even those inevitable selfies!

Here’s also a little trivia I discovered, the camera can tell your gender and age, and will then apply the appropriate skin-smoothening filter when you put your settings in “simple mode!” How convenient!

7. Flashlight feature

You can’t move on with life if you can’t see where you’re going, or if you can’t find that pen you’ve been looking for in your bag in the dark! This also clearly means that cameras can be used in flash mode for capturing those fun nights out!

Xiaomi Giveaway!

Now that you know more about the brand, Xiaomi is celebrating its first Christmas in the Philippines and is giving a huge treat to Pinoy Mi Fans! The brand is bringing back ON SALE the affordable Redmi 1S, as well as the highly popular Mi 3 smartphone on December 12 at Lazada at 12nn. A triple 12! 
On top of this, Xiaomi together with Lazada, its official selling partner, is also coming up with loads of online contests and giveaways! So you all have chances of winning these gadgets this season: The Mi 4 (Xiaomi’s current flagship smartphone), the RedMi Note 4G, as well as super cute Mi “In-Ear Headphones” in silver and a limited edition pink version with Swarovski crystals. Uhm… this sounds all too alluring honestly. 
For more information and details on Xiaomi, visit their official pages: Mi Philippines on FacebookTwitter, Instagram (@MiPhilippines), and on their website