Unless you have been living under a rock, Chinese smartphone manufacturers are going the distance in introducing more and more devices that are offering more feature and specifications at a lesser price. The latest one among them being the Beijing, China-based Xiaomi.
According to reports, Xiaomi, the Chinese designer and manufacturer of mobile phones, has unveiled its brand new entry level smartphone in the market, dubbed the Xiaomi Hongmi 1s. The Android-running smartphone will now be available for pre-order in China starting February 20 for ¥799 (a little over Rs. 8,000).
Although Xiaomi has tagged the new device an entry level smartphone, it doesn't mean the company has compromised on the smartphone's quality and build. Apparently, the biggest difference between the Xiaomi Hongmi 1s and its predecessor is the chipset that has been offered in the device.
The Hongmi 1s has replaced its previoulsy preferred Mediatek MT6589T SoC with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 that's coupled with a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 305 GPU.
The Hongmi 1s physically measures 137 x 69 x 9.9mm, with the device's weight slightly tipping on the heavier side - weighing in at 158 grams. Nonetheless, it is powered by a replaceable 2,000 mAh battery, which is decent enough for an entry level device.
Apart from that, the Xiaomi Hongmi 1s, with a 4.7-inch IPS display that renders 1280 x 720 pixels, offers 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in memory which can be further expanded via microSD card slot. And as expected, the device will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Xiaomi's MIUI V5 interface, out of the box.
As far as the in-device camera is concerned, the device offers an 8MP primary snapper with f/2.2 and LED flash, and is capable of capturing 1080p videos. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is a 1.6MP shooter. Also, connectivity options include dual-SIM (one GSM and one WCDMA), Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS + GLONASS.
While it is not known as to when the device will be released for international retail, if at all it comes over to the Indian domestic market, the Xiaomi-made Hongmi 1s can prove to a be tough competitor for the newly released Motorola Moto G.