LeTV Le 1s, the most in-demand phone in India currently, went out of stock within seconds on Flipkart after the second flash sale started.
UPDATE — Total number of units sold is 95,000 in the second sale, and the next sale will be held on Tuesday. Details here.
Hours before the sale, LeEco had said that the model had seen a total registered demand of around 9.2 lakh — the highest so far for any phone by a mile. The previous records have been in the 2 lakh range. At the time of the sale, total registrations crossed 1 mln.
The registrations have risen after word-of-mouth testimonies that the model was indeed a decent candidate for the crown of the most value for money smartphone in India right now.
In fact, the popularity of the phone is so high that people have developed special software (shell scripts) that can help you buy the phone in case you feel your fingers are not fast enough.
Though the camera is not as great as it could have been, the phone meets expectations in nearly every other way.
The display, performance and battery have earned users’ praise. The only major shortcoming, in terms of specifications, is the lack of Voice over LTE or VoLTE support. For more details, see our review.
The big question in front of everyone is how much demand can the Chinese company actually fulfill.
Xiaomi, which also started off by offering an ultra-cheap Mi3 phone, failed to meet the demand in India and ultimately stopped its flash sales for the model, leaving tens of thousands of people disappointed.
Meanwhile, the date for the next sale has not been announced yet, but it is likely to be next Tuesday. If the company does not announce how many units were sold today, it can be taken as an indication that it may not be able to meet full demand.