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Xiaomi Redmi 1s Comparison Essay

Compare Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs Xiaomi Redmi 5A

special features

other sensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, GyroscopeLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope


operating systemAndroid v4.3 (Jelly Bean)Android v7.1.2 (Nougat)
sim slotsDual SIM, GSM+GSMDual SIM, GSM+GSM
modelRedmi 1SRedmi 5A
custom uiMIUIMIUI
sim sizeSIM1: MicroSIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano
network4G: Not Available, 3G: Available, 2G: Available4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available


loudspeakerYes Yes
fm radioYes Yes
audio jack3.5 mm3.5 mm


chipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917
graphicsAdreno 305Adreno 308
processorQuad core, 1.6 GHz, Cortex A7Quad core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53
ram1 GB2 GB


thickness9.9 mm8.3 mm
width69 mm70.1 mm
weight158 grams137 grams
height137 mm140.4 mm
coloursBlack, Blue, Green, Grey, Red, YellowGold, Rose Gold, Dark Grey, Lake Blue


display typeIPS LCDIPS LCD
screen to body ratio64.27 %69.86 %
pixel density312 ppi294 ppi
screen size4.7 inches (11.94 cm)5.0 inches (12.7 cm)
screen resolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)HD (720 x 1280 pixels)
touch screenYes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touchYes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch


internal memory8 GB16 GB
expandable memoryYes Up to 64 GBYes Up to 128 GB
usb otg supportYes Yes


settingsISO controlExposure compensation, ISO control
camera featuresAuto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focusDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
image resolution3264 x 2448 Pixels4128 x 3096 Pixels
autofocusYes Yes Phase Detection autofocus
shooting modesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst modeContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode
resolution1.6 MP Front Camera5 MP Front Camera
flashYes LED FlashYes LED Flash
video recording1280x720 @ 30 fps1920x1080 @ 30 fps


capacity2000 mAh3000 mAh

network connectivity

wifiYes Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/nYes Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
wifi featuresWi-Fi Direct, Mobile HotspotWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
bluetoothYes v4.0Yes v4.1
usb connectivitymicroUSB 2.0Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
network support3G, 2G4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gpsYes with A-GPS, GlonassYes with A-GPS, Glonass
sim 13G Bands: UMTS 2100 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available 4G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
sim sizeSIM1: MicroSIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano
sim 22G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz

Price & Rating

Price₹ 8,999₹ 4,999

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Competition is getting fierce in the Indian smartphone market. Since last year, the market has been flooded with a bunch of high quality low-cost smartphones.Motorola came first with the Moto E. Then the Chinese brand Xiaomi entered with a bang and finally Google launched a number of

Competition is getting fierce in the Indian smartphone market. Since last year, the market has been flooded with a bunch of high quality low-cost smartphones.

Motorola came first with the Moto E. Then the Chinese brand Xiaomi entered with a bang and finally Google launched a number of Android One smartphones. Later, newer players like OnePlus and Yu also entered the market. Now, there is a new contender in the market. It is Lenovo, which after the Motorola acquisition is the number 3 smartphone brand in the world.

Its newest smartphone, the A6000, is not only the most affordable 4G smartphone in India, but also is a phone that has been specifically designed for a developing market.

The A6000 is now in India within a week of its global announcement. The Moto E and the Xiaomi Redmi 1S have proven to be very popular in India but there is a chance the A6000 will give them tough competition. We believe in terms of hardware features, the Redmi 1S is the biggest rival of the A6000. Read on to see how the devices compare against each other.


Both the Redmi 1S and the A6000 have 720p LCD screens. But the Lenovo A6000 has a slightly larger 5-inch screen. In terms of sharpness, it means that the Redmi 1S (4.7-inch) has a higher pixel density (312ppi) when compared to that of the A6000 (294 ppi). While we are yet to take a detailed look at the screen of the A6000, as far as first impressions go it looks as good as the one in the RedMi 1S in terms of colour fidelity and brightness.


The Lenovo A6000 is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU, which supports 64-bit architecture. Now, this is a superior and newer CPU than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, which is found in the Redmi 1S. Both phones have 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Technically, the A6000 has a faster processor, which also combines a better GPU and 4G support. This gives the Lenovo A6000 an advantage over the Xiaomi at least on paper. That said, as the A6000 is also on Android 4.4 KitKat, it does not take advantage of the 64-bit support offered by its processor, so the performance should not be massively different between the two phones.

Battery Life

The A6000 has a 2,300mAh battery, while Redmi 1S has a 2,000mAh battery. This is not a significant difference, when one takes into account the larger screen on the Lenovo A6000. Overall, we feel, technically both the phones should offer similar battery life. In our tests, the Redmi 1S lasts through a day and the same should hold true for the Lenovo.


Both the Lenovo A6000 and the Xiaomi Redmi 1S have 8-megapixel snappers on the back. On the front, the Lenovo has a 2-megapixel camera, while the Xiaomi has a 1.6-megapixel camera. The Redmi 1S has one of the best cameras found in a sub Rs 10,000 smartphone. While we have not tested the camera on the A6000 in great depth, we can tell you that the camera on the Lenovo Vibe X2, which costs nearly Rs 20,000 was somewhat inferior to one in the Redmi 1S. Therefore, we don't have high hopes from the A6000 camera. That said, we will have more to talk about the A6000 camera in our review.


Both the phones run on Android. The Redmi 1S is stuck on the older Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while the Lenovo A6000 comes preloaded with Android 4.4 Kitkat. That said, when we talk about both Lenovo and Xiaomi products, the version of Android matters less. Both the companies are known to heavily customize Android and add features that are not found in pure Android. Xiaomi's MiUI is known to be smoother in operation and more stable, though Lenovo's Vibe UI is also good. In terms of usability, both offer a springboard, which combines apps and widgets and there is no dedicated app drawer.


The Lenovo A6000 is more comfortable to carry around than the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. It is thinner and lighter than the Redmi 1S. It measures 8.2mm and weighs 128 grams, while the Xiaomi Redmi 1S weighs 158 grams and measures 9.9mm. The Lenovo is also subtly curved with a matte finish on the back, which makes it easier to hold. In comparison, the Redmi 1S is has a glossy finish, which is a bit slippery.


Both phones offer dual-SIM connectivity and microSD card expansion. However, the A6000 offers 4G LTE connectivity while the Redmi 1S does not. In fact, unlike many 4G enabled phones, the A6000 offers support for FDD-LTE Band 3 and TDD-LTE Band 40. Though for now, the usability of the 4G is not that apparent.


The Lenovo A6000 is priced at Rs 6,999, while the Xiaomi Redmi 1S is cheaper at Rs 5,999. Considering the newer processor and 4G support we feel that the A6000 offers more value, despite being more expensive. Frankly, the Redmi is an older phone. In China, Xiaomi has already announced the Redmi 2, which is the successor to the Redmi 1S and it is possible soon that phone may get replaced by the Redmi 2 in India, though Xiaomi has made no announcement about the same.

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