The Chinese designer and manufacturer of mobile phones Xiaomi unveiled its latest entry-level proposition – the Hongmi 1s. The Android smartphone will be available for pre-order in China on February 20 for ¥799 ($130).
The biggest difference between the Xiaomi Hongmi 1s and its predecessor it’s the chipset. The newcomer has ditched the Mediatek MT6589T SoC for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 305 GPU.
The Xiaomi Hongmi 1s packs a gig of RAM and 8GB of built-in memory which can be further expanded via microSD card slot. The screen is a 4.7” IPS unit with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Out of the box, the device will boot Android 4.3 Jelly Bean dressed in Xiaomi’s MIUI V5 interface.
The camera of the Hongmi 1s is an 8MP unit with f/2.2 and LED flash, capable of capturing 1080p videos. The front-facing camera is a 1.6MP unit. Connectivity options include dual-SIM (one GSM and one WCDMA), Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS + GLONASS.
The physical measures of the Hongmi 1s are 137 x 69 x 9.9mm, while its weight tips the scale at 158 grams. The device is powered by a user-replaceable 2,000 mAh battery.
At a quick glance, the Xiaomi Hongmi 1s offers a lot of hardware for the money. The device offers beefier specs than the popular Moto G for a lot less cash.