Popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has opened the registration-free sale of flagship handset Mi4 in India on Thursday, 26 February.
The company (via Facebook) confirmed the news on the sidelines of Mi4 64GB registration service announcement for 3 March flash sale.
This move is probably a marketing strategy to fend off the aggressive competition stance taken by its Chinese peer OnePlus. Early this week, the company, in its bid to up the ante against Xiaomi, launched a much cheaper 16GB One model for ₹18,999 on 23 February, the very same day Mi4 16GB & 64GB models went on flash sale via Flipkart.
This move by Xiaomi will be warm heartedly welcomed by prospective buyers who will be more than happy to grab the elusive Mi4, which is really hard to get through the dubious flash sale mode.
With the announcement, Xiaomi will now have an upper hand over its rival OnePlus as people in order to buy the phone they have to register themselves in a contest conducted by the company on Facebook and official forums. If you are lucky, he/she will get an invite to become eligible to buy the phone on Amazon India.
Now, with the ball in court, will OnePlus announce the open sale of flagship smartphone One? Only time will tell.
Sans the screen size specifications, both the devices ― Xiaomi Mi4 and OnePlus One ― houses pretty much the same features.
Key Specifications of OnePlus One and Xiaomi Mi4:
|Models||OnePlus One||Xiaomi Mi4|
|OS||CyanogenMod v11S based Android KitKat v4.4 (new Oxygen OS series based on Android 5.0 Lollipop will be released in March)||Android v4.4.3 KitKat with MIUI v6.0|
|Processor||2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU||2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 330|
|RAM||578MHz 3GB LP-DDR3 RAM||3GB LP-DDR3|
|Battery||3100 mAh||3080 mAh (Li-Ion Polymer) with quick-charge 2.0 technology|
|Network||3G & 4G-LTE||2G & 3G|
|Add-ons||Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac, NFC 65T (software card emulation, payment methods and multi-tag support), internal GPS antenna + GLONASS, LED notification indicator, downward facing dual stereo speakers (JBL)||water-repellent nano-coating, IR-blaster, stainless steel frame, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac; dual-band: 2.4/5.0 GHz), Bluetooth v4.0, Bluetooth HID, and other standard connectivity features|
|Dimensions||152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm||139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm|
|Weight||162 g||149 g|