The Motorola G launched in Singapore last month with great fanfare – there were overnight queues; something we only see reserved for the latest Galaxy or iPhone device. For $318, it offered you a quad-core Snapdragon S400 processor at 1.2 GHz, a 720p display, and a decent 5 MP camera. Well guess what Motorola, hope you enjoyed your brief reign at the top of the budget chain, because Xiaomi is here with the Redmi, a device that offers extremely similar specs for half the price.
That’s right, Xiaomi is at it again. Previously they’d targeted the budget segment with their 10 400 mAh power bank, which they sold for just US$11. This time the fish is much bigger.
Meet the Xiaomi Redmi.
It packs the following specs:
- 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
- SGX544 PowerVR Series GPU
- 1 GB RAM
- 4.7 inches 720p IPS display
- 4 GB expandable storage
- micro-SD card slot (up to 32 GB)
- 8 MP, f/2.2 camera with 1080p video
Compared to Motorola’s Moto G, the Redmi is an amazing deal. The MT6589 processor of the Redmi is 300 MHz faster than the Moto G’s S400, and while it comes with just 4 GB of internal storage, it one-ups the Moto G with the support of a micro-SD card.
It also has a much more powerful camera, with a higher resolution and larger aperture (f-stop). The 720p display also matches the Moto G, but the 4.7″ of real estate is at a cost to the pixel density which drops to 312 ppi, which is just shy of Apple’s claimed “Retina” resolution.
It even has a 2000 mAh battery, which if used economically can last you a whole day (light to moderate usage). This figure is also just 300 mAh short of the Nexus 5’s battery capacity which houses the more power-hungry Snapdragon 800 and a full HD display.
Just like the Singaporean Moto G, the Xiaomi alsois a dual-SIM device. It has one WCDMA slot for 3G data and one GSM slot for 2G data. This is a feature that is really useful for frequent travelers – forget the hassle of having to switch SIM cards overseas.
The best part of this device is the price. While Brightstar is selling the Moto G for S$318, the Redmi can be purchased soon for S$169. That’s right. A hundred and seventy dollars.
This puts it at nearly half the price of the Moto G, and while the Moto device does offer near-stock Android, that is not worth $150. And this being Android, you can always flash a custom ROM to get that clean experience.
Just like the Moto G, the Redmi also comes in dozens of colours and designs. From the website it seems that it will be coming in black, yellow, blue, pink, green, white, and red. Even in each colours, the design of the Redmi looks amazing, and definitely is better than the uninspiring budget Samsung devices.
And before you go off dissing the device due to it’s Chinese origin, take a look at Motorola again. Google just completed its sale two weeks ago to Lenovo for US$2.9 billion.
So looking at the whole picture, you’ll come to realize that the Redmi is a deal that budget conscious consumers cannot miss. For specs that put the higher priced Moto G to shame and a price that no device can rival, this is a must-buy for those with a tight wallet.
The Redmi will be arriving on Singapore shores next week on the 21st of February, so keep your calendars marked.