Open sale of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 on the cards in India for 32 GB?

xiaomi-redmi-note3

Hit by a barrage of criticism and negativity from fans, Xiaomi has said it is planning “something special” for its next sale of Redmi Note 3, and that this sale will include the 32 GB version of the phone.

It also added that there will be no need for pre-registration to participate in this sale.

“No registration will be needed for the next Redmi Note 3 sale. Instead we’re gonna have something a little more special,” Xiaomi said. “Redmi Note 3 32GB will be available for the next sale.”

UPDATE — Xiaomi has announced more information about the sale. 

FOR DETAILS OF THE MEGA SALE, CLICK HERE

It had a couple of days ago, said the 32 GB version of Redmi Note 3 will be available in India in early April, but had not made any commitment as to when.

Though the date of the next sale has not been announced by Xiaomi, Amazon has announced that it will hold the next flash sale of the model on Apr 6 or next Wednesday.

Xiaomi has removed its registration page for buyer from its website as the next one does not require any registration. Amazon, however, has kept its page open, and also shows only the 16 GB version as available.

This could mean that there would be a flash sale on Amazon and an open sale of 32 GB variant of Redmi Note 3 on Mi.com.

It could also mean that the open sale will not happen on the same day as Amazon’s sale, which is on April 6. No clarity has been achieved on this topic right now.

There is also a possibility of the Mi5 being sold on the same day along with the 32 GB Note.

BAD PRESS

Xiaomi has had a very cordial relationship with the technology press in India, partly due to the endearing personality of Hugo Barra, its head for international business.

It is also very punctual in making its upcoming phones available for review by big technology blogs and websites, unlike some of its competitors.

However, the same cannot be said for its ‘fans’ and customers.

Irritated by repeated delays and a total lack of transparency from the company, they have been bombarding social media with negative comments about the company.

The mega open sale, if it happens, could be a response to the tremendous pressure exerted by people who have been trying to buy a Redmi Note 3 – 32 GB version for the last one month, but with little success.

It is estimated that fewer than 4,000 32 GB units have been sold while demand is for 5 to 8 lakh units. By the end of the first month, LeTV Le 1s — the RN3’s closest competitor — had sold 2 lakh units.

The open sale, if it turns out to be one, will be Redmi’s attempt to address the complaints and boost its sales figures in India.

Xiaomi has a history of showing such big bang gestures. In 2014, faced with tremendous demand for its phones, Xiaomi chartered a plane from China to India stuffed with an estimated 1 lakh Mi3 phones.

It could be chartering yet another plane for its Redmi Note 3 sale next week.

FLASH SALE TROUBLE

Xiaomi is the only phone brand in India that still relies on flash sales. Others like LeEco, Lenovo, Yu and OnePlus conduct open sales or queue-based sales.

Flash sales generate a huge amount of traffic on ecommerce websites like Flipkart and Amazon within a couple of minutes. This often leads to server crashes, both at the ecommerce company as well as on bank and card payment gateways.

Because of this, Flipkart and Amazon now allow people to ‘buy’ their phone with a single click at the time of the flash sale and then follow up with the payment later.

However, this has created another problem — of people ‘buying’ phones without any intention of buying it and driving genuine buyers away.

However, this has not been the problem with Redmi Note 3 as the quantity has been very modest — a drop in the ocean of demand.

But if Xiaomi is now getting serious about selling the model in India and ships in 1 lakh units for the next sale, it will have to take precautions to ensure that non-genuine buyers are kept at bay, and the ‘open sale’ could be a way to achieve that.

Lenovo has had great success with the open sale model for its K5 Plus handset, which sold 45,000 units on day 1 without crashing Flipkart’s servers despite it being an open sale.

FOR DETAILS OF XIAOMI SALE, CLICK HERE

Meanwhile, Reliance Jio will start aggressively selling its LYF branded handsets this week, offering free data to buyers.

According to JioMoney app screenshots, the company will offer 40 GB of starter data to anyone who buys their MiFi device, and also offer 200 GB of ‘network testing’ allowance, possibly free of charge — taking the total to 240 GB.
[socialpoll id=”2347199″]



Lenovo P2 priced at Rs 17,999 for 4 GB variant, higher than expected Lenovo's latest smartphone in India, the P2, has been launched at Rs 17,999 for the 4 GB version, which is about Rs 2,000 more than the expected price.A cheaper option, at Rs 16,999, will also be available on Flipkart, but will come with only 3 GB of RAM.The pricing makes the phone less value-for-money than many expected. However, the phone has s...
At Rs 18k, Lenovo P2 is no challenger for Redmi Note 4 Lenovo is all set to kick off the 14 nm revolution in India with the launch of its P2, the successor to the no-so-hot-selling P1.The P series phones are 'upper mid range' devices priced around Rs 16,000 -- or about 25% higher than the company's K series devices.While the K series looks primarily at affordability, the P series is a blend of style and ...
CoolPad Cool 1 to be launched in India on Wednesday, price 11k expected Coolpad and its parent LeEco will launch the much-anticipated mid-range smartphone Cool 1 in India on Wednesday at a starting price of around Rs 11,000.The phone was launched in Chine in late August, and the company has taken four months to make it available in its second biggest market.However, on the positive side, the India launches could sport ch...
HTC Desire 10 Pro launched in India at Rs 26,490 price HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone brand, has launched the 'pro' version of its Desire 10 phone in India at a price of Rs 26,490.The phone is available on preorder with some vendors.As expected, the new model is far from value for money, and is unlikely to be a big hit.The device comes with 4 GB of RAM and the MediaTek Helio P10 chipset.Built-...
Will OnePlus 3 from Flipkart get warranty support from manufacturer? OnePlus 3, arguably the most successful premium phone of 2016 in India, may not get warranty support from the manufacturer if purchased from Flipkart, going by a statement by the company.The company issued a statement that seemed to suggest that Flipkart's sale of the model is not authorized by the company."We have an exclusive partnership with A...
Flipkart to sell OnePlus 3 with huge discount; Company says not done! Flipkart, the homegrown ecommerce giant, has listed OnePlus 3 as one of the prominent mobile deals being offered under its 'Big Shopping Days' sale to be held from Saturday, Dec 17 onwards.It has also put up a 'coming soon' page for the sought-after smartphone model.However, OnePlus has an agreement with Amazon India that it will only sell its ph...
Why Lenovo K6 Note makes little sense vs K5 Lenovo has chosen to launch the K6 Note via the offline channel in India and will unveil the official price of the model on Wednesday.Though the model would have been priced around the Rs 12,000 mark via online sales channels, it is now likely to be priced higher at around Rs 14,000-15,000 because it is being sold through the offline channel.UPDA...
Lenovo issues VoLTE update for K5, Plus and Note with Reliance Jio support Three months after Reliance Jio started giving out free connections, Lenovo -- the biggest online smartphone brand in India -- has started pushing out VoLTE update to those who bought its last generation phones - the K5, and its Note and Plus variants.Out of these, at least some Note users have already got the OTA update as early as October this year, ...
WATCH LIVE: Lenovo K6 Power launch in India at 3 PM today Flipkart and Lenovo are launching their latest mid-range smartphone, the K6 Power, in India today at 3 PM.The live stream of the even is available on Youtube (see below).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URwYoUTiOmkIt remains to be seen what specifications of the K6 Power are introduced in India.Globally, it is available in 3G and 4GB version...
Lenovo to launch K6 Power in India: But Do We Care? Lenovo, the Chinese smartphone giant that heralded the smartphone revolution in India with its ultra-affordable models like A6000, is all set to release the latest of its K series models -- the K6 Power sometime early next week.Does the phone promise anything interesting? Should you hold off on your planned purchase till you get the full picture next wee...
Delhi-based Hyve offers Helio X20 phone at Rs 17,999 Hyve Mobility, a Delhi-based mobile start-up, said it launched its flagship deca-core smartphone ´Pryme´ in collaboration with MediaTek at a price of Rs 17,999.With this product launch, Hyve became the first Indian brand to introduce a smartphone powered by MediaTek’s flagship Helio X20 processor for consumers in India, said the company.The Helio X20...
Why Google Pixel smartphones make little sense at current prices Broadly, all brands can be divided into two types — mass brands and elite or premium brands.Mass brands are those used and preferred by ordinary people, while elite brands are confined to those who have very ‘refined’ tastes and for whom money is not usually a concern.Based on the above definition, Google is certainly a mass brand. It is the most use...
LeEco Le Max3 details leaked, comes with 3.9 Ah battery, SD 821 LeEco’s latest high-end handset, the Le Max3, has just passed certification in China and carries the model number Le X850.Much of the specifications of the phone are along expected lines and do not change radically from Le Max2, which is the cheapest Snapdragon 820-based phone in India. The model, which comes with a 5.7-inch quad-HD LCD display, is selli...
Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7.Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, ...
Reliance Jio offers free data, voice, SMS for Apple iPhone buyers for 1 year Reliance Jio and Apple today announced a freebie deal for those who purchase any of the recent iPhone models including iPhone7.Under the offer, every customer purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE at Reliance Digital and select Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers will get unlimited local, ...