A consumer checks out smartphones (Reuters)
A consumer checks out smartphones (Reuters)Reuters

Earlier in the week, Xiaomi announced to release the much-awaited budget smartphone Redmi 1S in India on 2 September.

Considering the Redmi 1S' feature-rich specifications and its dirt-cheap price-tag, the Xiaomi phone in all probability will stir up a huge storm in the Indian budget smartphone just like its sibling Mi3 did in the mid-range segment.

Redmi 1S will give a stiff competition to two popular MNC brands Motorola Moto E and the newly introduced Asus Zenfone 4.

All the three handsets are worth more than their price compared to other devices in the market, considering that they get the latest OS updates, water-proof display and other value-added features, which you don't normally find in an entry-level smartphone.

This is an exciting time in the Indian smartphone market, where all brands (both MNCs and domestic) are flooding market with feature-rich devices. Indian consumers will be spoilt for choices to buy smartphone this holiday season.

Here is a brief description of the key specifications of the three popular smartphones - Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Motorola Moto E and Asus Zenfone 4.

Display and Design:

First up, Xiaomi Redmi 1S; It sports a candy bar rectangular design with curved corners and flaunts a 4.7-inch HD screen with pixel density of 312 ppi, highest in its class (entry-level smartphones).

On the other hand, Motorola Moto E is no less of a competitor; it flaunts a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540p) screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 scratch-resistant shield and has a pixel density of 256 ppi. It also boasts of splash-resistant screen/body enabling users to take/answer calls even in rain. No other smartphone under this price-range offers this feature.

Asus Zenfone 4 sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854p) resolution screen having Gorilla Glass 3 shield and pixel density of 218 ppi.

Processor, Storage and RAM:

In this aspect, Xiaomi Redmi 1S once again, comes on top, thanks to Qualcomm's faster 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 series CPU. It is aptly backed by 1GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt memory (expandable up to 6GB).

Motorola phone too houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series processor, but the CPU consists of just two cores with maximum clock-rate is limited to just 1.2GHz. It comes packed with 1GB RAM and 4GB inbuilt memory (expandable up to 32GB).

Asus Zenfone 4 too ships with similar 1.2GHz dual-core processor, but it is made by Intel Corp. The company compensates this short coming with the sumptuous physical memory - 1GB RAM and 8GB storage space (expandable up to 64GB)

[Note: More the cores in the CPU, more smoothly the smartphone works]

Mobile Operating System:

In this aspect, all three phones almost stand even as they run on the ubiquitous Android platform, but Moto E owners will have slight advantage over the two competitors thanks to near stock Android OS. It also runs on the latest v4.4.4 KitKat OS (recently released, read full report, here).

On the other hand, Xiaomi Mi3 ships with v4.3 Jelly Bean with custom MIUI, whereas the Asus Zenfone is powered by Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS.


Specification wise, Asus Zenfone 4 (A450CG) comes on top. It boasts 8.0-megapixel camera on the rear side and a 0.3-megapixel snapper on the front. To enhance photography experience, company has incorporated proprietary PixelMaster camera technology with features including Selfie Mode and Depth of Field Mode, Low Light Mode and Time Rewind.

Xiaomi too ships with 8.0-megapixe camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera.

On the other hand, Motorola loses this battle as it comes with less superior 5.0-megapixel camera with no LED flash and neither a front-camera.

[Note: More mega-pixel count in the camera does not guarantee a good quality photograph. It all depends on the type of the lens, size and aperture.]


Price is one of the most important aspects of this comparison article as it plays a crucial role in the minds of the price-sensitive middle class and the aspiring youth population, which form the biggest chunk of the India's demography.

When Motorola Moto E set foot in India for ₹6,999, couple of months ago, it started a price-war among domestic and MNC brands and now Xiaomi has taken a notch up (read down), by keeping a ridiculous price-tag of ₹5,999 for the feature-rich Redmi 1S.

Asus Zenfone 4 (A450CG) is priced ₹6,999, if interested, consumers can also go for A400CG model, which costs ₹5,999. Only difference between two is their display size and camera specifications. [for more information, click here]

Key Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Motorola Moto E and Asus Zenfone 4 (A450CG):

Models Xiaomi Redmi 1S Motorola Moto E Asus Zenfone 4 (A450CG)
Display 4.7-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS LCD screen with AGC Dragon Trail glass shield

Pixel density: close to 312 ppi (pixels per inch)

4.3-inch qHD (960x540p) screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Pixel density : 256 ppi

4.5-inch FWVGA (854x480p) TFT screen with Gorilla Glass 3 shield

Pixel density:218 ppi

OS Android v4.3 Jelly Bean with custom MIUI Android v4.4.2 KitKat(v4.4.4 released) Android v4.4.2 KitKat
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU with 1.6GHz CPU speed 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 series dual-core CPU 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom CPU(with Intel Hyper threading technology)
GPU Adreno 305 400MHz Adreno 302 GPU PowerVR SGX544MP2
Storage capacity 8GB, expandable up to 64GB 4GB, expandable up to 32GB 8GB, expandable up to 64GB
Camera Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash, HDR,Front: 1.3-megapixel camera Main: 5.0-megapixel camera (no flash)Front : no camera Main: 8.0-megapixel cameraFront: 0.3-megapixel VGA camera(boasts PixelMaster camera with features such as Selfie Mode and Depth of Field Mode, Low Light Mode and Time Rewind to enhance photography)
Battery 2,000 mAh (Li-Polymer); 1,980 mAh (Li-Ion);Can provide power for close to 24 hours under mixed media usage 1,750 mAh;Talk time up to 13 hours (3G)Standby time: close to 255 hours (3G)
Network 2G & 3G 3G 2G & 3G
Add-ons Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0 (with LE, A2DP), micro-USB v2.0, GPRS/EDGE, microSD card slot Dual-SIM slots (micro), Bluetooth v4.0 (with LE), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), micro-USB v2.0, microSD card slot, FM radio Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0 (EDR, A2DP),Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), A-GPS, GLONASS integrated with Google Maps, FM radio, USB, microSD card slot
Dimensions 137.0 x 69.0 x 9.9 mm 124.8x 64.8 x 12.3 mm 136.8 x 67.9 x 11.3 mm
Weight 158 g 142 g 133g
Price ₹5,999/- ₹6,999 ₹6,999/-