Xiaomi Redmi 1s Goes on Sale on Sep 4 for P5,599


The P5,599.00 Redmi 1s is Xiaomi’s performance-and-features-for-a-price-point smartphone, and judging from the specs, the build quality, the display, how it feels in your hand, and the price, there’s not a lot to complain about.

The nearest package that seems to match what the Redmi 1s offers is the PP6,500.00 ASUS ZenFone 5 with 2GB of RAM and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. But with Filipinos being price-conscious, raised eyebrows will follow the price tag, and that gaze right now belongs to the Xiaomi Redmi 1s. Also, the MIUI 5, Xiaomi’s UI on top of Android, could probably win awards in terms of intuitiveness and utility.

Yup, on the right of the Redmi 1s units are the powerbanks that go on sale today. And yes, I do have some of those Mi bunnies.

Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra presided over the press con at Draft Gastropub, Greenbelt 2. No need for emcees or someone to intro him. He’s the Hugo.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1s will hit the Lazada store along with other products accessories for the Redmi 1s: a P175 screen protector, P350 alternate hard covers, and P350 gel covers (the covers come in various colors). Below are two such covers.

Wonderfully textured design. You can probably have a Cover for the Day schedule with your Redmi 1s.

Standard gel case, because some of us want to go minimalist, low key, and as close to no-cover at all.

Finally, this is me trying out how much more than 20,000 mAh of powerbank weighs in one hand. These powerbanks go on sale today.

We have a Xiaomi Redmi 1s review unit, so stay tuned for the unboxing followed by the full review.


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.