Xiaomi's Global VP Hugo Barra has said that the company is ramping up the production of the Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5 to balance supply and demand for these handsets in India. Until then, the company will continue its open sales for both phones, which are selling out as quickly as flash sales. Xiaomi Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3 will be available once again on Wednesday, May 25, from the company's official website.
Both the handsets will be available without registrations from 2 p.m. until stocks last. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 16GB storage + 2GB RAM variant costs Rs. 9,999 and the 32GB storage + 3GB RAM model is priced at Rs. 11,999. Buyers can choose from three colour options, silver, dark grey and gold. Xiaomi Mi 5, which comes only in white colour variant with 32GB storage, can be bought for Rs. 24,999 from Mi.com/in.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is also available on Amazon India, but requires buyers to register first. The flash sale for both Redmi Note 3 variants begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, which is the same time as the open sale on the company's website.
If you are wondering why the demand for the smartphones, the answer holds in the specifications and features that are offered at their respective prices. The Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, a 16MP primary camera with PDAF, dual LED flash and a 5MP front-snapper. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset and a 4,050mAh battery. The handset also offers a fingerprint sensor, metallic finish unibody, 4G LTE, and VoLTE with dual SIM support.
Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 5.15-inch full-HD display, a 16MP rear-facing camera with PDAF, OIS and dual LED flash, and a 2µm (micro-meter) pixel-based 4MP front snapper. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, 3GB DDR4 RAM and 32GB onboard storage. There's also a 3,000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and a USB Type-C port.
The metallic Mi 5 smartphone comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back and supports dual SIMs, 4G LTE and VoLTE. Both smartphones run Android 5.1 Lollipop based MIUI 7.
Recently, Xiaomi also launched the Mi Max in China along with MIUI 8. While the availability of the same in India remains unknown, the company might announce something on those lines soon. The Chinese smartphone maker is also entering a new product category of quad-copters with the launch of its first Mi Drone. There is an event scheduled for May 25..