Xiaomi sells out 100,000 Mi-3 phones in just 86 seconds

Xiaomi sells out 100,000 Mi-3 phones in just 86 seconds
We've talked before about how popular Xiaomi is in China. In just a couple of years, the company has gone from being a startup to being the 5th largest smartphone manufacturer in China; and, given how much room there is left to grow in China, Xiaomi won't be slowing down as it sets its sights internationally. All of this can be easily seen in the first round of sales for Xiaomi's new Mi-3 smartphone.

The first set of 100,000 Mi-3 handsets were put up for sale on Xiaomi's website at 12:00PM today. Just a bit after 12:01PM, all 100,000 handsets were gone. That's right, it took just 86 seconds for the first batch to sell out. That is actually 4 seconds faster than how long it took Xiaomi to sell the first 100,000 units of its low-end Hongmi when it went on sale back in August. Although, there is concern that scalpers may have bought many of the devices and not end-users themselves.

The Mi-3 is Xiaomi's high-end smartphone and it comes packed with either a Tegra 4 or Snapdragon 800 chipset (the Sina Weibo post makes it look like today's sales were the Tegra 4 model), a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, and Android 4.2.1. It comes in two storage sizes, the 16GB model sells for CNY1999 ($327), while the 64GB version costs just CNY2499 ($410). 

source: @XiaomiShouji (Sina Weibo) via The Next Web

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Mi-3
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 3050 mAh

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36 Comments

1. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

Because its cheap af

3. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

You know all about that don't you Heisnberg.

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

A cheap price with premium specs, of course it will sell like hot cakes. Xiaomi should sell this worldwide.

17. taikucing unregistered

and beautiful UI too

21. Shubham412302

Posts: 550; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

it is going to sell worldwide..

27. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Bring the 64 gig version to T-Mobile and my search for a new phone would be ended.

28. zennacko unregistered

With all the drama involving Huawei and ZTE, I can't wait until "somebody who knows things" start flaming Xiaomi as well. This phone is very good and cheap indeed (not for me though, I hate phablets > 4.5 inches), but let's see how open the european and north american markets will be to "another evil chinese brand which is trying to compete against NSA with high-profile 24/7 surveillance but they're 'evil-er' because they're chinese, so they won't hand over the data to us even with a classified warrant"

30. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Don't be so naive. It's a chinese brand, but that doesn't mean that they will spy you and steal your data or whatever it is. I don't think Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi is an evil chinese brand, Huawei is one of the largest telecommunication equipment company, so is ZTE. And if you didn't know, former Google vice president Hugo Barra joined Xiaomi as a vice president for Xiaomi.

32. qiangshengchen

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

i argee with you i form china and english so bad

35. zennacko unregistered

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Former-CIA-chief-has-seen-hard-evidence-of-Huawei-spying-on-behalf-of-China_id45500 For the 'Murica. I for one own a Huawei phone (when I'm on Brazil, it's the kind of crap the carriers give to their customers around here.) But what the former agent said just stirs up some suspicion towards all China phones (as if the suspicion against all other kinds of products you find on your local dollar store weren't enough) and, let's be honest, americans can get picky with things quite easily.

4. tttony

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 22, 2012

No LTE, no buy

14. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

A Snapdragon 800 version is coming, probably sometime in November. It'll have LTE and it'll work in the West just fine ;)

5. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Great specs for a cheap price. But its gotta supports international bands. For US, I think it has the possibility of running HSPA+ for carriers like AT&T. T-Mobile might be out of the question cuz of AWS technology.

15. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

It has a Snapdragon 800, how come AWS is left out? Have your seen the supported bands in the Sony Z1, Z Ultra with the same chipset?

25. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Sony Z1 for US is gonna have HSPA+, no LTE cuz no carrier has picked it up yet. It got announced yesterday. Personally, I wouldn't compare Sony and this Xiaomi. Sure it has nearly the same specs, but I find quality better on Sony's end. Also the Ultra has different models. I have a Sony Xperia Z C6603 model from Hong Kong. Here in US, it runs HSPA+ on AT&T and only 2G on T-Mobile. The difference is the AWS that T-Mobile runs...runs on like 1700 and 2100 was it?

33. Ronny666

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

just because it is called "Xiaomi" does not mean it has lower quality than Sony.

34. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Not you again. I swear ur just a hater. Here I'll put out my opinion, call it bias if you will. Why would this company sell this phone for just $410 with good specs like that. To me its a knock off, a low quality product which just appeals to the masses because of the specs. I'm doubting that it would last long at all. So that is why I said I would find better quality in companies like Apple, Sony, and Nokia.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

All unlocked phones work for T-Mobile lol.

26. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Thanks for pointing out the obvious. Im sure we all know that. I was discussing on the matter of 4G LTE and 3G network coverage.

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Which isn't a problem anymore. ;)

36. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Care to elaborate. How is it not? Did they change something?

6. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I would totally buy one :3

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

It has 16 & 64GB versions, but no 32GB version? That's odd. Mistake?

8. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

No worse than Google with the Nexus 4 @ 8GB or 16GB

22. Shubham412302

Posts: 550; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

thats not a mistake. they took polls on miui.com for storage sizes and most of the votes were for 16 &32 gb version

10. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

Premium specs at that price is a killer feature!

11. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

If all the flagship phones were sold at this price than i would buy all! htc one=show off the look samsung s4=show those airview gimmick to frens sony z1=throw in the pool and bragged about the waterproof iphone=give it to my skinny girlfriend.

12. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

If all the flagship phones were sold at this price than i would buy all! htc one=show off the look samsung s4=show those airview gimmick to frens sony z1=throw in the pool and bragged about the waterproof iphone=give it to my skinny girlfriend. Lol!

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Avery nice phone but these phones should be future proof in terms of after sales service and software / android updates.

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