As expected, Xiaomi's official e-commerce partner, Flipkart witness virtual stampede at Tuesday's (19 August) Mi 3 flash sale with stock running out in a few seconds.
Xiaomi Mi3 units reportedly got sold out in 2.3 seconds and the Chinese company took to Facebook to boast its feat and thanked the fans for the overwhelming support.
However, for some Xiaomi fans, the frustration of not getting their hands on the Mi3 continued and they took to Twitter to troll the company.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions on Xiaomi Mi3 sale in India:
Xiaomi Mi3 is going out of stock on Flipkart faster than India's batting order during the last test match.— Hardik Rajgor (@Hardism) August 19, 2014
Last week, due to popular demand, Xiaomi had stocked 20,000 units for 12 August sale, 5,000 more than the previous one, but the smartphones flew off the shelves in just 2.4 seconds.
On Monday (18 August), rival Asus too joined the race to announce that the company would sell 20,000 units of the popular Zenfone 5 series smartphones at Flipkart for ₹10,000 with 10-percent cash-back offer to SBI (State Bank of India) account holders.
Due to high supply-demand gap in Mi3 sales, Asus Zenfone series smartphones have become competitive alternative for Xiaomi phone among Indians.
Asus reportedly sold to close to 40,000 units in four days and is expected to reach 1,00,000 sales (all Zenfone series including 4, 5 and 6) soon, reported The Indian Express citing Peter Chang, Regional Head for South Asia & Country Manager for ASUS India.
[Now, certain Asus Zenfone series colour variants' pages at Flipkart are showing 'Out of stocks' sign at the time of reporting]
On the other hand, Xiaomi has reportedly sold 75,000 units (including today's flash sale) since 22 July.
Flipkart will open the registration window for Xiaomi Mi3 26 August flash sale later today at 6 pm. [Note: Even the registered users who could not buy the Xiaomi Mi3 on 19 August have to re-apply for the upcoming flash sale; registration window closes on August 23:59 pm, 25 August; Interested buyers, click here.]
For the uninitiated, Zenfone 5 flaunts a 5.0-inch HD (1,280x720p) IPS display and packs 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom CPU, backed by Android v4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to v4.4 KitKat) OS, 2GB RAM, and 8GB/16GB inbuilt storage (expandable up to 64GB).
Whereas the Xiaomi Mi3 costs just ₹13,999 and boasts of 5.0-inch full HD display, 2.3GHz Snapdragon CPU, Android v4.4.2 KitKat (with custom MIUI), full HD display (440 ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3 shield, Aluminum-Magnesium alloy frame and many more feature-rich specifications.
MNC branded- Xiaomi Mi3, Asus Zenfone (4,5 & 6) series, Motorola Moto (X, G & E) series smartphones have become a force to reckon in India's highly competitive mid-segment handset market, which up until now was ruled by Samsung and popular domestic players like Micromax, Karbonn, Lava and others.
Key specifications of Xiaomi Mi3, Asus Zenfone 5 and Motorola Moto G:
|Model||Xiaomi Mi3||Asus Zenfone 5||Motorola Moto G|
|Display||5.0-inch full HD(1920x1080p) IPS Retina display based LCD screenPixel density: 441 ppi||5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS screen with Gorilla Glass 3 shield||4.5-inch HD (1270x720p) LCD screen with 329 ppi (pixels per inch), comes protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield.|
|OS||Android v4.4 KitKat optimized with MIUI version 5||Android v4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to v4.4 KitKat)||Android v4.4 KitKat (almost pure stock OS)|
|Processor||2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core CPU with Adreno 330 GPU||1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom CPU(with Intel Hyper threading technology)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core processor with 1.2GHz CPU speed|
|Storage capacity||16GB||8GB, expandable up to 64GB||8GB/16 GB variants ( no microSD card slot)|
|Camera||Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, dual-LED flash, HDRFront: 2.0-megapixel camera (with full HD video recording ability)||Main: 8.0-megapixel camera(boasts PixelMaster camera with features such as Selfie Mode and Depth of Field Mode, Low Light Mode and Time Rewind to enhance photography)Front: 2.0-megapixel camera||Main: 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flashFront: 1.3-megapixel camera|
|Battery||3,050 mAh; (non-removable)||2110 mAh;Talk time up to 18 hours (3G)Standby time: close to 353 hours (3G)||2,070 mAh|
|Network||2G & 3G||2G & 3G||2G & 3G|
|Add-ons||Mini-SIM, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), micro-USB v2.0, A-GPS, GLONASS||Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0 (EDR, A2DP),Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), A-GPS, GLONASS integrated with Google Maps, USB, microSD card slot||Dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n),Bluetooth v4.0, USB, NFC, GPS, water-proof coating|
|Dimensions||144.0 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm||148.2 x 72.8 x 10.34 mm||129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm|
|Weight||146 g||145 g||143 g|
|Price||16GB: ₹13,999||8GB: ₹10,000/- 16GB: 12,999/-||8GB: ₹12,499 & 16GB: ₹13,999|
[Image Credit: Xiaomi India]