tech2 News StaffJan 02, 2015 10:35:53 IST
Bharti Airtel has teamed with Chinese phone maker Xiaomi to sell the 4G variant of the Redmi Note in six Indian cities. This is the first time that a Xiaomi smartphone will be officially retailing at physical stores in India.
On the New Year, the mobile service provider opened bookings for the Redmi Note 4G, which is priced at Rs 9,999. Airtel has its 4G services in 16 cities and will be offering the Redmi Note 4 across six cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi-NCR and Kolkata.
Similar to Xiaomi Tuesdays, where the company puts up a flash sale via online retailer Flipkart, Airtel plans to organize a 'Mi day' each week at select stores to allow customers to buy the device without having to book it online. Mi India fans can also book the Redmi Note online and select their preferred Airtel store and date for purchasing the device, Airtel said in a statement.
According to the company, its postpaid customers with at least 500MB 3G data pack activated on their connection can switch to Redmi Note. On the other hand, prepaid and customers without an Airtel connection will have to switch to the Airtel postpaid myPlan in order to purchase the Redmi Note 4G.
Those who buy the Redmi Note 4 will be given a 4G SIM. Existing Airtel 3G users can avail of 4G speeds at the same tariff plan and they will not have to switch to a new one for the Redmi Note. In cities where there's no Airtel 4G network, customers will be automatically upgraded to 4G whenever it is rolled out there.
The Redmi Note 4G sports a 5.5-inch HD IPS display and comes powered by 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 processor. Other specs include 8GB onboard storage, microSD card slot up to 32GB, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front shooter for selfies and 3100mAh battery. It runs Xiaomi’s customised MIUI OS, based on Android 4.2.
The Redmi Note, if you recall, is Xiaomi's blockbuster device. In a flash sale carried in July 2014 in Taiwan, 10,000 units reportedly sold within a second.
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