Yesterday saw the Xiaomi Mi3 make another record by selling out 8000 units of Xiaomi Mi3 in less than two minutes. With the record they mentioned about an announcement supposedly made today. An hour ago Xiaomi Malaysia, through their Facebook page made an announcement regarding their other line up of smartphones, Xiaomi Redmi Note and Xiaomi Redmi 1S. It is good news indeed, Xiaomi will be releasing these two models in Malaysia on the 22nd of July and the 8th of July respectively.
Let’s first talk about the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. It will be available on the 8th of July, 2014 onwards and was showcased alongside the Xiaomi Mi3 at the Malaysia’s Xiaomi launch. It is an update to the original Xiaomi Redmi which did not get released here. It packs almost the same internals as the orginal Xiaomi Redmi; 4.7-inches IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8 MegaPixels (MP) rear facing camera paired with 1.3MP front facing camera, and juiced by a 2000mAh battery. The differences lie in the processor, storage and software version that you get with this phone. The processor, to start with is a new quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.7 GHz, compared to the MediaTek MT6589T clocked at 1.4 GHz for the older Xiaomi Redmi. The storage was upgraded to 8GB from 4GB, albeit still supporting 32GB MicroSD card. The Operating System (OS) out of the box is an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean fitted with MIUI v5 User Interface (UI). The Xiaomi Redmi 1S can be all yours for RM419. That is very little money for a lot of phone honestly.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note will launch later than the Xiaomi Redmi 1S on the 22nd of July, 2014. This should be an interesting addition to the line up that are sold here in Malaysia. For starters normal flagship phones you see nowadays will be fitted with a quad-core processor. This phone is fitted with an hexa-core processor. Yes, your eyes has not failed you; eight cores fitted into one processor on this phone. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6592 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, paired with the Mali 450 graphics processor. Supported by 2GB of RAM, this should be a fast, snappy smartphone. According to MediaTek, this new hexa-core processor will bring about 78% improvement over its older quad-core processor fitted in the original Xiaomi Redmi. It is fitted with 8GB of storage expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD card. The rear camera is at 13MP supported by 5MP front facing camera. Underneath the front camera is a 5.5-inches IPS display at 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, still good and clear. The rear camera would be able to capture videos at Full HD 1080p resolution too, although it is getting more common. It is fitted with the usual array of antennas but excludes an LTE antenna. Which means it does not do 4G LTE. Wi-Fi is pretty standard too with 802.11 b/g/n antenna. Interestingly though this device is fitted with the latest Bluetooth 4.0, a move which many manufacturers have not made. It runs on Android 4.2 with MIUI overlay. This all goes up for RM509 at launch. Sounds like a steal doesn’t it?
Both these phones are not actually very new in the international market, plus they are not running the latest version of Android too. On that note though, they are still very good phones for the sort of money you pay for. It also seems that both these phones are getting plenty of attention at this time. So naturally the question would be; would you buy one?