India was Xiaomi’s first overseas market and the country continues to remain the second biggest source of revenue for the Chinese tech company two years after it announced its entry into the market with the Mi 3. The company recently launched the Mi 5 and the Redmi Note 3 (Qualcomm version) in India, both of which have been well-received by the tech media as well as the paying public in the country. However, one persistent complaint against Xiaomi is its use of the ‘flash sale’ methodology that requires mandatory registration before would-be buyers even get a chance to buy any of its products. With neither the Mi 5 nor the Redmi Note 3 being exceptions to the rule, users have been venting their frustrations and dismay on social media at not getting a chance to buy what are arguably the most bang-for-buck smartphones in their respective categories right now from a reputable vendor.
However, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for all those who’ve been wanting to get their hands on the devices, as the Chinese smartphone major is now holding an open sale on its own India-specific website, which would allow people to buy its latest smartphones without having to register beforehand. The sale will start at 2:00 PM on the 27th of this month and prices will remain exactly the same as on Amazon, which happens to have the exclusive rights to retail Xiaomi’s latest smartphones in the country. While the Mi 5 with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage will be available for Rs. 24,999 ($375), both versions of the Redmi Note 3 will be available for the open sale next Wednesday. The 2GB RAM / 16 GB storage model of the mid-range phablet will carry a price-tag of just Rs. 9,999 ($150), while the 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage variant will cost Rs. 2,000 ($30) extra.
Xiaomi will also reportedly put up a number of accessories for sale on that day, including the 20,000 mAh version of the Mi Power Bank, which will be available for Rs. 1,699 ($25). The company is also offering its Mi Protect insurance plan that promises free repairs in case of liquid damage, accidental drops and even getting run over by vehicles. While the insurance plan for the Mi 5 will cost just Rs. 675 ($10), the Mi Protect for the Redmi Note 3 will cost an insanely low Rs. 375 ($5.50).