For the sixth time, Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi is set to host a flash sale for its Mi 3 smartphone. Just like last time, 20,000 units will be available today on Flipkart and more than 200,000 users who have registered on Flipkart will try their luck on grabbing the Rs 13,999 device. Also Read - Official Xiaomi Redmi 1S back cover and screen protector now available on Flipkart, priced at Rs 469 and Rs 179 respectivelyAlso Read - BlackBerry doesn't consider Xiaomi and Obi as competitors: John Chen
The sale is to begin at 2:00PM and if we go by history, the units will disappear in a matter of seconds. Flipkart suggests that you remain online at least two to three hours prior to the sale. At the stroke of two, you will need to quickly hit the buy button to reserve one unit for yourself. If you are lucky enough to get the smartphone in your shopping cart, you will then have until midnight tomorrow to pay for the smartphone. Also Read - Xiaomi Redmi 1S manages to keep Mi 3's tradition alive, goes out of stock in 4.2 seconds
The last sale that happened on August 19 saw the devices being sold out in mere 2.3 seconds. The Chinese company has, so far, managed to sell around 75,000 units on Flipkart.
Xiaomi s flash sale model has spawned a black market for the Mi 3 smartphone in India. It has also resulted in clever marketing gimmicks like this Chrome browser extension that claims it will add the phone to your cart as soon as it goes live on Flipkart s server.
Only those who registered after the close of the last sale on August 19 will be eligible to buy the Xiaomi Mi 3 in this sale. On its official Facebook page, the company has also announced Mi 3 accessories that are now available for pre-order. The accessories list includes flip covers in white, blue and black. Xiaomi has also put up a screen protector for pre-order on Flipkart. The flip covers are available for Rs 559 each, while the screen protector will cost Rs 179.