Xiaomi Redmi 1S is all set to go on sale today on Flipkart. Over 2,50,000 users have registered for the 40,000 units that are up for grabs at 2PM. Xiaomi has slashed Rs 1,000 from the Redmi 1S’ launch price and it will be available today for Rs 5,999.
The Redmi 1S features a 4.7-inch HD 720p display, 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot, and a 2,000mAh battery. On the software front, the smartphone runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean wrapped under Xiaomi’s MIUI.
Flipkart recommends all the registered customers to stay online at least two hours before the commencement of the sale to increase their chances of buying the handset.
Xiaomi has also suspended the sales of the Xiaomi Mi 3 in the wake of the Redmi 1S launch. While the phone hasn’t been discontinued, Xiaomi won’t be selling any more Mi 3 units at the moment and instead focus on selling the Redmi 1S. The Mi 3 was wiped out in a matter of seconds in the six flash sales that were conducted by Flipkart and Xiaomi.
The number of Redmi 1S units that will go on sale is also bigger than any batch of the Xiaomi Mi 3 that was made available across six sales. Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra had said that the company would learn from the Mi 3 experience and not repeat it with the Redmi 1S. The company has taken the first step in rectifying those mistakes by making more units available in the first sale.
Xiaomi is giving out a complimentary screen protector and a SIM card adapter with today’s units. The devices are expected to be shipped to the lucky buyers within seven days. Only registered users will be able to participate in the sale. The second flash sale is to take place onSeptember 9 and registrations for that will open at 6PM today.