Looking for a Redmi Note 4 successor? This could be it. After it was speculated that Xiaomi might drop its Redmi “Note” moniker, it appears that the Redmi Note 5 device could be announced tomorrow on Valentine’s Day. The big reveal is happening in India and it has been a year since the current Redmi Note 4 for international markets was launched.
India is undoubtedly Xiaomi’s biggest market outside of China. During India’s festive sale held this week, the Chinese smartphone maker had sold more than 1 million phones in just two days. If you do the math, that’s more than 300 smartphones sold every minute for 48 hours straight.
Xiaomi will be launching a new dual-camera smartphone in India very soon and there’s a big chance that this could be the international variant of the Mi 5X. To refresh your memory, the Mi 5X is Xiaomi’s mid-range device that comes with a similar dual-camera setup as the Mi 6.
Xiaomi could possibly be delivering a 32GB model of the Mi 4i, based on their Facebook and Twitter teasers in India. The message is vague by saying “move 4 to double” but the outline of the image clearly shows a shaded outline of a “3” and many will jump to the conclusion that the match sticks that make up the 6 can easily be rearranged to a “2”.
UPDATE: Turns out that this is price drop for its Mi 4 (not to be confused with Mi 4i) in India.
Out of a blue Xiaomi will be making an announcement in India at 12PM tomorrow (2.30PM Malaysia) and it gets a teaser showing a pair of pants being dropped on the floor. While it looks like someone doing a number 2 in the loo, it could be a price slash of an existing product.
We are guessing that this could be a price revision for its current smart phones like the Redmi Note 4G, Redmi 2, Mi 4 or even the latest Mi 4i. It might be a long shot, but this could be a price slash of the Mi 4i to make it even more competitive against other sub-RM800 smart phones. Alternatively they might be dropping a new product like the Mi Note but that makes the image above very inappropriate for a teaser.
Now the fast rising Chinese brand has gotten a boost with Mr. Ratan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons investing into Xiaomi. Details of the investment isn’t known at the moment but on the surface, it looks like Xiaomi is now well grounded with a prominent local backer. There have been talks of Xiaomi making its smart phones in India and the new investment could be a stepping stone for them start production by 2016. With its large population, Xiaomi could be developing new products just to cater for the Indian market.
UPDATE: The full 80 minute Mi 4i launch video added after the break.
Xiaomi has announced its new mid-ranger Mi 4i and it is coming to Malaysia next month for under RM800. It packs a 5″ Full HD display that’s optimised for our sunny weather and it runs on a newer 2nd generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor with 2GB RAM. While it looks like a notch below the Mi 4, it boasts dual-SIMs with 4G LTE and a bigger 3,120mAh battery, yet it manages to be thinner and lighter at the same time.
If you struggled to view the live stream yesterday, we’ve got you covered. Watch the key highlights of the Mi 4i Launch event under 15 minutes after the break.
A few days back, Xiaomi had ran into a roadblock where it had gotten banned from importing and selling its smart phones in India over a patent dispute. Finally they managed to get the green light to resume sales but only if it uses Qualcomm’s processors. Apparently the root cause of this patent dispute lies on MediaTek units which allegedly infringed Ericsson patents on 3G, EDGE and AMR technologies. Xiaomi has managed to obtained an exemption for selected models as Qualcomm has licensing agreements with Ericsson.
This prompts Xiaomi to reintroduce the Redmi 1S that offers Dual-SIM 3G with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Since the dual-sim 3G Redmi Note is affected, Xiaomi India will try to introduce its newer Redmi Note 4G (single SIM) that uses Qualcomm instead of MediaTek’s processor. India is a huge market for Xiaomi and they aim to sell 100,000 units each week.
India is a huge market for Xiaomi where it has sold over 800,000 smart phones since its arrival in July. Before the year is out, the aggressive Chinese brand was slapped by a court order to cease imports and sales of its smart phones until February 2015. This is due to Ericsson’s allegation that Xiaomi has infringed 8 of its patents on 3G, EDGE and AMR technologies.
Xiaomi and its online retail partner Flipkart were ordered to provide details of its revenues made so far. If the court’s outcome goes in favour for Ericsson, Xiaomi might possibly follow MicroMax’s predicament of paying 1% of its retail price royalty.
To date, Xiaomi has been doing quite well with its Mi 3 and Redmi 1S handset and they have already captured more than 1% market share in India. Unlike in Malaysia where 5,000 to 8,000 smart phones take a few minutes to sold out, Xiaomi India enjoys having tens of thousands being snapped up in just a matter of seconds. Most recently they had sold out 75,000 units of its Redmi Note in just 8 seconds. As result, Xiaomi had to move stocks from other markets just to fulfil the huge demand.
The Xiaomi online sale in India is done via a third party site called Flipkart and it certainly raises a few questions on the legitimacy of Xiaomi’s gone in a flash sales performance. As comparison in other countries, Xiaomi sells their products directly at their Mi Store while in the Philippines, they are partnering with Lazada where it offers one of the best fulfilment with same day delivery.
Before its initial flash sale in India last week, FlipKart had open pre-registration for the Mi 3 and it claimed to have over 100,000 users registered. During sales day, the servers were plagued with issues and those who had taken the effort to pre-register were merely given a chance to join in the queue and not guaranteed a unit.
To make matters worse, they didn’t reveal specific sales figures in the last 2 sales which adds to the frustration of potential buyers. Some were suggesting that only 5,000 units were available during each sales. That’s very little for the 2nd biggest country in the world. In the last sale on Tuesday in India, Xiaomi claims to have insanely sold out their Mi 3 in just 5 seconds. You can watch the video of their Mi 3 page that goes out of stock in just matter of seconds after the break.