Redmi 1S vs Moto G India shootout


Xiaomi is a phone manufacturer that more people are paying attention to nowadays and recently launched the Redmi 1S smartphone in India. Earlier today the company halted sales of the extremely popular Xiaomi Mi3 in India, as we reported here, and instead will focus on the cheaper Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Now we’re looking at the Redmi 1S vs. Moto G in an Indian shootout.

The Redmi 1S appears to offer a lot for the money, but the Motorola Moto G has already proved a big hit in India although it’s the more expensive of the two. It looks likely that the Redmi 1S will also find a good place in the market, so we’ll highlight the key specs and more of these dual-SIM handsets so that you can see how they compare.

The Redmi 1S has a 1.6GHz Snapdradgon 400 quad-core processor and Adreno 305 graphics. On the other hand the Moto G offers a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, also with Adreno 305 GPU.

The Redmi 1S has a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 312 ppi. The Moto G has a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 326 ppi.

RAM and Storage
There’s 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that’s expandable to 64GB via microSD for the Redmi 1S. The Moto G has 1GB of RAM and comes in 8 or 16GB models, but the storage isn’t expandable.

Camera set-up
The Redmi 1S has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video capture and also a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera. The Moto G has a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 720p video capture, along with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing snapper.

The Redmi 1S has a 2000 mAh battery while the Moto G has a non-removable 2070 mAh battery.

Both phones feature 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS, EDGE and microUSB 2.0.

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Operating System
The Redmi 1S runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean skinned with MIUI 5.0 while the Moto G benefits from the later Android 4.4 KitKat.

The Xiaomi phone measures 137mm x 69mm x 9.9mm and weighs 158g. The Motorola handset measures 129.9mm x 65.9mm x 11.6mm and weighs 143g.

The Redmi 1S has been officially priced for India at Rs. 6,999, although Flipkart currently lists it at Rs. 5,999. The price of the Moto G varies according to retailer but the 8GB model can be found at around Rs. 10,499 while the 16GB version is around Rs. 11,999.

You can see more about the Redmi 1S in our recent launch article on it for India. We have written many articles now about the Moto G, including comparisons with other smartphones and more that you can check out here. Obviously potential buyers will want to take into account the designs of the phones and other features offered, but looking at the specs alone is enlightening.

The Redmi 1S offers a faster processor, a larger display, expandable storage, a better camera arrangement, and the advantage of a removable battery. It’s also the slimmer of the two phones and by far the cheapest. The Moto G does have a higher storage option (at more cost), a slightly higher battery capacity, and a later version of Android. It’s also lighter than the Redmi 1S and has a display with slightly more ppi, although the difference is really negligible.

All things considered we’d have to say it’s hard to argue against the Redmi 1S given that the specs are on a par with the Moto G and in some cases beat them, as well as the fact that it has a considerably lower price tag. The Redmi 1S offers great value for money and although the Moto G still has a lot to offer at an affordable price, it looks as though the Redmi 1S will find plenty of willing buyers.

After taking into account all of the above we’d like to hear which of these two smartphones you’re most likely to buy? Will it be the Xiaomi Redmi 1S or the already established Moto G? Send your comments to let us know.


4 thoughts on “Redmi 1S vs Moto G India shootout”

  1. Noel Carson says:

    I am happy with the Moto G and would continue with that. Although the Redmi S offers good value for money, however, it can’t match the build quality and the software optimizations on the Moto G. I bet the Moto G with its 1.2 GHz could be on par or even beat the Redmi S game benchmarks like epic citadel

  2. Chand says:

    Its the same chip set on both the devices… But the moto G is a bit under clocked, keeping in mind that it helps with the longevity of the device. The build quality is solid on the moto G.. I haven’t seen any of the phones from Xiaomi but I doubt they’ll be able to top what Motorola has designed. That said, the Redmi 1S does cost about half of what the Moto costs, which makes a huge difference for the price sensitive buyer. If it were me, I’d keep a close eye on the redmi and all of its reviews for a while beforeaking a decision. Also, Motorola will be launching new models very soon, so I think it’ll be worth waiting it out.

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