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[Updated] Xiaomi Launches 3 Phones: Mi3 @13999, RedMi Note @ 9999 Red Mi1S @6999

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Updated: So as expected, Xiaomi India has officially annuounced the launch of 3 smartphones, the flagship Mi 3, the large screen RedMi Note and the budget Red Mi1S. The list is slightly different than what we had expected from Xiaomi. We thought Mi TV and  Mi Tab may be announced, but thats not the case. Initially, Xiaomi want to bring in smartphones and then probably move on to TV and tablets.

The biggest surprise was the pricing of the phone. The Mi 3 which was expected to be priced at Rs. 14,999 has been priced even lesser at Rs. 13,999! The 5.5″ inch RedMi Note is priced at Rs. 9999 and Red Mi1S is priced at Rs.6,999!

As far as the actual availability goes – The Mi3 will go on sale from July 22, while the RedMi Note and RedMi 1s will be available “shortly”.

Here is the spec Comparison tablet that shows the main difference between the 3 phones.

Comparison of Redmi Note, Mi3 and Redmi 1S
Comparison of Redmi Note, Mi3 and Redmi 1S

Earlier…

So, we guess everyone (atleast all the gadget-holics) knows by now that tomorrow (July 15th) Xiaomi will be launching their super value for money mobile, The MI 3, in India. It will be exclusively launched on Flipkart and from the looks of it, seems it will even surpass the sales benchmark set by Moto phones!

However, new reports suggest that the company will not limit itself to just launching their flagship Smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi3, in the Indian market. The Xiaomi Mi3, as we already know, is the one killer Rs. 15,000 Smartphone that puts every other device in its category, including the ones that are priced twice as high, to utter shame.

But, it looks like Xiaomi won’t stop there. The Chinese company, led by Hugo Barra of Google, has plans to launch their entire portfolio in India [source]. This means we could soon get to buy a super-cheap Xiaomi RedMi Note for a sub-Rs. 10,000 price tag. Such a device would essentially slaughter every 5-inch+ Smartphone in its range, including offerings from the likes of Micromax, Xolo, Karbonn and other Indian players.

The Xiaomi RedMi Note sports a 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS display, is powered by a 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, comes with 2 GB of RAM, an 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera, and a large 3,100 mAh battery.

With such a device in the market, who would opt for a Micromax Canvas or a Xolo Q series handset?

Not me! We have already gone in-depth with why it doesn’t matter which Chinese or Indian brand you go for at this market segment, the quality of customer support and the lack of service centers is common to all brands.

So, you might as well get the best bang for buck with you limited budget, eh?

That’s not all (there’s more? YES!) Reports also suggest that Xiaomi will announce the Mi TV in India, at a press conference scheduled for July 15th in New Delhi. Mi TV was originally launched in China last September and offers a 47-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, Miracast, DLNA and runs Android OS.

Essentially, it is a giant TV that also packs a powerful Qualcomm processor and offers the world of apps and games available on the Google Play Store, all in your living room. Fantastic? Hell yeah! And it only gets better when you find out that the Mi TV just costs $640, meaning it could sell for under Rs. 40,000 in India.

There are also reports that their MiPad tablet, which set record of sorts in China by selling 50,000 units in under 4 minutes may be part of their launch in India. The Xiaomi MiPad powerhouse is the very first tablet to pack the Tegra K1 processor under the hood, clocked at 2.2GHz and paired with NVIDIA 192 Kepler graphics and 2GB of RAM. The tablet offers a 7.9-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 at a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi) and comes with either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage capacity.

Why do I have a feeling that I’m about to replace the gadgets in my house with Xiaomi’s cheaper yet better alternatives? It’s okay, we are allowed to dream.

But, but, but, it’s not all rosy. Xiaomi traditionally earns from offering its own software suites in China. The same won’t be possible with the Indian market as all Xiaomi products will come pre-installed with Google Play Store. Of course, as you can imagine, none of us are going to pay a damn thing for apps or games (here’s hoping that some people do).

Another major concern, no matter how many times you (and I) downplay it, is after-sales. At the end of the day, you need to know who’s head you can eat when something goes wrong with your new gadget.

Could Flipkart, with whom Xiaomi has tied up as the chief distributor, also help out the emerging Chinese company with after-sales?

First things first, Xiaomi will have to ensure it meets the demand for its products in India, because it is going to be HUGE.

  1. Dhiraj says

    Redmi 4 G is single sim phone

  2. Raghavendra H S says

    My question is mainly looking for Xiomi service centers in Bangalore only two places are available, Any chances to increase the service centres?

    Mi3 mobile purchase through only online ( Flipkart) ? or any mobile centers like Sangeetha, poorvika also we can purchase ? please confirm.

  3. Amit Kumar gupta says

    pls… inform me to new update version of red mi 1 s, notepad, or any other mi product , as soon as possible

  4. ilaya nissi says

    Ms office software work aaguma???

  5. ravi kumar says

    I bought a mi 3 and now I am facing some unnatural problems with it and now I am looking for a service center but I couldn’t find it…..please help me

  6. Mandar Mahatre says

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  7. Aditya Nath Jha says

    Just awesome, it’s phenomenal. My next smartphone is surely gonna be the MI3, and Lord look at that TV. I would kill for such a TV.
    47 inches!! ;_;

  8. ajay says

    USD $640(china RMB 3999) INR 38786/- is the price for recently launched MiTV2(launch in July 2014) .a 49” TV with 4K display. more advance processor than 47 ” MiTV (launched in 2013).

    47”MiTV launched with USD $486 price tag( china RMB 2999) INR 29,000/-
    well for us even 47” MiTV is too good… :) im gonna buy it

    1 more interesting thing….Xioami launched mobiles lot less than current market price in India.
    Mi3 was launched with USD$ 419( INR 25,000)and launched in India at INR 14,000.

    Think if they gonna do the same with MiTV.. :) 18000- 20,000Rs for 47 ” HD-3D TV.
    wooooooooooo

  9. aditya avhad says

    Will there be Google apps like framework, play store and services on the redmi note??

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Yes, from what I know Google Play store is available on Mi 3. Other Google service can be installed externally if needed..

  10. Siddharth Vyas says

    Redmi Note Camera features : 13MP rear facing camera and 5MP front facing camera.
    Source link : http://www.mi.com/in/note

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Thanks Siddharth – I have corrected it. I thought it was 2mp just like Mi 3 :)

  11. Siddharth Vyas says

    Any idea, What is the expected price of “MiPad tablet” ??

  12. Saurabh Shah says

    Well said at last about who we should go for if anything goes wrong, which makes me wonder to go for any product or not. Becasue they have nothing specific that what they are going to offer for support. And by the time I read when they launch tomorrow I guess all MI 3 products would have been sold out. This is just for the people who are really concern about the support becasue we are seeing all those Micromax , Karbon etc are failing more of the time and people starts complaining about it and months go by but you still have not your product back in hand, in that case was it worth spending money into it ? Hoping it will not be the same case with Xiaomi as China has more population than India and they can send some good technicians into India haha !

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Well said Saurab – I second your opinion completely!

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