Hugo Barra and Bin Lin to launch Xiaomi Mi3 in India exclusively on Flipkart for Rs.14,999

[Update]

Xiaomi is launching its phone Mi3 exclusively on Flipkart tomorrow.

It’s rumoured that Xiaomi might also launch its other smartphones the RedMi 1s, RedMi Note and probably even the Mi TV tomorrow. It’s a new emerging trend for foreign manufacturers to launch their smartphones on Flipkart exclusively, previously Motorola and Asus have done the same.

Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, Xiaomi India has launched few theme which are available now on MIUI Theme Store exclusively for Indian users.

Its going to be a huge launch tomorrow.

[Launch Article]

For the last 15 days, everyone has been hearing about secret launch of Xiaomi India.

Today, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has officially kickstarted its India operations with the announcement of its flagship handset – Xiaomi Mi3.

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Few months back, Hugo Bara had tweeted the appointment of Manu Kumar Jain as the Head of Operations in India for Xiaomi. Jain, who quit Jabong earlier this year, is the first hire by Xiaomi to help establish a base in the country.

Xiaomi is launching Mi3 in the mid-range segment with a superb pricing at Rs.14999. The phone would be available for order from July 15th.

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For the launch in India, Bin Lin, Co-Founder and President of Xiaomi and Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi would be present for the event along with Manu Kumar Jain. Presence of  Bin Lin and Hugo Barra confirms the commitment of Xiaomi towards Indian market.

Also the phone is supposedly launching in India along with Google PlayStore app.

The price and phone specifications put this phone in direction competition with the flagship phones of Sony, Google, LG, etc. These include products like the Google Nexus 5, the LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1, Moto X, Nexus 5 etc

Xiaomi Mi3 specs in nutshell:Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 2.55.55 pm

  • 5 inch display
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 13 MP primary camera
  • 2 MP front facing camera
  • Google Android v4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 3050 mAh battery

Xiaomi is aggressively expanding its market with launch in India. Xiaomi sold off 5000 Redmi Note phones within 42 seconds of launch. Expect another huge record when they launch their phones for sales in India on July 15th.

Xiaomi sold about 7.2 million smartphones in 2012, while the number increased to 18.7 million smartphones in 2013. Xiaomi has plans to sell 40 million handsets in 2014, more than double the number it sold in 2013.

India is a very competitive smartphone market with smartphone shipment of 17.59 million smartphones expected this year.

Along with this phone launch, Xiaomi is also launching power banks in India. This hints at possible release of other phone accessories too.

But its unclear where one could buy these phones from, there are rumours that Xiaomi India would launch the phone on Flipkart.

Will you buy this phone?


Subodh Kolhe