Xiaomi Redmi 2 vs Redmi 1s: Battle of the successor and predecessor

Soon after launching its high-end smartphone, the Mi 4 in India at competitive prices, Xiaomi launched its later budget offering, the Redmi 2 in India recently. Successor to the brand’s one of the highly popular smartphones in India, the Redmi 1s, raises the bar high for budget Android phones in the country. The Redmi 2 is an instant hit in the country as 50,000 units of the device were snapped by the eagerly waiting buyers on Flipkart in just 87 seconds. However, if you are wondering what exactly the successor has to offer compared to its predecessor, let’s go on a comparison ride and compare the Redmi 2 and Redmi 1s.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 vs Redmi 1s: Comparison of two of the best budget Android phones in India

Xiaomi Redmi 2 vs Redmi 1s

Design and Display

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 brings a refreshing design compared to the Redmi 1s. The device is more rounded than Redmi 1s, and comes with a matte-finish back panel that gives it a superior look over its predecessor. In addition, the Redmi 2 is 0.5mm slimmer and 24 grams lighter than its predecessor. Coming to the display, both the Redmi 2 and Redmi 1s offer the same 4.7-inch HD screens with layer of AGC Dragontrail Glass for durability.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 2’s processor is faster than the Redmi 1’s CPU with support for 64-bit computing. The smartphone is backed by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, aided by an Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The Redmi 1s on the other hand utlises a 32-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, coupled with an Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM. For storage needs, both the phones are equipped with 8GB of expandable flash storage.

Software features

The Xiaomi Redmi 1s runs the dated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI v5 on top. While its successor’s biggest standout feature is MIUI v6 OS that runs on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Some of the key software tweaks of the MIUI 6 include floating notifications, better app management, Motion, security, customisation, and colour content. Though the Redmi 1s is also all set to receive the latest MIUI version very soon.

Camera & Battery capacity

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Redmi 1s, both the smartphones offer 8MP primary cameras with an LED flash. However, when it comes to the secondary shooters, the Redmi 2 has a better 2MP snapper compared to the 1.6MP camera of the Redmi 1s. Coming to the battery, the Xiaomi Redmi 1s has a 2,000mAh unit, while its successor is loaded with a large 2,200mAh unit. However, there’s not much difference in the talk time and standby figures of both the devices.


Connectivity is another standout of the Redmi 2 in the budget arena. The smartphone comes with support for India’s 4G LTE bands to offer download and upload speeds of 150MB/sec and 50MB/sec respectively. The rest of the connectivity options of the Redmi 2 are similar to the Redmi 1s including dual-SIM slots, 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth, USB OTG, and microUSB.


For Rs 6,999, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is certainly among the best Android phones of the budget arena, which its predecessor, the Redmi 1s was star of the show before it arrived. Though Xiaomi has permanently discontinued the Redmi 1s India after hosting multiple flash sales for Rs 5,999 on Flipkart. However, Xiaomi has started selling the refurbished and unboxed units of the Redmi 1s in the country for Rs 4,599 on Greendust and Overcart. Coming to the Redmi 2 again, the device has shaken 4G LTE-enabled smartphones arena in India. The device competes against the likes of the Lenovo A6000 and YU Yureka, which both are budget 4G LTE devices.

Author Bio:The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications Xiaomi Redmi 2 for the readers to make an informed buying decision.
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