On Tuesday, December 2, Xiaomi sold 50,000 units of Redmi Note phablet priced Rs.8,999 in 6 second, creating a first of its kind to kick off its third in series of devices since July this year.
The flash sale on Flipkart transferred Rs.4.5 crore in six seconds, which would take weeks for any similar product to sell in the market. But more than specs, the positive reviews about the Redmi Note have been overwhelming, besides its low budget range for a country like India after its successful debut in Taiwan and Indonesia.
The reviews have highlighted not merely the price factor but also comapred it with other similar tablets in the market to make it a real iPad Mini 3 killer. Another Chinese smartphone OnePlus One just released on the same day, however, keeps distant with its price tag of Rs.21,999.
Some of those who wanted to make a quick buck, have posted on social media offering the device they just got in the first 6 seconds or a day before when Flipkart sold them as special invitees.
One ad on eBay with a screenshot confirming he/she was allotted the Xiaomi Redmi Note, offered it to anybody who can pay him a thousand more.
The cameras of 13MP and 5MP give another high-range slot for the device and the images are better in normal lighting conditions, though fringes high-range visible light has been captured by some.
The selfie front camera, if clicked in bright sun light do give shades of light but better light management can give clearer pictures. With a 3100mAh battery, that can be replaced unlike other smartphones that come with fixed battery pack, is another advantage with it. The usage of the battery for over 6 hours is another positive feature underscored by any reviewers.
Otherwise, Redmi Note’s 5.5-inch 1280 x 720p touchscreen with IPS technology still gives blurred visibility in the corners but it is not over-emphasized either.
Xiaomi Redmi Note SPECS:
- 1.7GHz octa core Cortex A7 MediaTek processor
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean w/ MIUI V5 software
- 5.5-inch 1280 x 720p IPS touchscreen
- Dual SIM card slots
- 2GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 32GB expandability
- 13MP camera, 5MP front-facing lens
- HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG connectivity
- 3100mAh battery
- 154mm x 78.7mm x 9.45mm size
- 199gm weight