In a span of 3 years, Xiaomi is now a force to be reckoned with in the mobile world. They're known to build top notch products that's priced ridiculously low. Three (3) days ago, they sent us their most affordable smartphone offering, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. It is one of the best smartphones among local and international brands that you can find under PHP 6,000.00. (See the rafflecopter giveaway below)

Here's the Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review Part!

Unboxing / Accessories

  • The Xiaomi Redmi 1s unit itself
  • Charger
  • Xiaomi Manual and Warranty Certificate
  • Blue back cover case (not sure if it is included in the package, but Xiaomi sent us one)

What else could / should be included?

It would have been better if Xiaomi included a stock earphones with mic along with the smartphone (like what other brands do). Ehem*Xiaomi Pistons*Ehem :)

"Though Xiaomi Pistons might be a little too expensive to be included in the package, there are lots of other decent sounding earbuds / iems with mic from OEM makers from China that just cost a dollar or even less" 

Build Quality

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review, Part 1 Unboxing and Aesthetics
Redmi 1s back view
People often have the wrong impression about China phone with regards to its aesthetics and overall quality. However, that's not the case with Xiaomi. Redmi 1S. It is a solidly built product that can put most local branded phone (and even some of the international brands) to shame. The plastic and glass feels top notch and won't break except when forced. It is also not a hairline scratch magnet - the usual problem with the aluminum phones. Another notable aspect of Redmi 1s is it's not a hairline scratch magnet unlike the aluminum and some plastic phones.

There are 2 regular sim cards present
Hold and Feel

At 4.7 inches, this device feels just right to hold even if it's a little heavy due to its solid design. The combination of glass and poly-carbonate plastic gives the phone a tight grip on your hands. In general, the smartphone curved back design is very comfortable and it's easy to hold.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review, Part 1 Unboxing and Aesthetics
All of the buttons are volume rocker and power button is found on the left side.
Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review, Part 1 Unboxing and Aesthetics
The 3.5 mm jack for music goodness!
At the moment

I'm in love with this phone! I also believe that the aesthetics of this unit is near topnotch and can compete with most phones well above its price. However, for added protection we'd still recommend the users to get a case and a screen protector. Even though Xiaomi seems to lack some of the stock accessories present on local and international competitors, the phone's performance and build for the price really makes up for it. With the build quality alone, Xiaomi Redmi 1S is an absolute steal at PHP 5,599!


  • Display: 4.7-inch HD AGC Dragontrail Glass, 720 x 1280px, 312ppi
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core MSM8228 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • GPU: Adreno 305
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB, Expandable via microSD to 64GB
  • Rear Camera: 8 MP
  • Front Camera: 1.6 MP
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.3 MIUI
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth Wi-Fi, 3G, HSPA+i
  • Others: Dual-SIM, dual standby, USB OTG
  • Dimensions: 137 x 69 x 9.9 mm
  • Price: PHP 5,599


a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Contestants must be a Filipino Citizen that is residing in the Philippines. 
  • Only one account per person in any social media accounts (e.g. 1 FB, 1 Twitter, 1 Instagram) is allowed to enter as entry per contestant. No dummy accounts, any violation to this will lead to disqualification. 
  • Contestants should use their real names (no anonymous names) for verification and security purposes.

Part 2 of our review:

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Where to buy this?

Lazada Philippines
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