Xiaomi's official e-commerce partner Flipkart will reportedly open a special window for Redmi 1S sale for select patrons of the company on Monday, a day before the official 2 September release date in India.
Flipkart's first service subscribers have been given an early access pass to purchase Xiaomi Redmi 1S at 2:00PM on 1 September. The company is offering only 2,000 units for Early Access pass holders on Monday's sale, while the remaining 38,000 units have been set aside for 2 September's flash sale.
Flipkart will reportedly inform the 2,000 lucky subscribers - through emails - about their eligibility for early access. Once the device is added to the cart, subscribers will have time till 11:59 PM on 3 September, to pay the full amount for the smartphone, reported BGR India.
[Note: Registration for 'Early Access' pass for Flipkart First subscribers closed at 2:00 PM, 30th August. However, other buyers can try their luck in the normal flash sale, which is scheduled to kick-off at 2:00 PM 2 September. Interested people can apply on Flipkart now (click here). This registration window closes at 23:59 PM 1 September.]
As of now, more than 100,000 users have applied for Redmi 1S sale but it has to be noted that getting registered on Flipkart does not guarantee a device. The company is following first-come, first served policy. So make sure you are quick enough to press the 'buy' button as soon as the countdown strikes zero.
If Xiaomi Mi3 sales reports are any guide, expect the same virtual stampede on both days of Redmi 1S flash sales. Some angry Xiaomi fans are sure to vent their anger on the supply-demand ratio on social media platforms.
In order to make things smoother for Redmi 1S sale in India, the company has temporarily suspended Mi3 sales in the country. However, the company's silence over Mi3's return date has further infuriated fans [Read full report here].
Key specifications of Xiaomi Mi3, Redmi 1S:
|Models||Xiaomi Mi3||Xiaomi Redmi 1S|
|Display||5.0-inch full HD(1920x1080p) IPS LCD screenPixel density: 441 ppi||4.7-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS LCD screen with Gorilla Glass 2 shieldPixel density: close to 312 ppi (pixels per inch)|
|OS||Android v4.3 Jelly Bean with custom MIUI||Android v4.3 Jelly Bean with custom MIUI|
|Processor||2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU with 1.6GHz CPU speed|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 305|
|Storage capacity||16GB/64GB||8GB, expandable up to 64GB|
|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 with auto-focus, LED flash, HDR,Front: 1.3-megapixel camera|
|Battery||3,050 mAh; (non-removable)||2000 mAh (Li-Polymer);|
|Network||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 (with LE, A2DP), micro-USB v2.0, GPRS/EDGE, microSD card slot,|
|Dimensions||144.0 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm||137.0 x 69.0 x 9.9 mm|
|Weight||146 g||158 g|
[Image credit: Xiaomi India]