Xiaomi, the company known as 'Apple of China' will introduce its entry level smartphones - Redmi 1S and Redmi Note in India on August 26. The company has sent out invites to the bloggers for the launch event in Delhi. The price of Redmi 1S in India will be Rs. 6999 and that of Redmi Note will be Rs. 9999. Xiaomi had promised to bring their entire series of popular phones to India after the successful launch of Mi3 - the batches of which are getting sold out within 2-3 seconds on Flipkart; the exclusive launch partner of Xiaomi in India.
Whether Xiaomi will begin the sale of phones on August 26 itself isn't clear yet. The company will showcase both the phones at the launch event and discuss various features these phones offer. We learn that Flipkart will continue to be Xiaomi's exclusive launch partner for both the phones. Let us give you an overview of key features and specs of both the phones -
Redmi 1S: The 1S is an interesting phone that offers dual SIM (GSM | WCDMA) support, 8GB internal flash storage, 4.7" IPS display and 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU with Cortex-A7 core. The phone also has an 8 MP / 1.6 MP camera set, with the rear cam capable of capturing 1080p full HD videos and front cam capable of capturing 720p videos. Xiaomi offers a custom Android version with MIUI, a new user interface.
Redmi Note: The note is a 'phablet', with a big 5.5" HD IPS display. It has a 13 MP rear and 5 MP front facing camera capable of capturing HD videos. An MTK 8-core CPU makes things move nice and smooth on the user interface (again MIUI). The graphics is handled by Mali-450 GPU. The Redmi Note offers dual SIM (GSM | WCDMA) support and is powered by 3200 mAh battery.
We do not know whether Xiaomi and Flipkart will follow the same strategy for the sale of Note and 1S phones as that of Mi3. Flipkart made it mandatory for the users to register in order to be able to buy the phone for every new batch that arrived. The strategy was criticised by a lot of buyers and we've a parallel discussion on the topic. We'd love to know from our readers whether they are planning to buy either of the phones. Also let us know whether you think these two phones will evoke the same kind of response from customers as Mi3. We look forward to your thoughts.