Xiaomi launches 4.7-inch Hongmi 1s Android smartphone with quad-core processor
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MediaTek chips are the favorite of Chinese companies that usually launch low-end and mid-range Android smartphones and tablets. Until recently, Xiaomi was one of these companies as well but things are changing thanks to its first handset to be released outside of China, namely the Xiaomi Redmi, a rebranded version of the locally available Hongmi smartphone.
While the original Hongmi used a quad-core MediaTek processor (the MT6589), the Hongmi 1s is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, the rest of the specs remaining unchanged:
- Processor: quad-core 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with Adreno 305 graphics
- Memory/Storage: 1 GB RAM; 8 GB internal storage and microSD support
- Display: 4.7-inch IPS multi-touch capacitive with 1,280X720 pixels and 312 ppi protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- Cameras: 1.3 MP front, 8 MP rear-facing with f/2.2 aperture, 28 mm wide angle lens and 1080p video recording capability
- Connectivity: dual SIM with 1 WCDMA 3G slot and 1 GSM 2G slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Operating system: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with custom MIUI interface
- Battery: 2,000 mAh Li-ion
The handset also features proximity sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, accelerometer and noise reduction capabilities, as well as premium Dirac sound. Chinese customers will be able to pre-order it starting on February 20 for 799 Yuan (roughly 130 USD).
Since both the Hongmi and Hongmi 1s are only available on the Chinese market, the next logical step would be to see the Hongmi 1s showing up on the international market as Redmi 1s, but this has not been confirmed yet.