Xiaomi Redmi 1s unboxing: a nondescript box that hides a beast

“We take a peek inside the box contents of the Xiaomi Redmi 1s”

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If we had to choose one word to describe Xiaomi, “disruptive” is the first thing that comes to mind. At a time when flagships were retailing in the range of Rs 35,000 – Rs 50,000, the company did the unthinkable by launching the loaded Mi 3 (review) for Rs 13,999, a price that was ridiculously affordable. But just yesterday, Xiaomi announced that it was indefinitely suspending sales of the smartphone, in favour of the budget Redmi 1s.

The Redmi 1s was initially announced for Rs 6,999, but the price has now been slashed to Rs 5,999, effectively making it one of the best budget choices in the market. One look at its specs and you’ll see why. The Redmi 1s features a 4.7-inch 720p display protected by Asahi Dragontrail glass. At its heart purrs a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, paired with a gigabyte of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. An 8MP primary snapper and 1.6MP front camera take care of photography duties. The dual-SIM device is backed by a 2,050mAh user-replaceable battery. Handling the software side of things is Xiaomi’s own MIUI ROM, running atop of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. 

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The smartphone is slated to go on sale on September 2nd via Flipkart, along with a spate of official accessories like screen guards, interchangeable back covers, flip covers and more.

We’ve already had a chance to go hands-on with the smartphone when it was originally unveiled alongside the Redmi Note (first impressions), but now that we’ve got a review unit, we’re going to take a look at the box contents.

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The Redmi 1s comes packaged in Xiaomi’s standard brown cardboard box, with a Mi logo on the top left. Sliding off the cover, you’ll find the Redmi 1s cradled in a simple tray, which can be removed to reveal the remaining components.

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First up is a slim cardboard sheath with the warranty card and standard documentation neatly folded inside. Underneath, you’ll find a two-pin wall charger and micro-USB cable. Tucked away at the very bottom is a bright orange user-replaceable battery. Since the Redmi 1s accepts only regular-sized SIMs, Xiaomi has said that the the retail units of the smartphone will ship with two free SIM card adapters. These were missing in the box of our review unit though.

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While the packaging and box contents are simple and no-fuss, the Redmi 1s is anything but. We’ll be putting the smartphone to the test over the next week, and answering all your questions about the device, its performance and camera prowess. Don’t go anywhere.  

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