Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S now comes with 4G LTE

Looks like Xiaomi’s beefing up its Red Army with faster Internet speeds

Just days after Xiaomi proclaimed that its newer Redmi Note phablets are going to feature 4G LTE functionality, it’s decided to extend and outfit the feature to another of its flagships – the Redmi 1S.

The Chinese electronics company’s co-founder, Bin Lin, took to his Facebook page again to out the information. But, instead of the FDD-LTE that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G comes with, the Redmi 1S 4G is enabled with TD-LTE.

What this means for you, is that the model will be incompatible with the FDD standard used in Malaysia thus it’s very unlikely that we’ll see it here, unless Xiaomi makes a FDD-LTE variant of it.

Xiaomi’s also switched up some of the insides of the device – the Redmi 1S 4G will feature a new chipset – a MediaTek SoC like the original Redmi (the 1S 3G has a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip).  

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Staying ahead of the game

In addition, it’s powered by a MediaTek MT6582 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, aided by 1GB of RAM. Also, its battery capacity has been augmented by 10 per cent to 2200 mAh and it comes with one SIM card slot only (its 3G sibling comes with two).

The Redmi 1S 4G is also said to run on MIUI V5 based on Android 4.4 KitKat, an upgrade from the other two Redmi handsets that run on Jelly Bean.

Besides these changes, its other specs remain the same as other Redmi units – it will have a 4.7in 720p display, 8GB of built-in storage (expandable to 32GB using microSD cards), an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, as well as a 1.6MP front snapper.

The Redmi 1S 4G will be made available in China on 16 August, and will cost 699 yuan (RM362). If Xiaomi does reveal a FDD compatible Redmi 1S 4G in Malaysia, you can expect it to be around that price.  

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[Source: GSM Arena and image: Bin Lin's Facebook

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