Xiaomi’s entry-level Redmi 1S will go on sale on September 2, and today the company revealed that 40,000 units of the smartphone will be available on Flipkart. The e-commerce site has also announced that its Flipkart First subscribers will be able to buy the smartphone a day early on September 1. Over 100,000 people have already registered for the sale. Pre-registration is mandatory to participate the sale and it will close at midnight of September 1.
The number of Redmi 1S units that will go on sale is 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.
Interestingly, Xiaomi 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.
To recap on the specifications, the Redmi 1S features 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.
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. Every unit of the Redmi 1S will also come with two free SIM-card trays.
Xiaomi has also slashed Rs 1,000 from the Redmi 1S’ launch price and it will be available on September 2 for Rs 5,999. If you haven’t yet, you can register for the Redmi 1S here to stand a chance of buying the smartphone on Tuesday.