We know Xiaomi Malaysia's online store officially starts business tomorrow, with the Mi3 and its power banks leading the charge. But the bigger news is that the more affordable Xiaomi Redmi 1S will be available from next month.
Pricing for the Redmi's successor hasn't been confirmed, but based on its 799 yuan pricing, it shouldn't exceed the RM500 range.
The Redmi 1S is a budget phone but its specs don't belong in the bargain bin: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 1.6Ghz, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, 4.7in screen at 1280×720 pixels, and a generous 2000mAh battery power the Android smartphone.
Though it'll be a while before the Redmi 1S is launched, the Mi3 is available from tomorrow. But with only 4000 units of the RM889 Android smartphone up for grabs, it'll probably be sold out the way they were sold out in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Also on sale will be its 10400mAh power bank for only RM36 which is insanely affordable. Unfortunately, only 5000 units will be available tomorrow.
The Xiaomi Note however has not been announced for Malaysia as yet though Xiaomi says it is 'trying' to make it available in the country.
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While it's nice for Xiaomi to be able to keep boasting about being sold out, knowing the demand there would be for the devices, why would they bring in so few units? Xiaomi could easily sell at least 10,000 of the Mi3 phones at the current pricing and perhaps twice that of the power bank.
You could perhaps say 'well-played' at all the buzz being generated but in the end, all that hype will come to naught if Xiaomi doesn't deliver on other fronts: support and device reliability. Xiaomi has however confirmed it has four service centres in the country with plans to add more next year.
But on the flip side, if Xiaomi can make phones this cheap with specs this good, the question remains - why can't other manufacturers?
READ MORE: Xiaomi Redmi review
[Source: Xiaomi Facebook]