Xiaomi experienced unexpected success with its ex-flagship, i.e., the Mi 3 when it launched the device for the Indian market this July. All sales, besides the very first (when Flipkart servers experienced a crash), managed to last less than just 5 seconds.
Xiaomi quickly learnt from its mistakes, and roped in additional units of the Redmi 1S for following sales and put Mi 3 sales on hold. It wasn’t clear if the Mi 3 would ever be made available again, but fortunately for hopefuls, it will. At an ongoing event in Bengaluru, India, Xiaomi announced that the Mi 3 would be available yet again for its consumers in India.
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It’ll be around the festival of Diwali when the device will be available for purchase. There’s no clear word on how many units will be on sale, but Xiaomi did say that it’ll be in ‘limited numbers’.
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Pricing is expected to be the same at 13,999 INR or US$230, as is the retail partner (Flipkart). Another e-retailer did list a couple of Xiaomi phones, but it isn’t clear how official it is. While you wait for the Mi 3 to be available, you might want to check out our review of the smartphone.
What other countries would you like to see the Mi 3 in at that super-lucrative cost of US$230?
indicates mi4 is a no go for diwali in India
exactly what i was going to type ! seems apparent
I think Mi3 is a better Value for money proposition than Mi4 as reports suggest Mi4 will cost 22k but still cant help feeling that Xiaomi are missing out on the festive season. If they had launched Mi4 it would have seen a lot of demand irrespective of price. Wonder what One Plus are doing, there were some reports going around that they might launch in September itself but probably thats not going to happen anymore.
As per Reuters – “International Vice President Hugo Barra said the company is now making provision to sell 100,000 phones a week in October, when India celebrates the festival of Diwali.”
Hard to say if that will be just Mi3 and 1s or they add the Note as they initially intended.