According to multiple reports, BGR India has exclusively learned that Xiaomi will launch its first two smartphones in India sometime between mid-July and early-August. Rather than setting up its own online retail store, Xiaomi has tied up with popular Indian e-commerce company Flipkart, which will exclusively sell Xiaomi’s products in India.
Unlike Flipkart’s deal with Motorola, where it was importing Motorola smartphones on its own, Xiaomi India will import the devices and use Flipkart for retailing them. The first handsets to reach the country will be the Redmi and Mi3.
Both smartphones have scripted big success stories in China. The Redmi was the first phone from the company to retail internationally, offering premium features at an affordable cost. The Mi 3 is the company’s flagship is amongst the few handsets to come with a Tegra 4 processor.
The mid-range Redmi packs a 4.7-inch HD IPS display, 1.5GHz quad core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 8MP rear camera. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with the MIUI V5 UI skinned over it. On the other hand, the Mi3 is a high-end smartphone which sports a 5-inch FHD screen and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SOC.
Reports had been circulating for long about Xiamoi’s foray into the highly competitive India market after Hugo Barra’s trip to the country. The month of June also saw the company setup a dedicated page on its newly launched website at www.mi.com/in. BGR India notes that it would be interesting to see how Xiaomi keeps up with the demand that it would face immediately after launch.
Its devices are already sold out in the countries that it is already present in. With its supply chain already stretched thin, it is expected that Xiaomi will launch with limited stocks and then enforce a waiting period till stocks replenish.
Nevertheless, if you’re an Indian user then it surely is a time to rejoice. Isn’t it?