Xiaomi Redmi 1S WCDMA goes available for $169.99 Internationally


The updated version of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S with quad-core Snapdragon processor goes on sale with WCDMA support for $169.99.

Xiaomi like to keep their device fresh with a refresh throughout their life-cycle. The original M1 received an update to the M1S, and so on with the M2S, and even the entry-level Redmi.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S shares the same basic design and hardware as the older Mediatek powered phone, but receives an important processor upgrade. The processor in the Redmi 1S is a more powerful 1.6Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 unit with a more advanced Adreno 305GPU. Chinese reseller SPEmall have a batch of WCDMA 3G versions of the Redmi on sale now for $169.99, head over to their product page for more information.

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42 Comments

  1. highwind
    May 6, 2014

    Awesome phone for all those wanting the specs of Motorola Moto G with an outdated Android version, 12 month less warranty and a higher price tag!

    • ChecchoT
      May 6, 2014

      well… it depends… this has 4.7 screen and physical keys (vs 4,5 with virtual keys) and native miui support, quad core 1,6ghz against 1,2 and better gps than original mediatek processors, micro sd expansion, dual sim, you can change battery….
      thanks to qualcomm processor you’ll have more roms available in the future as cyanogenmod and paranoidandroid…
      I was waiting for this phone, but now I don’t know what to do: jiayu g4s for battery and price, or buy with my operator an lg g2 (14 euros month ffor 24 months + 79 first payment) or this phone or wait for zte redbull v5 wcdma version…
      Good times to buy a new phone

      • Manos
        May 6, 2014

        I’m thinking the same . I will go with jiayu g4s it has the power and the battery but if this xiaomi had 2gb ram it will be nice that’s the big problem.
        4g is not a problem running good with 3g if the network is working!

        • ChecchoT
          May 6, 2014

          yeah, I’m just curious to see if really mtk6592 gps works right, my mtk6589 processors sais that I run at 55km/h :O

          • Anil sharma
            May 7, 2014

            Jiayu G4S Octacore 1.7 with 2G Ram and 16GB ROM MIUI also available price under 200 USD If 3G is OK then best choice

            • Mango Mann
              June 2, 2014

              Hi, I had the Jiayu G4 Advanced and I had to sell it . The specs on paper look good but : The WI-FI and GPS sucked , the battery alltough it was 3000 mAh barely last a day with a normal usage . Games were very laagy . The camera was also not so great even with 13 MP . I used mostly MIUI rom but there are lots of flaws . I wouldn’t recomend Jiayu until they optimize their phones and a good rom . I would go for a Qualcomm platform.

        • Jean Michel
          May 6, 2014

          hi mate, i am also interested in the jiayu G4S and was wondering if this smartphone has really wcdma 900Mhz frequency for france? by the way, the Hongmi 1s is really good looking too but i agree 1GB ram might not be enough for demanding programs these days. what about MI2S, i know that this mobile has been released a year ago? thanks, jm

          • ChecchoT
            May 6, 2014

            ejiayu.it and jiayu.es they say it is 900mhz

          • Manos
            May 6, 2014

            Mi2s is good choice! Very good phone.plus the GPS is working! Normal size may smaller than G4s.
            The price is high with shipping mi2s 235€ and the Jiayu g4s 155€.

            • Jean Michel
              May 6, 2014

              Here’s a huge list of new and upcoming phones:
              – Jiayu G4S ou G5S
              – Xiaomi MI2S
              – ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini
              – Innos D10F
              – Hasee X50
              – Xiaomi MI3S
              – ZTE Star 1
              – Xiaomi Hongmi 1S
              – ZTE Redbull V5

              Please let me know your thoughts!

              Thanks.
              JM

            • Manos
              May 7, 2014

              What about oneplus?
              Wait for the Xiaomi MI3S or Oneplus1

            • JM
              May 7, 2014

              I am seriously considering the Jiayu G4S. Xiaomi MI3S and Oneplus 1 might be too expensive and bigger for me because of the screen size. I am wondering when these phones will be available for order. Some phones quoted in the list above are difficult to find on the web or ebay.

              I came across to the following phone Nibiru H1 which has an interesting price and quite heavy specs for the price.

              I am really lost and I don’t know what to order seriously. It is a shame that the Hongmi 1S have only 1gb of ram, it would have been perfect for the price.

            • amirexpressir
              May 12, 2014

              added “100+ v6” and “kingzon k1”

          • Airyl
            May 6, 2014

            MI2S is a great choice.

          • Manos
            May 6, 2014

            The Jiayu is working at wcdma 900,1900,2100,800,850 I will have it for sure in a few days. This is from the G4A.

      • highwind
        May 6, 2014

        Mediatek? Motorola Moto G has the exakt same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 as this WCDMA 1S…
        Native wannabe IOS? Cool for kids who like colorfull toys 🙂

        The LG G2 from your operator is way overpriced (14×24+79=415€!) as you can get in for 299€ in most european countries.

        • ChecchoT
          May 6, 2014

          moto g is 1,2ghz, I’m sure, miui has lot of natural functions that are not supported by usual clean android and lot of personalization options.
          I’m not rich but I can pay 90 euros more divided in 2 years…not 325 (by now the best price I’ve seen from my country resellers, I’m just waiting to see what happens with lg3 announcement

        • ChecchoT
          May 6, 2014

          *original xiaomi red rice was mediatek, I know moto g is snapdragon powered, but at 1,2ghz, not 1,6

        • patator
          May 6, 2014

          “exact same” …
          MOTO G : snapdragon 400 (8226) 1.2ghz
          Redmi 1S : snapdragon 400 (8628) 1.6ghz

        • Airyl
          May 6, 2014

          Meh. The Redmi is way more functional than the Moto G. Dual sim slots, removable battery, an SD card slot, a faster processor, a larger display, a better camera and it’s cheaper than the Moto G (Moto G’s rrp is $179 for the 8GB version). MIUI is also lot more functional than stock, no matter how it looks. Not to mention changing to Nova Launcher brings just about the same experience and looks but with MIUI benefits. There’s literally no reason to get the G over this unless you’re a Moto fan.

          • highwind
            May 6, 2014

            – removable battery for less compact casing? solid advantage!
            – 1 year warranty vs 2 years warranty? solid advantage again!
            – in case of defective device returning the phone somewhere to China with a high chance of neither seeing a new phone nor the money vs just going to the next local store and exchance the defective for a new one? Xiaomi ftw!!!
            – pricing? Moto G is 140 Euros (including VAT) all over Europe, while Redmis 1S is atleast 160 Euro (including VAT) in most european Countries
            – 4.3 MIUI more functional than 4.4 stock Android? Dream on…

            • ChecchoT
              May 6, 2014

              I use a 30 of 32gb external memory… 16gb moto g costs about 180, I’m also tired of using a 4.5 display, also I prefer to have a better camera… I already had the chance to try a moto g, I love its design but is not suitable for me

            • Airyl
              May 6, 2014

              -Almost anyone with a sensible mind will take a phone with a removable battery than one that doesn’t. It’s style over function, only a narcissist would take style.

              -OK, you can have that. Not a solid reason, but fine.

              -That’s your problem, I can go to a nearby Xiaomi experience store and get a new unit anytime. And a “high chance” of you’re phone going missing? If you’re super unlucky then maybe. That stuff rarely happens these days.

              -The RRP of an 8GB Moto G in most European countries is actually 170 Euros. It’s supposed to be more expensive than the Redmi, and it is in almost every country that has the Redmi readily available.

              -Honestly, this is up to your tastes. If you actually think Stock is more functional than MIUI than go ahead. I’m too busy playing around with my themes and shortcuts to bother.

              In conclusion, you have proven for me that the good of the Redmi outweights it’s bad by a large portion. Not only that, but you’ve also proven that a person can be blinded by personal preferences and ignore facts altogether. Also, your little “solid advantage!” parts are annoying and immature. Please refrain from doing that, as it may be insulting to fans of Xiaomi.

      • amirexpressir
        May 7, 2014

        look “dakele xiao” 1/4GB & 2/16GB too

  2. Joan
    May 6, 2014

    Waiting for some 4G/lte phones to come but many of them are delaying their launch (aka Xiaomi mi3s, OPone, Vivo X3S, Jiayu, …). Any recommendation for a 4G/lte phone ? Is it worthy to wait for a 4G phone ?

    • Manos
      May 6, 2014

      Wait for Oneplus or Xiaomi Mi3S All the others the price will be too much ! Jiayu will late to make a 4g phone for sure.

    • Nina
      May 6, 2014

      Hmph. They should’ve just taken the octa mediatek, bumped up the ram to 2gb and a 2500 or more battery. At $170 such a device would have been a market slayer. Imagine even $180 with otg and NFC, I would have bought it

    • Michael
      May 8, 2014

      Now come out a new 4G phone: Huawei Honor X1 4G Phone, but the price is higher.

  3. Mesterio
    May 6, 2014

    Man it is becoming too hard! I was going to try the iNew v3 as my first new Chinaphone but the review about the battery put me off. I jumped on the Doogee turbo dg2014, was put off again! The list went on to either Jiayu S2( was a must until One+1 reared its head), which i dont know what is happening with it now, to Jaiyu G2F and now I am stuck with Jiayu G4s and Xiaomi Redmi 1s. I just wanted to see if it is really worth the buzz before I buy the One+1. Without a shadow of doubt the one+1 is a must but I just want to try something out first and it seems the safest bet is Xiaomi Redmi 1s. OH i was looking at the the Lenovo A850+ aswell hmmmmm.

    • amirexpressir
      May 7, 2014

      you have put how much aside for smartphone(exculding tax)??
      zte v5,infocus m320,hasee x50,jiayu g4s,nibiru h1
      if you have around 300USD in mind, then buy Thl T100s ironman

      • JetVeam
        May 11, 2014

        The Coolpad F1w is also an excellent phone… 2GB of RAM, 13mpx Sony Camera, etc…

        It costs around $185 with shipping included

      • Mesterio
        May 20, 2014

        Thanx Guys i went for the G4s, Coolpad F1w looks interesting will look it up.

    • desponent
      May 8, 2014

      The best bet is G4S with MIUI. 😛

      • Mesterio
        May 20, 2014

        Thanks desponent, interesting name although spell check wants to change it, I ordered the G4s before you replied so all is good. Not arrived yet, but I am very excited!!

  4. kevinnn
    May 8, 2014

    Redmi 1S, attract me, but not buying anything from Spemall, is it reliable? this phone worth to buy ? Any suggestions? I want to buy . thanks.

    • Richard
      May 8, 2014

      Spemall is reliable, i have brought from them twice, both without problem, linda from service team is good in communication

      • kevinnn
        May 9, 2014

        Thanks man. Already ordered it from SPEmall with DHL, SPemall said they have large number of inventory ready for shipping. I trust them, now waiting .

        • Pascal
          May 9, 2014

          Hey, which phone have you ordered? I am just curious, I would like to order the 1S but was wondering if it is worth to buy it considering the 1GB memory which might not be enough. I am also considering the Jiayu G4S which has a better battery and cpu. What’s the difference between Mediatek and Snapdragon? Any difference in battery optimization? I wanted to buy the Xiaomi MI2S first but its price with shipping is around 250€ which is expensive for a smartphone released more than a year ago. MI3 looks great but the built in battery is a negative point. Thanks.

  5. sgphone
    May 11, 2014

    This article is wrong. Redmi (Mediatek) is still sold in Xiaomi Singapore. Where is 1s?