When Xiaomi unveiled the M1s the Chinese phone community didn’t know what to make of the updated Android phone however after initial reviews and hands on most agree that the Xiaomi M1S is one killer budget phone!
The Xiaomi M1s offers budget buyers a very fast dual-core phone with an exceptional 8 mega-pixel rear camera! While the design of the M1S hasn’t changed much since the first Android Xiaomi phone there are a few notable differences between the previous Xiaomi M1 (plus) and the new and improved Xiaomi M1s (super).
Xiaomi M1s Specification
Xiaomi M1s price
The original Xiaomi M1 arrived this time last year for 1999 yuan ($313) and wowed the world due to the great dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, large (for the time) screen, awesome UI in the form of MIUI and long battery life. Now a year on Xiaomi have launched the M1s at a lower price, 1499 ($) but with a better specification, dual cameras and faster CPU!
Xiaomi M1s Rear Camera
The M1s boasts one of the best 8 mega-pixel rear cameras of any phone currently available! I don’t mean just in its price range either I actually mean the M1s has a killer rear camera! So good in fact I might pick one up for this function alone!
What makes the rear camera so good is not must the impressive 8 mega-pixel rating but also the large f2.2 aperature and large 28mm lens which together provide lighter, brighter and bigger photos than most phones on the market today.
Below are some example photos taken with the 8 mega-pixel Xiaomi M1s.
The wide lens actually means you are able to capture more of the world as you snap a photo, and the increase is quite noticeable!
Xiaomi M1s Front Camera
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The original M1 didn’t have a front camera as it was deemed worthless, but for the M1s Xiaomi have decided to include one, and it’s a good one! Rather than give this low-cost super phone a cheap front camera, Xiaomi have given the M1s an impressive 2 mega-pixel front camera with a large 30mm wide lens and f2.2 aperature!
Both the front and rear cameras are capable of filming at 1080p too!
Xiaomi M1s Dual-core CPU
While the M1 was no slouch thanks to it’s 1.5Ghz dual-core cpu and 1GB RAM, the M1s is notably faster thanks to its updated 1.7Ghz CPU! Not only is the processor speed faster but the new technology and improved MIUI version of Android help the M1s speed a long at a very impressive rate and scoring an impressive 6855 on Antutu!
Quadrant score are good to with the dual-core Xiaomi M1s being just a little behind the Quad-core tegra 3 HTC One X! Impressive for a phone which costs just $200!
Bluetooth 4.0 and OTG
Sharing via Bluetooth is now even easy and faster thanks to the M1s supporting the latest version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth 4.0 and also OTG!
MIUI 4.1 Android Jelly Bean
It’s not just the hardware which has seen an update, the Android OS powering the Xiaomi M1S has been given an overhaul and some great new features!
For Chinese speakers there is iFlytek’s built-in Siri like virtual assistant and excellent Chinese input options. Like the Apple iPhone 4S you can speak to the Xiaomi M1s and have the phone write your messages, perform search or make notes.
Miui 4.1 also bring a new desktop management which allows owners to customize not just the look of their Xiaomi M1s but also how it functions with custom gestures, shortcuts and more!
Xiaomi M1S availability
The inital batch of 200,000 Xiaomi M1s phones will be offered to those who managed pre-order the M1s through the company’s own Weibo micro blog account and online at their website today.
The rest of the world will have to wait a few more months before they can head to the shop and buy the Xiaomi M1s as normal!
All in all the Xiaomi M1s would have been enough of an update of the last generation Xiaomi M1, but to have this phone, with this performance, amazing rear camera and all at a super low price is just formidable!
Watch out Samsung, LG, HTC and Apple ! Xiaomi is coming!