Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi, whose budget offering; the Redmi 1S is immensely popular in India will now ship the much expected flagship Redmi Note into the country.
A 4G-LTE compatible variant of Redmi Note is all set for launch in Singapore, on 18 November, which means that prospective buyers of the Redmi Note in India can look forward to laying their hands on the device by the end of November or during the first week of December.
Launch of Redmi Note in India has been confirmed by Xiaomi's own Hugo Barra, in an official Facebook post, and the latest news adds meat to an earlier report that hinted at a November launch for the flagship smartphone.
Xiaomi's Redmi Note, even before its release, has become an intense topic of discussion across media circles, considering the fact that its retail price tag (after release in India) is already confirmed to be an affordable Rs 9,999 (£103, $162).
Will Redmi Note outshine the mid-range Redmi 1S in India?
Currently, Xiaomi conducts online flash sales, to sell its entry-level Redmi 1S smartphones in India that are priced at Rs 5,999 (£60, $100). Most of these flash sales, are reported a sell-out (in the case of Redmi 1S smartphones) in less than 5 seconds as soon as sales begin.
However, Xiaomi seems to have stopped the habit of reporting sell-out sales starting from the last three that were held in India, via major e-commerce retailer Flipkart.
Do note that Xiaomi had intensively embraced reporting sell-out times, not so long ago.
The above predicament naturally gives off a feeling of whether the older Redmi 1S stocks are being repeated in subsequent flash sales.
Secondly, Xiaomi's flash sales have witnessed their own set of potential buyer frustration, most of the frustrated lot comprised of people not able to purchase a Redmi 1S device despite having registered early. This scenario was reportedly witnessed during multiple subsequent flash sales. So, an apparent dwindling of interest among buyers (of Redmi 1S) is only natural to anticipate at this point in time.
Also, with Xiaomi having recently phased out the Mi 3 smartphone from India, people looking at buying high-end smartphones, rather than entry-level devices, should consider that it is natural to wait for the flagship Redmi Note, rather than invest on buying a mid-range device.
Xiaomi's unreleased Redmi Note should attract with its expected Rs 9,999 pricing.
Therefore, let us know, if you would opt for the Rs 5,999 priced pure mid-ranger, or prefer to invest another Rs 5,000 (£52, $81) more on a premium high-ender that seems to be capable enough of giving the Apple iPhone 6 a run for its money.
Key hardware aspects of Xiaomi Redmi Note
- 5.5in IPS display
- 1.4GHz 8-core MediaTek 6592 processor
- Dual-SIM card support
- 13MP rear camera
- 5 MP front camera
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage
- MicroSD card slot for expansion of internal storage, up to 32GB
- 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and microUSB connectivity
- 3,200 mAh Li-Po battery
Xiaomi has opened registrations for people preferring to buy the entry-level Redmi IS, on Flipkart. Click here to navigate and register yourself on the e-commerce portal now.