Xiaomi Hongmi sales start again on 27th August

If you didn’t manage to get your Xiaomi Hongmi (red rice) in the first batch then you may be happy to learn the 2nd round of sales will kick off next week.

There is a pretty good chance you haven’t already got your hands on a Xiaomi Hongmi aka Red Rice already as the phone is currently only available in China and the first batch of 100,000 units sold in a record 90 seconds!

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Still if you do have your eyes set on this budget phone with MIUI V5 then your next chance will be on August 27th when Xiaomi will release 50,000 Hongmi phones at 12:00 noon.

The Hongmi is the most affordable Xiaomi to date what’s more the 799 Yuan phone is also one of the largest Xiaomi phones available, the first to use a Meidatek chip, get dual-sim support and have an SD card slot! Top all this off with a Samsung 8 mega-pixel rear camera and the very user friendly and customisable MIUI V5 and it’s easy to see why the new Xiaomi is selling so well!

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  1. August 20, 2013

    Couple of weeks ago I read here that Xiaomi Red Rice does not support WCDMA.
    At aliexpress some sellers specify WCDMA. Some don’t!
    How come?!

    • Yorien
      August 21, 2013

      Seems there will be two Red Rice versions. The one being currently sold is the “chinese” version, with TD-SCDMA 3G, that only works with specific chinese carriers.

      An “international” version, with either WCDMA or HSDPA 3G (no info on this) has been announced, but there’s no release date or other info currently available.

  2. Manish
    August 20, 2013

    Where can i buy one ? Pls. share link for ourside china customers.

    • Maroxesen
      September 2, 2013

      There is a chinese version of ebay, there was a topic on gizchina forum about it. It is called Aliexpress.com. I have seen a few offers there. Like in ebay, be sure to buy from people with a lot of positive comments

      PS. I didn’t yet buy from this site. Don’t blame me if this site causes you problems.

  3. August 20, 2013

    yeah, it’s just preorders and with Xiaomi delivery ability you can expect to get it delivered some time in october/november

  4. Simon
    August 21, 2013

    Xiaomi announced a WCDMA version, which people in the UK will need, but who knows when that will be available, as they must be concentrating on the Mi3 and MiPad.

    Out of interest how big is the Xiaomi factory in Beijing ?

    • August 21, 2013

      They use Foxconn for the Mi2S and I think the Mi2A. Another company makes the Red Rice