Xiaomi smartphones: Value for Money redefined

Xiaomi has come to India and how. It has changed the definition of value for money and the devices which were till now considered to be the benchmarks for value for money have been taken for a toss. Xiaomi has launched Mi3 for Rs 13,999, Redmi Note for Rs 9,999 and Redmi 1S for Rs 6,999. And there’s something common across all these devices. All of them provide you with specs that are equivalent to the devices which cost the double and are considered value for money offerings.

Let us start with the cheapest of the lot, which is the Redmi 1S. It has been pegged at Rs 6,999 and gets the spec sheet which can give the Moto G a run for its money at Rs 13,999. It’s a device which is better than the Moto G at Moto E price. Let us take a look at its specifications:


  • 4.7 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels
  • 1.6 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI V5.0
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded by another 64GB
  • 8MP rear camera with a BSI sensor and LED flash for better low light imaging. The aperture size stands at f/2.2 and it will record videos in 1080p resolution too for you. The front camera is a 1.6MP one with f/2.2 aperture and 1080p video recording ability
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG and Dual SIM connectivity
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Black colour with red, white and black back covers
  • Rs 6,999

Many of you may inhibitions about the update schedule and the customised ROM it brings to the table with it. But on a serious note, none of the other companies offer a promise for an upgrade at this price point and we believe the Redmi 1S will indeed get an update in future. The company’s proprietary UI keeps on getting upgraded every week so you’ll be engaged for a while to come. It will go on sale in August.

The other important point worth mentioning is that usually at this price point, all you get is a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon 200 (Moto E) or a 1.3 GHz quad core Mediatek processor (Micromax Unite 2 and the likes) or a 1.2 GHz quad core Broadcomm processor (Xolo Q600s, Lava Iris X1). All of them appeared decent ones until the Snapdragon 400 came to the party with its 4 cores ticking at 1.6 GHz. The story is replicated in the camera, connectivity, screen and storage department too (nobody offers 64GB expandable storage at this price other than Lumia 520). There is just no area where the device gives us a chance to complain about.

The next one to be launched is the Redmi Note. It is the cheapest octa core handset in the country and its nearest competitor in terms of the specifications, the Micromax Canvas Gold costs about Rs 20,000 which is double of what it costs. And the only thing in which the Redmi Note lags behind is the screen resolution is 720p instead of 1080p but then none of the sub Rs 10,000 devices have a 1080p resolution.

Let us take a look at its specifications:


  • 5.5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels
  • 1.7 GHz Octa Core MediaTek MT6592 processor
  • Mali 450 GPU
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI V5.0
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded by another 32GB with a microSD card.
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash which has a f/2.2 aperture size and support 1080p video recording too. The front snapper is a 5MP unit.
  • 3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Dual SIM connectivity
  • 3100 mAh battery
  • White colour with Dark green, Blue (light and dark), pink and black colours
  • Rs 9,999

To start off the things, all you get in this price range is usually an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera which are just average performers. But this one is a good performer indeed and is better than the other 13MP units from others. The processor offers a snappy performance and the 2GB RAM just makes things better. It might get an update as well and is easily the best device at this price point. It brings you a big screen experience on a budget without compromising on the specs. The list of competitors includes Karbonn Octane Plus, Canvas Knight, Canvas Gold, Elife S5.5 and a slew of other budget octa core devices which are priced between Rs 15,000-20,000.

Xiaomi Mi3

The flagship device, the Mi3 has already been analysed by us and its effects can be read here. It was teased at a price of Rs 14,999 initially but it ended up being pegged at Rs 13,999 which was exactly the same as the Moto G price. To sum it up, it is a Nexus 5 at the Moto G price. You guys may have doubts regarding the after sales but Xiaomi has already setup 30 services centres in the country in 20 major cities of the country and is in the process of expanding to more areas. Many say it has brought a missile to a sword fight. But Xiaomi has truly redefined Value for money in India.

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July 28, 2014 9:38 am 9:38 AM

Use Made in China Phones …

July 18, 2014 4:26 pm 4:26 PM

Both redmi versions have android 4.3 jellybean whereas moto g and moto e have android kitkat 4.4.2. will xiaomi update these phones in the future?

July 18, 2014 2:19 pm 2:19 PM
Do Chinese buy Indian products? No. But Indians will be very very happy to buy Chinese products and let the Indian money flow in Chinese hands. Of course you can imagine how it will come back to India. At a time when Indian brands have made some foothold in the country, here come the Chinese ones to destroy them. Chinese would even sell their phones at a loss if they can make sure that it will hamper the growth of Indian mobile manufacturers and prevent them from going global. But there will be enough Indians who would not care about… Read more »
July 25, 2014 12:04 pm 12:04 PM

Valid point. We do not need any Xiamis

July 21, 2014 9:16 pm 9:16 PM

You better buy coin box which is Made in India or use India Post.

July 23, 2014 1:12 pm 1:12 PM
It’s people like you who are ashamed of being Indians, who have brought India into such difficulties we face presently. Only if you had a shred of national pride, you would have understood what I have stated. But the tragedy of India is that we have more people like you who are ashamed of their own country and sing praises of anything that is foreign. Nothing but slave mindset, of course. But thankfully now more and more people are getting out of this slave mentality and realizing the value of nationalism and national pride. Maybe you’ll get out of it… Read more »
July 24, 2014 1:54 pm 1:54 PM
The so called Indian companies you are telling are all foreign funded with full or partial management control please go and know yourself how much flipkart or other popular Indian companies are funded by foreign investments and have management control . And do you know how much contribution is made by foreign companies in Health Care industry go ahead and do research before making such statements. Our economy is globalized and only those who are innovative and competitive will survive regardless they are Indian or foreign, we have a stable law system with good rules and regulations, if you are… Read more »
Jyotirmoy Manna
July 22, 2014 10:43 am 10:43 AM

Ha ha ha ! Rightly said Viswanath. Cannot think of so patriotism…

Kailash Kher
July 19, 2014 10:57 pm 10:57 PM

Do you drink Pepsi/Coke/Bisleri/Aquafina? Do you eat at KFC/McDonald/Dominos/PizzaHut? If your answer is ‘yes’, then you are someone with double standards.

July 23, 2014 1:07 pm 1:07 PM
No Mr. Kher, I don’t use any of these brands, I am a simple Indian person who prefers dal-roti-sabzi-chawal to the junk these foreign companies are selling. I used to drink colas a lot but gave it up later on when realized how unhealthy they are and also because they are looting people just by selling sweetened water. I am not a person to have double standards, otherwise I would not have been wasting my time here cautioning people about aggressive Chinese plans. Of course in this day and age of globalization some of the money will flow out to… Read more »
Jyotirmoy Manna
July 20, 2014 3:16 pm 3:16 PM

India is a poor country. Citizen will always try to buy cheap products.Again, different people’s requirements are not same. Abhisake may require good hardware but may sacrifice rom update whereas my requirement is opposit.Why not India is able to manufacture mobile phones/electronic goods and sell them at lower price?

July 23, 2014 1:19 pm 1:19 PM
India is not a poor country, get out of this thinking that has been fed into our brains by the previous governments and India haters who have no other job but to demoralize Indians. India is a rich country, but poorly managed. Once it is properly managed, it can compete with any country. China did not start manufacturing better quality products all at once, it took them many decades to reach this position. Till then they just sold cheap and low quality items which didn’t even last a month. But we Indians bought those items because they were so cheap,… Read more »
July 19, 2014 1:10 am 1:10 AM

Exactly…well said

Jyotirmoy Manna
July 19, 2014 7:26 pm 7:26 PM

Thoughtful reply. Carry on brother.

July 18, 2014 4:08 pm 4:08 PM

why we pay a large sum to the middle man. Most of the mobile parts are made in china. Indian or international companies buy these spare parts assemble them and sell at higher price.If i can buy a product without these money hungry middle men then i will go for it.Anyway goverment will get the tax

July 19, 2014 12:20 am 12:20 AM
Most of the parts are manufactured and most of the devices are assembled in China, that is the truth and it is difficult to avoid. But these are actual brands based in mainland China, not Hong Kong or Taiwan and some are even said to have links to the government and the army there. Given that the Chinese government never wants to see India prosper and progress, then why should any patriotic Indian be happy to let their money go to China. In the case of American and South Korean brands, most of the money you pay ends up in… Read more »
July 19, 2014 12:06 pm 12:06 PM

What ever you said there no hardware manufacturing units in India for both Indian and international brands.Even there no active software development(os)for mobile in india.if we buy an international or Indian brand we have to pay equipment price + handling charges .if buy a chiness brand only equipment price.and from the spec of mi3 did you think this is a cheap hardware ? so in this scenario we only avoids the money hungry middle man and the price of mi3 also aware s the common man how much these other companies loot people

July 21, 2014 2:09 pm 2:09 PM

Hold on.. you just said- “so in this scenario WE only avoids the money hungry middle man”.
Does this ‘WE’ mean that you are from Xiaomi? :->

July 23, 2014 1:23 pm 1:23 PM

LOL well spotted brother, it seems to be the case. To much “we” “we”.

kiran kumar.j
July 21, 2014 3:59 pm 3:59 PM

to whome u r sending mail conform and send mails ok this is not good