Xiaomi sells it's first batch of 100,000 WCDMA Red Rice (Hongmi) phones in 4 minutes

Xiaomi sells it's first batch of 100,000 WCDMA Red Rice (Hongmi) phones in 4 minutes
Chinese Xiaomi has been getting some air time lately, mostly thanks to the excellent price to quality ratio their smartphones offer. Starting with the Xiaomi Red Rice (Hongmi) a few months ago, the company started something of a craze in its homeland, due to the phone's satisfying specs sheet and and an affordable price tag of about $130. In exchange, you're getting a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589T chipset, a gig of RAM and an 8MP shooter. A deal most any would say yes to.

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

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Hongmi
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Battery 2000 mAh

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15 Comments

1. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I can't wait to see what Xiaomi will bring with Hugo Barra. Oppo has been achieving simiilar success so far too.

15. boardaaa

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 09, 2013

maybe you will like this one !! 1949deal

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

They need to go global.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Global? But U.S. government may start shouting about spying from China. Not first time. :D

4. Shubham412302

Posts: 546; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

they are going global. there is a poll started today on miui.com for the next country which will receive mi3

5. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

100k bombs in 4min

7. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I agree good sir.

6. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 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: 2324; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

9. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

+1 to you sir.

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

11. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 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: Mar 19, 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: Dec 09, 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: Sep 10, 2013

yes, 199$ with one original case and one protector

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