Xiaomi says it has 15 million in pre-orders for the Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi says it has 15 million in pre-orders for the Xiaomi Redmi Note
Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi sold 100,000 units of its Redmi Note in just 34 minutes back in late March. Xiaomi was using the technique known as "Hunger Marketing," in which a ridiculously small  number of units is put up for sale online, almost guaranteeing a headline producing sell out. The company has two different models of the Redmi Note. The unit priced at 999 Yuan ($161 USD) features an octa-core 1.7GHz MT6592 CPU under the hood, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage. That version not only racked up the quick 100,000 in sales, it also scored an impressive 28,000 on AnTuTu. The 799 Yuan version ($130 USD) has an octa-core 1.4 GHz MT6592 CPU under the hood, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage.

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. 

source: BusinessInsider

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Redmi Note
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh



1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Wish I could just place an order with OnePlus instead of having to play social networking games.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, I know, huh? In 2-3 it will probably be available to all, and then I have to decide on that, Nexus 6, or Note 4...or something else

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This is true. The next few months are going to be very interesting for phones -- LG G3, Note 4, possible Nexus 6, S5 Prime, One M8 Prime, OnePlus One, additional Chinese phones, etc. Even though it is more than I want to spend, I'm also looking at the Oppo Find 7. It seems like a nice mix of things. Ideally, I'd like some of the ColorOS features added to Cyanogen for the OPO. Maybe one day :)

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

122 million Pre orders!!!....... you drunk xiaomi??

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