Xiaomi Mi3
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Popular Chinese smartphone maker is all geared up to go for the fifth Xiaomi Mi3 flash sale in India on 19 August.

The company has confirmed via official Facebook page that the Tuesday's Xiaomi Mi3 flash sale will have 20,000 units up for grabs at Flipkart 2:00 pm noon and it has received more than 75,000 registrations from prospective consumers.

So far Xiaomi has reportedly sold close to 55,000 units in previous four flash sales, spanning over four weeks. Except 22 July sale, other three flash sale reportedly got over in few seconds.[Read full report, here & here]

Though the company was ecstatic about the overwhelming response from the public, many fans were disappointed over the limited availability of stocks and now Tuesday's sale is expected to have a repetition of virtual stampede.

And add to that, users have to register at the online store, Flipkart, to make themselves eligible to purchase Xiaomi Mi 3, with no guarantee that they can get their hands on the device.

[Note: Even the registered users who could not buy the Xiaomi Mi3 on 12 August has to re-apply for the upcoming flash sale; registration window closes tonight at 12:00 am, 19 August; Interested buyers, click here.]

Rival Asus too has joined the race to announce that the company will be selling 20,000 units of the popular Zenfone 5 series smartphones on Monday, 18 August at Flipkart for ₹10,000 with 10 percent cash-back offer to State Bank of India account holders.

Asus has has reportedly sold to close to 40,000 units in four days and is expected to reach 1,00,000 sales (all Zenfone series including 4, 5 and 6) soon, reported The Indian Express citing Peter Chang, Regional Head for South Asia & Country Manager for ASUS India.

Unlike Xiaomi, Asus has not introduced any registration process as such to buy the Zenfone 5; any consumer can just go to Flipkart and purchase the device directly. [Interested buyers, click here]

For the uninitiated, Zenfone 5 sports a 5.0-inch HD (1,280x720p) IPS display and is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom CPU, backed by Android v4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to v4.4 KitKat) OS, sumptuous 2GB RAM, and 8GB inbuilt storage (expandable up to 64GB).

On the other hand, Xiaomi Mi3 costs ₹13,999 and boasts of 5.0-inch full HD display, 2.3GHz Snapdragon CPU, Android v4.4.2 KitKat (with custom MIUI), full HD display (440 ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3 shield, Aluminum-Magnesium alloy frame and many more feature-rich specifications.

Key specifications of Xiaomi Mi3:

Model Xiaomi Mi3 Asus Zenfone 5
Display 5.0-inch full HD(1920x1080p) IPS Retina display based LCD screenPixel density: 441 ppi 5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS screen with Gorilla Glass 3 shield
OS Android v4.4 KitKat optimized with MIUI version 5 Android v4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to v4.4 KitKat)
Processor 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core CPU with Adreno 330 GPU 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom CPU(with Intel Hyper threading technology)
Storage capacity 16GB 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(boasts PixelMaster camera with features such as Selfie Mode and Depth of Field Mode, Low Light Mode and Time Rewind to enhance photography)Front: 2.0-megapixel camera
Battery 3,050 mAh; (non-removable) 2110 mAh;Talk time up to 18 hours (3G)Standby time: close to 353 hours (3G)
Network 2G & 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 (EDR, A2DP),Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), A-GPS, GLONASS integrated with Google Maps, USB, microSD card slot
Dimensions 144.0 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm 148.2 x 72.8 x 10.34 mm
Weight 146 g 145 g
Price ₹13,999 ₹10,000/-

[Image Credit: Xiaomi India]