Xiaomi's official e-commerce partner Flipkart is reportedly opening a special Redmi Note flash sale window for select patrons of the company before the official 2 December release date.
Flipkart's select lucky First subscribers numbering 5,000 have been given an early access pass to purchase Xiaomi Redmi Note at 2pm on 1 December.
Registration for Early Access for Flipkart First subscribers got closed at 2pm on 29 November. The first 5,000 subscribers to register will get to buy in Early Access on 1 December.
Whereas the other unlucky Flipkart First subscribers can still try their luck on 2 December flash sale; To make themselves eligible for Tuesday sale, they have to get registered on Flipkart (HERE). The registration window closes at 11:59pm on 1 December.
Like the Redmi 1S flash sale on 1 September, Flipkart is likely inform the lucky First subscribers through an email of their eligibility for early access on special Redmi Note flash sale on 1 December. Once the device is added to the cart, the subscribers will be given a limited time-frame to pay the full amount for the device.
[Note: By subscribing to Flipkart First, users get exclusive benefits like - orders delivered within a day's time with unlimited access to In-a-Day Guarantee Delivery. Standard delivery is also free, with no minimum purchase price.
In case, a user wants the order delivered the very same day, they will get access to Same-Day Guarantee Delivery at a discounted price of ₹70 per item. As a Flipkart First subscriber, users get early access to new products and shopping events.
Flipkart First subscribers will get exclusive offers, which are not available to other shoppers on the website. Flipkart First subscribers will get also top offers, every month on FLIPKART FIRST DAY exclusive for them.]
Though Redmi Note is a bit late to arrive in India, it is still popular among tech-savvy youth as the upcoming Xiaomi phablet is power-packed with high-end features and yet its price is very low compared to other rivals in the market.
To provide some perspective on the new Xiaomi Redmi Note we have listed key aspects, which users can use to decide whether the Xiaomi phablet is worth the money.
Five Key Salient Features of Xiaomi Redmi Note:
Snapdragon 400/MediaTek Tru Octa-core CPU:
With the sub-₹10,000 price-tag , Redmi Note 4G model comes with Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU and is aptly backed by 2GB RAM. There is no other 4G-based phablet in the market, which can boast these specifications albeit Xolo LT900, a smaller 4.3-inch smartphone, which is priced around ₹11,000 bucks at online stores.
For ₹1000 bucks less, people can also buy 3G model, which runs on the 1.7GHz MediaTek's (MTK MT6592) Tru Octa-core processor, wherein all eight cores can work in unison to perform multiple operations smoothly and still be able to have a long battery life. It comes coupled with Mali-450MP4 graphics engine and sumptuous 2GB RAM, which is enough to run power-hungry games on the phablet with less lag.
Android OS with MIUI:
The Xiaomi flagship phablet Redmi Note ships with the outdated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS and yet it does not attract a lot of complaints, thanks to its intuitive and visually appealing custom interface MIUI. It gives a feel of operating the device under a hybrid OS version of Apple iOS and Google Android and like a cherry on top, Xiaomi offers some cool custom apps and this has been the true driver of MIUI's popularity among tech aficionados.
Regular OS updates:
Though Redmi Note runs on the old Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS version out-of-the-box, it is believed to get the latest Lollipop update soon. The company released Android 5.0 update to its Mi-2 series smartphone just days after the Google's official announcement, much ahead of Nexus devices. Even the former flagship model Mi3 is also slated to get the new update soon. So, one can expect the Chinese firm to show same concern to the flagship phablet Redmi Note as well.
That's not all; Xiaomi is a bit pro-active in listening to consumers concerns; it takes feedback and if the company finds an issue to be worthy enough, it will release stability or any software patch to immediately address any bug related problem. Recently the company found itself under fire from media over the user data safety issue, it released an update making MIUI Cloud message storage optional.
Xiaomi Redmi Note boasts of 13mp camera with LED flash, 28 mm lens F/2.2 aperture and value added features such as Zero shutter lag, face recognition, high dynamic range (HDR), real-time filters for enhanced photography experience.
And on the front, it houses a decent 5mp camera, which is likely to impress selfie-aficionados.
Emerging market like India is very sensitive to the price, and Xiaomi, like in China, has successfully cashed in on this issue compared to its rival, giving domestic players like Micromax, Karbonn Mobiles a run for the their money.
We can see results on how fast the weekly Flipkart flash sale gets over in just a few seconds. Redmi Note models - 3G and 4G- have been priced just ₹8,999 and ₹9,999 respectively. Going by the specifications of the Xiaomi phablet it's a smart buy.
[Note: Xiaomi, in collaboration with home-grown network carrier Airtel, is slated to release 4G-based Redmi Note in select cities (around 15) across India for ₹9,999 little later in December.]
Key Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note:
|Models||Xiaomi Redmi Note|
|Display||5.5-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS LCD screenPixel density: close to 267 ppi (pixels per inch)|
|OS||Android v4.2 Jelly Bean with custom MIUI|
|Processor||3G model: MediaTek (MTK MT6592) Octa-core processor with 1.7GHz CPU speed4G model: 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU|
|GPU||3G model: Mali-450MP44G model: Adreno 305|
|Storage capacity||8GB, expandable up to 32GB|
|Camera||Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash, HDRFront: 5.0-megapixel camera|
|Battery||3100 mAh (Li-Ion Polymer);Internet usage time: up to 14 hours (3G) & 38 hours (2G)Standby time: close to 775 hoursMusic playback time: up to 60 hours|
|Network||2G/3G & 4G (optional model)|
|Add-ons||Dual-SIM slots (WCDMA:3G & GSM: 2G), Bluetooth v4.0 (with LE, A2DP), micro-USB v2.0 (OTG), GPRS/EDGE, microSD card slot,|
|Dimensions||154.0 x 78.7 x 9.5 mm|
|Price||3G Model: ₹8,999/-4G model: ₹9,999/-|