Xiaomi sells it's first batch of 100,000 WCDMA Red Rice (Hongmi) phones in 4 minutes
But, there's a problem, especially when international would-be buyers are involved. For starters, Xiaomi is keeping to its home market for the time being, and isn't offering its phones to the wider world. Those can only be had through resellers, at sometimes considerably higher prices.
Worse yet, the Xiaomi Red Rice initially launched with 3G support only for China's TD-SCDMA network, meaning no speedy internet access in Europe or the rest of the world. Luckily for international fans, however, Xiaomi finally made an WCDMA-compatible version of the phone just a few days ago, and the demand has been high enough that a whopping 100,000 units were snatched in just 4 minutes and 5 seconds, according to the manufacturer. Of course, these were all meant for China's only WCDMA telecom – China Unicom – but it's fair to say that a bunch of those will slip into unknown lands.
On the bright side, Xiaomi has since gotten Google's VP of Android product management, Hugo Barra, on board of the company, and the murmurs suggest that the company might be working on an international expansion. Looking at Xiaomi's flagship – the Mi3 – it's easy to see why one might be excited about the prospect of a wider availability.
source: CNET Asia
1. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I can't wait to see what Xiaomi will bring with Hugo Barra. Oppo has been achieving simiilar success so far too.
3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Global? But U.S. government may start shouting about spying from China. Not first time. :D
4. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
they are going global.
there is a poll started today on miui.com for the next country which will receive mi3
6. Miracles (Posts: 508; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Don't want this exploding in my face. I don't see why people buy these knock offs instead of puttin a few more bucks towards something that is quality stuff.
8. JMartin22 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
The price is phenomenal if you're on a budget. With that said, I won't be buying this phone or phones like it from this company. I am the type of person that likes to get the highest quality components. Not all camera modules, displays, software, and RAM sticks are created equal, just because it has a number tacked onto the spec sheet.
10. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
It will be eating everyone's lunch :)
11. jove39 (Posts: 1295; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Xiaomi should go global...we need oem who sell high-end phones at reasonable price...MIUI feels like mix of iOS and Android...I had this rom couple of years ago on my galaxy s...and liked it compared to then stock froyo/gingerbread roms.
12. fteoOpty64 (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
Well, put it this way, Xioami cannot afford poor quality handsets since one bad model will KILL the company. You are talking about a company (even though Chinese) operating in a country where its people are very vocal about consumer fairness especially towards companies. See some recent Apple complains in their media and Samsung complaints before. The affected companies quickly acted to fix the problems or else they will lose customers en-mass!. Also China is one country where its government is NOT controlled by Big Business unlike the US or UK!!!.
SO great deal on a great product. Pity you cannot get it elsewhere yet!.
13. boardaaa (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Dec 2013)
130usd,Impossible！！！you can go to googleshop. and aliexpress,and even the cheapest one --1949deal.198.99 usd with gift !!! 130usd is Impossible!!! my friend !!
14. smartphone1949deal (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
yes, 199$ with one original case and one protector