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Could the Moto G have a low-cost competitor in the Xiaomi Hongmi 1S?

When Motorola dropped the Moto G – that glorious, low-cost, high quality Android device for just $179 – we were ecstatic. Not only was a major manufacturer bringing an affordable Android device to the market, but it was shipping with vanilla Android decorated with just a few Motorola apps on top. Now, Xiaomi, the new home of ex-Googler Hugo Barra, has announced an even cheaper handset with even better specs than the Moto G: the Hongmi 1S.  

Hongmi 1S front
The Xiamo Hongmi 1S makes even the Moto G look expensive. / © Xiaomi

The dual-SIM 1S will feature a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.6 GHz, with 1 GB of RAM in support and Adreno 305 graphics. That's much the same as the Moto G but with a much faster processor clock speed. The 1S has a 4.7-inch HD screen, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot and a removable 2,000 mAh battery. The Moto G on the other hand has a 4.5-inch HD screen, 8/16 GB of internal storage and a 2,070 mAh battery. So far it's a pretty close race, but the ace up Motorola's sleeve is the latest version of Android: 4.4.2 KitKat, even though the 1S has a better camera and microSD expansion. The 1S will ship with the MIUI V5 ROM based on Android 4.3.

Hongmi 1S
The Hongmi 1S even looks great. / © Xiaomi
Manufacturer Xiaomi Motorola
Operating System MIUI v5, based on Android 4.3 Android 4.4.2
Display 4.7-inch, LCD (1,280 x 720 pixel), 312 ppi 4.5-inch, LCD (1,280 x 720 pixel), 329 ppi
Processor Quad-Core Snapdragon 400, 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz
Internal Memory 8 GB, microSD expansion 8/16 GB
Camera 8 MP (rear), 1.6 MP (front) 5 MP (rear), 1.3 MP (front)
Battery 2,000 mAh 2,070 mAh
Connectivity GSM,CDMA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 GSM,HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0
Wireless Charging No No
Dimensions / Weight 137 x 69 x 9.9 mm / 158 grams 129.9 x 65.9 x 6-11.6 mm / 143 grams
Price 799 Yuan (approx. 130 USD) (8 GB) 179 USD (8 GB) / 199 USD (16 GB)

At launch, the Hongmi 1S will be released in Chinese on CDMA (although it has both a CDMA and GSM SIM card slot) for 799 Yuan – that's the equivalent of 130 USD. The device will be available for preorder on February 20. There's no announcements about a global or US release as yet, but the success of the Moto G globally has proven there is a very solid market for high-powered affordable devices. With Hugo Barra sitting behind the VP's desk of Xiaomi, there's every reason to believe he'll be applying a bit of the ex-Google-owned Motorola ethos to the Xiaomi product lineup. And global availability is certainly part of that recipe.

Would you consider a 1S if it was available in your country? What are your thoughts on the MIUI ROM?

Source: Xiaomi


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