Xiaomi Redmi 1S will go on sale on Flipkart on September 2, with 40,000 units set to be available. But the e-commerce site’s Flipkart First subscribers will be able to buy the device a day early tomorrow at 2PM. Flipkart has however announced that only the first 2,000 registered subscribers will get access to the phone tomorrow.
Registrations for Flipkart First subscribers kicked off on August 26 and came to a close yesterday. Only the first 2,000 registered users will get “Early Access” to the device, which essentially means that the Redmi 1S will be automatically added to their carts at 2PM. Flipkart will inform these 2,000 subscribers via an email of their eligibility for early access. Once the device is added to the cart, the subscribers will have till 11:59PM on September 3 to pay for the smartphone. The rest of the subscribers, on the other hand, will be able to buy the smartphone till stocks last on Tuesday.
With more than 100,000 users registered for 40,000 Redmi 1S units, a lot of buyers are again likely to be left frustrated. If the Xiaomi Mi 3 sales experience is anything to go by, the sale on Tuesday too is expected to be over in a matter of seconds. Xiaomi’s Mi 3 sales on Flipkart lasted 40 minutes, five seconds, two seconds, 2.4 seconds, 2.3 seconds, and 2.4 seconds respectively.
To recap on the specifications, the Redmi 1S features a 4.7-inch 720p display, and is powered by a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. Also featured are 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.
The smartphone was earlier announced for Rs 6,999, but Xiaomi recently slashed Rs 1,000 from the launch price and the smartphone will now retail at Rs 5,999. The company has also announced a range of accessories that will go on sale next week. They include screen protectors in shiny and matte finishes for Rs 179, a back cover for Rs 469, and a flip cover for Rs 559.
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