Official! Xiaomi announce dual sim Snapdragon 400 Powered Hongmi 1S for $130!

We’ve said that the current Xiaomi hongmi was long over due for a replacement, but we didn’t realise it would happen so soon! Here are the first official details of the new Qualcomm powered Xiaomi hongmi 1S.

The current Xiaomi Hongmi with 1.5Ghz MT6589T processor has been available for some time now, and we knew it was only a matter of time before an update version of the phone hit stores! Well here it is! The Xiaomi Hongmi 1S!

The Xiaomi Hongmi 1S quietly appeared on Xiaomi’s official website just a few moments ago compete with specification details a launch date and pricing!

Xiaomi Hongmi 1S Specifications

Xiaomi are masters at keeping costs to a minimum and with the Hongmi 1S they have taken the same Hongmi body but replaced the hardware with more powerful and up to date components!

xiaomi hongmi 1s

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The original Mediatek processor has been replaced with a more potent Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip running at 1.6Ghz (quad-core MSM8628), there is also an Adreno 305 GPU on board, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, 4.7-inch 720p display, 2000mAh battery, MIUI v5 based on Android 4.3, and 8 mega-pixel f2.2 main camera!

xiaomi hongmi 1s

As usual Xiaomi are performing a staggered launch with the first Xiaomi Hongmi 1S phones only getting support for China Telecom’s CDMA network. The networks specifications for the CDMA Xiaomi Homgmi 1S are CDMA 2000/1X/EVDO Rev.A 3G; 800/1900MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz.

Xiaomi Hongmi 1S launch and pricing

xiaomi hongmi 1s

The Xiaomi Hongmi 1S will be available to pre-order in the usual Xiaomi marketing fashion via their website from 20th Feb. Although the phone has seen a significant boost in processor specification the pricing for the Xiaomi Hongmi 1S remains just 799 Yuan ($130).

Thanks to alecattax for the tip!

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  1. February 14, 2014

    great news!!! android 4.3?!

    February 14, 2014


  3. Sere83
    February 14, 2014

    Great news, only problem is like the MTk verision I suspect it will be a while until we actually see a WCDMA version available

    • February 14, 2014

      Outside of China yes.

  4. Kamui
    February 14, 2014

    Still 1G Ram wtf!

    • Anon
      February 14, 2014

      For 130$ you were expecting 4k screen, 4 GB ram 40 mp camera and 10000 mah battery?
      It haves the same specs and price as the Moto G so you can’t really ask for more.

      • Sere83
        February 14, 2014

        even better because of 8mp camera

      • kleautzak
        February 14, 2014

        we expected 8k screen, 12gb ram, 84MP camera and 100000Mah battery.
        if not, this Phone really sucks

  5. Zeca
    February 14, 2014

    Is Hugo Barra working still in the Xiaomi? What is he doing there?
    Why doesn’t he give a push for the company to launch the WCDMA version for international consumers (Brazilian consumers including)?

    • Célio Moram
      February 15, 2014

      um brasileiro aqui no site kkk, o moto g já dura muito a bateria… se esse ai for 30% maior no quesito bateria eu compraria

    • Zeca
      February 15, 2014

      “Barra will have the task of expand the Xiaomi to the global market.”

      I think that Lei Jun, Xiaomi founder, changed him of function.

  6. Jonesy
    February 14, 2014

    Hi there! This model have MHL or mini-hdmi out put for tv? Thanks a bunch in advance!

  7. vita09
    February 14, 2014

    well it will never see the light of day in the west, what is hugo barra doing then?

  8. FTP
    February 15, 2014

    Wow its a Moto G Competitor. Probably but not so much outside China.
    By the time this phone release for international buyers the code would be atleast 180USD and
    even if price is little lesser i guess buyers would prefer Moto G over this, reason is awareness of XiaoMi is not that much, E.g. i have a XiaoMi M2A but no one around me has heard XiaoMi. So my phone is “china phone”

  9. alecattax
    February 15, 2014

    Hi Andy, you are welcome…Keep on the good job…

  10. Aeonia
    February 15, 2014

    which is the most powerful gpu among? powervr 544mp in mtk6589T, adreno 305 or the mali400mp in mtk6582

    • Adi
      February 15, 2014

      Adreno 305 easily! 🙂

  11. g444
    February 16, 2014

    no camera upgrade? who cares about cpu?

  12. ptov
    February 17, 2014

    Andy, do you know if WCDMA version is really confirmed for the future? Or is it like Red Rice at first that WCDMA version was only a rumour?

    I know that chipset could easily support 4 band WCDMA, so i hope they do launch it soon! Moto G Killer!

    • February 17, 2014

      Yes they will launch a WCDMA model, but it might be slightly different in design.

  13. GrößterNehmer
    February 17, 2014

    “As usual Xiaomi are performing a staggered launch with the first Xiaomi Hongmi 1S phones only getting support for China Telecom’s CDMA network”
    Not quite correct. The previous version was first launched for China Mobiles TD-SCDMA network, followed by the WCDMA version for China Unicom’s customers. The original Hongmi couldn’t be used in China Telecom’s network. At least not if you wanted to have high speed internet access.

    • February 17, 2014

      Staggered launch is what is ‘usual’ 🙂

  14. Xak
    February 23, 2014

    So, what are the main differences between the older Hongmi and this Hongmi 1S?
    Will be better and cheaper?
    If so, i will feel a bit disappointed cause i bought the redrice a month ago!!

    • burnt_52
      February 24, 2014

      If you read the article it has a different processor so better performance. At the moment only sounds like it works in China but hopefully later release will work outside