When most mobile phone-makers are finding it difficult to survive the cut-throat competition in the smartphone market, Xiaomi is facing supply problems. The Chinese technology giant's popular devices, the Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5, which went out of stock just minutes into their open sales last month, will be available for purchase again.
Xiaomi put up the Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5 on open sale last month after weeks of flash sales, but the handsets were sold out in a few minutes, consolidating the company's global VP Hugo Barra's claim that the devices were doing extremely well in India.
Now, Xiaomi's India head Manu Kumar Jain has announced via Twitter that the Redmi Note 3 would be available via open sale starting June 1 at 10 a.m. on the Mi website, Amazon India, Flipkart and Snapdeal. He said the Mi 5 would also be available on the same date and time but would be up for sale only on the Mi website. Registration is not required to buy both the devices.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is available in two models. The 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM model is priced Rs. 9,999, and the 32GB internal storage and 3GB RAM variant is Rs. 11,999. Both sport a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1,080x1,920 pixels (403 ppi pixel density), are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, and run Android 5.0.2 Lollipop-based MIUI 7.0. They also come with a 16MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture, a 5MP secondary camera with f/2.0, and a 4,000mAh battery.
On the other hand, Xiaomi's flagship device, the Mi 5, is available in three variants, but only the 32GB storage and 3GB RAM model, priced Rs. 24,999, is currently available in India. It sports a 5.15-inch full-HD screen with 1,920x1,080 pixel (428 ppi pixel density), features a fingerprint sensor and measures 144.6x69.2x7.3 mm in dimension.
Under the hood, the device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI v7.0, a 16MP Sony IMX298 main camera, a 4MP front-snapper with 2µm pixel size and a 3,000mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.