A few hours ago, Xiaomi unveiled the much awaited (and also heavily leaked) Mi4, priced from 1999 yuan (S$400). Oh, and a smartband that costs less than S$20.
So will its last generation flagship device Mi3 be phased out? Fortunately, it’ll remain on Xiaomi’s online store, according to its global vice president Hugo Barra. More importantly, Barra confirmed that the S$299 pricing, which was pegged as a summer sale price, will not be changed.
Make sense? Absolutely, especially for Singapore users. New and re-contracting subscribers to the three telcos here not only have to forego their 12GB data bundle, they’ll also have to pay a monthly subscription for 4G download speeds.
This makes the Mi3, a 3G-only Android device, and its under S$300 an attractive offer for those who wish to retain their 12GB data limit and can live without high speed access.
Of course, the Mi4 is a much more powerful device and its starting price here, which will be announced closer to the launch date, should be a mere bump from the Mi3’s rock bottom price.
Us? We’re very keen on getting our hands on the Mi4, seeing how we can’t live without 4G speeds. But for the
stingy budget-conscious bunch, don’t worry, the Mi3 is still available.
That is, if the new stock arrives and you can secure one before it sells out again.