tech2 News StaffSep 09, 2014 14:31:29 IST
Today was the second round of the Xiaomi Redmi 1s sale, but all of the 40,000 units that were put up were sold in 4.5 seconds - a wink longer than the first sale that lasted only 4.3 seconds. Not to mention, many have been left empty-handed yet again.
— Biswajit Nayak (@imbisuu) September 9, 2014
The frenzy that lasted for no more than a minute had both disappointing and success stories. Some, who did manage to get the phone to their carts, could not check out successfully. However, resellers still seem to be the luckier ones, who are offering the same phone at higher prices.
— Vishal Toshiwal (@Vishal_kt) September 9, 2014
Redmi 1s is a budget phone priced at Rs 5,999, and the company is betting big on its success. And seeing that the first batch is now sold out, we can safely say that Xiaomi’s Flipkart exclusivity is working to a certain extent. However, a lot of tweets about people unable to buy the phone have started showing up, which points to another backlash against the two companies.
Flipkart has not yet announced whether the phone will back on shelves next Tuesday, but it’s likely that Xiaomi will continue its drip sales approach.
In July, Xiaomi had announced that the Redmi 1s will be sold at Rs 6,999 for the Indian market. However, the price has been dropped to 5,999 to further intensify the competition in the budget mobile segment in India. Despite the affordable price tag, the Redmi 1s comes with high-end specifications such a jaw-dropping quad-core 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228 processor, 1GB RAM and an Adreno 305 GPU.
The Redmi 1S sports a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display. It comes with 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot that further expands it up to 64GB. It is fuelled by a 2000mAh battery and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Xiaomi’s MIUI layer on top. There’s an 8MP rear shooter and a 1.6MP front camera. Compared to smartphones in the similar price range, the Redmi 1S sports a larger and sharper 312 ppi display, thanks to the HD resolution. In terms of processing speed, it should offer a tad better performance than the Moto E and Asus Zenfone 4. Here’s our full review of the Redmi 1s.
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