Judging by the response received by the Mi 3, Xiaomi was quick to ramp up its production units to churn out more units of the Redmi 1S for the Indian market. In its fourth sale, 60,000 units of the Redmi 1S sold out in a matter of just 5.2 seconds in the country.
When we tested the Redmi 1S some months back, the smartphone did feel like a device worthy of a price tag higher than its then price of US$130. However, in a surprise move, Xiaomi announced the Redmi 1S for just 5,999 INR or $99 in India, and we all know what followed.
The phone comes with a 4.7-inch 720p screen, 1GB RAM and a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC. That’s what enables Xiaomi to call it a Moto G killer, at less than the cost of a Moto E.
We don’t know for certain how many more such flash sales Xiaomi will have in the country. The Chinese OEM is also looking to announce the Redmi Note (which, by the way, has an upgrade in tow) in India soon; we could thus be looking at the last few rounds of the Redmi 1S sale.
In related news, Xiaomi also announced that buyers of the Mi 3 that brought the phone from Flipkart will be eligible for a free micro SIM adapter. This is because unlike many smartphones of today, the Mi 3 still works with regular aka mini SIM cards.