Xiaomi Mi3
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In a surprise move, Xiaomi today (on 6 October) announced flash sale of Mi3 and Redmi 1S in India.

The company (via official Facebook page) has confirmed that 150,000 units of Redmi 1S and 25,000 units of Xiaomi Mi3 went on sale on Flipkart 8.00 am today.

Adding to buyers' delight, the company has let go off the registration process, which was mandatory in previous flash sales.

All 25,000 units of Xiaomi Mi3 has been automatically added to registered Xiaomi fans, who had tried buying the phone during the flash sales in July-August, but failed to buy one.  Users are advised to complete purchase transaction with-in two hours, failing which, the device will taken-off from the cart and given to other prospective consumers. Where as Redmi 1S can be purchased off the shelves with out any registration.

[Note: e-commerce site, Flipkart is using a new algorithm in the flash sale to inhibit illegal purchase of devices as it come to the notice of the company that some miscreants are selling the devices for exorbitant prices at online classified sites. The new software is said to be intuitive enough to automatically block select consumers, who use illegal means (like scripts or browser extensions) to purchase the device repeatedly and sell them for exorbitant prices at online classified websites.]

The response from the public has been overwhelming and the virtual stampede reportedly led the Flipkart server to crash. The website showed – "500: Internal Server Error" and the company is yet to fix the issue.

The website (via Twitter) has said the issue will be fixed soon.

Xiaomi Mi3, Redmi 1S Go on sale in India on 6 October; Huge Turnout Crashes Flipkart ServerFlipkart via Twitter

[Update: Flipkart has fixed the issue, but the Xiaomi Mi3 units have been sold out. The good news is that, the webpage is showing coming soon tag, and the Redmi 1S is still available for purchase]

Key specifications of Xiaomi Mi3 and 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
Price ₹13,999/- ₹5,999/-

[Image credit: Xiaomi India]