It is this lower priced model that Xiaomi tweeted about on Thursday, when it accidentally reported that it had taken pre-orders for 122 million units of the Redmi Note. Obviously a mistake, Xiaomi said that the actual amount of pre-orders it captured for the Redmi Note was 15 million units. That still would be an amazing debut for Xiaomi's 5.5 inch phablet, considering that the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c together combined for 9 million units sold over the pairs' first weekend on sale. And that 15 million would also top the opening weekend sales of Samsung's hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S5.
But before you go ahead and crown the Xiaomi Redmi Note as one of the world's most popular handsets, keep in mind that Xiaomi's definition of what a pre-order is, might be a little more liberal than most companies. Xiaomi not only includes pre-orders that involve a paid reservation for the phone, but also includes people who signed up just to be notified when more information about the phone is available. No money changes hands on those pre-orders.
Since Xiaomi won't reveal the actual paid number of pre-orders, we can assume that it is lower than 15 million. In fact, it might just be a much lower figure. Still, it doesn't take away from your ability to purchase a true octa-core powered phablet, with a 5.5 inch screen and a 13MP rear snapper, for just $130.