China's fastest growing smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to enter Indian market on July 15. While the company has already announced the Mi 3 will be exclusively sold via Flipkart at a price of Rs. 14,999; more sizzling handsets are expected to get launched on July 15.
A teaser post on its Facebook page reveals the Mi 3 alongside two other devices showing a question mark. Notably, the post shows a curtain in the background and reads, "More announcements coming on July 15."
This simply means that a couple of new devices are expected to be announced in India, alongside the Mi 3. It is widely believed that Xiaomi could launch the Redmi 1S and Redmi Note in India. There is no confirmation about Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Redmi Note yet, but announcement of a rollout plan will come out soon.
Xiaomi Redmi 1S - Highlighted Specifications
Xiaomi's Redmi 1S has a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 720p IPS display. The device is powered by a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, which can be later expanded upto 64GB via a microSD card slot.
On the imaging front, there's an 8GB of rear-facing camera, and a 1.6MP front shooter. The makers have added a 2000mAh battery and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Xiaomi's MIUI layer on top.
Xiaomi Redmi 1S - Release Date and Price
Xiaomi Singapore recently revealed pricing of the Redmi 1S. The budget phone is priced at $169 (about Rs. 10, 100 approximately). It seems the Redmi 1S won't cost too much when it comes to India tomorrow.
Meanwhile, GizBot has prepared a list of top 5 smart phones in India that can give tough competition to Xiaomi's Redmi 1S. Take a deep look into sliders below.
Motorola Moto G
The device has a sharp 4.5-inch bright and vivid LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 HD display at 329 pixels. The device has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB/16GB of internal storage. On the camera front, Motorola Moto G will come with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with HDR and panoramic support. There's a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The makers have added a 2,070mAh battery fitted inside. Users can buy the Moto G via Flipkart.
Asus Zenfone 5
The Asus Zenfone 5 features a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) capacitive multi touch display with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor coupled with a 1GB RAM and runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Zen UI, upgradable to Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS. Other specs of the device include: Dual SIM with dual standby (micro SIMs), 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, 8GB / 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB via micro SD, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 2110 mAh battery. Price starts upwards of Rs. 9,999.
Nokia Lumia 630
The Lumia 630 sports a 4.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Under the hood, you'll get to see a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of native storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. On the camera front, there's a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera without an LED Flash.
Unfortunately, the makers have not added a front-facing camera. The phone's rear-facing camera is capable of recording videos in 720p HD format. With Windows Phone 8.1, Lumia 630 has got a lot of feature enhancements such as a notification center, more personalization options and much improved key-board experience. The phone is equipped with 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, HERE Maps and a large 1,830mAh battery fitted inside. The handset will cost you upwards of Rs. 10,500.
The Nokia XL has a 5-inch WVGA display with a resolution of 800 X 480 pixels. It is powered by a dual-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC, backed by 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot.
On the camera front, the Nokia XL features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and a single LED Flash. There's a front-facing camera too. Other highlighted connectivity features include: Dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 2,000mAh battery fitted inside.
The handset measures 10.9mm in terms of thickness and weighs 190g. The Nokia XL runs Android OS, but the makers have added their own services on top of it. Additionally, users won't be able to access Google Play store, instead they have to rely on Nokia store. Nokia says 75% of Android apps will be usable on Nokia XL.
The BlackBerry Z3 has a 5-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. The Z3 comes with 8GB of on-board storage, which can be later expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The Z3 runs on the latest version of BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS. On the camera front, there's a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.1-megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity options of the smartphone include 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and more. The makers have added a 2,500mAh battery fitted inside.The handset is priced at Rs.15,000.