Flipkart crashes as Xiaomi Mi 3 India launch hits fever pitch

Xiaomi's bestselling Mi 3 got an overwhelming response in India as it went up on sale exclusively on Flipkart. However, this huge response led to crashing the e-store temporarily only minutes after the device was up for grabs. It showed the ‘503 error’ message that generally means large traffic on the site.


Flipkart tweeted an apology, and promised to fix the problem as soon as possible.



Priced at Rs 13,999 and with some great hardware in tow, the Mi 3  had scored a jaw-dropping 1,00,000 registrations even before the D day. The devices were swept off Flipkart’s virtual shelves by 12.40pm. Yes, within 40 minutes, the units ran out of stock.  The next sale of the Mi 3 on Flipkart will begin on July 29 at 12pm, and registrations for the same will begin a day in advance.


As we had pointed out earlier, the company could ruffle the feathers of many local as well as established international brands in India. Read our complete Mi 3 review, to know more about the device.


At just Rs 13,999, it packs a Snapdragon 800 SoC, which is by far the cheapest high-end phone available in the market. It will compete with the likes of the Nexus 5, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z at nearly half the price.


The quad-core processor has been being clocked at 2.3GHz and the chipset also has an Adreno 330 GPU. It includes 2GB of RAM, which is good enough to handle all those apps and services, running on the custom MIUI OS. Xiaomi has released some benchmarks claiming that the Mi 3 is faster than some devices from big brands such as the  Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.


Xiaomi will not disappoint when it comes to cameras too. It comes with a 13-megapixel rear snapper and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies. Besides, it features some other standard features such as dual LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide angle lens. Both camera support 1080p support for video recording. Xiaomi is also packing in a continuous shot feature to give users the option of taking 10 shots in a second.


Connectivity in the smartphone is taken care of with dual-band WiFi (with support for ac band) and NFC support. Despite the relatively slim form, the Mi-3 comes with a pretty impressive 3,050mAh battery.

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