By A Staff Writer
Xiaomi is gearing up for the flash sale of its third device Redmi Note, a phablet priced cheap at Rs.8,999 and another variant Redmi Note 4G priced Rs.9,999 from tomorrow, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 and this time its launchpad is not merely Flipkart but also about 100 Sirtel retail stores across the country.
However, Flipkart is offering its select 5,000 customers special privilege to buy it today itself. “Registration for Early Access for Flipkart First subscribers closes at 2pm, 29th Nov. The first 5000 Flipkart First subscribers to register get to buy in Early Access on 1st Dec. Flipkart First subscribers can still continue to register till 11.59pm, 1st Dec for the sale on 2nd Dec.,”said the offer page posting.
But pre-registration as was the case with its earlier two devices — Mi3 and Redmi 1S — is a must and the flash sale kicks off at 2:00 PM sharp. The device, already released in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian markets has been highly successful that it has sold over 100,000 Redmi 1S and Redmi Note phones in Indonesia alone so far.
Firstpost’s Tech2, which has put out a review of the device after testing it first hand said: “Ergonomically speaking the Redmi Note fits neatly into the palm of your hand and offers a sharp, smart design, albeit lacking that metallic edge that many buyers seem to favour these days.” However, it also means the device weighs slightly lesser than rivals at 199 grams.
Otherwise, the Redmi Note has been re-engineered to suit Indian buyers with 3G and 4G support and three themes tuned to Indians — Bollywood theme to suit North Indian and Hindi speaking belt, cricket theme with Sachin Tendulkar’s milestones and a general category theme for festivals and above all, Rajinikanth theme for Tamil fans of the Talaiwar.
In addition, Xiaomi’s India R&D engineers have made it suitable for both 4G bands — Band 3 and Band 40 — which are unique to India as few countries support two 4G spectrums these days. Many service providers provide both the bands in India.
Other positive features include in 4G, a smart text prediction technology Swiftkey 5.1, providing support for 13 Indian languages. In addition, features like automated festival features like Diwali greetings and other festival information is available pre-set in the phone.
Device security, smart home strategies, fitness monitors, power banks and other innovative features make the phone succeed but making it India-centric keeps it apart and significantly home-friendly in a country like India, where even Indian companies did not bother to insert such features vividly.
Flipkart, as usual is going its way to hype about giving its select 5,000 First Subscribers on 1 December an early access pass to purchase Xiaomi Redmi Note at 2pm on Monday, instead of waiting for another day, smacking the feudal and colonial mindset that persists with many still. However, customers are cautioned to read Flipkart Refund policy before making purchases as any device once sold is not easily returnable like it is in the American market.