Following the success of the Mi 3 and Redmi 1S, Xiaomi is enjoying yet another record debut with their new Redmi Note phablet after managing to completely sell out the device in six seconds.
The Chinese smartphone maker placed 50,000 3G dual-SIM units on Flipkart Tuesday, using its popular flash sale technique where registered users could purchase the phablet starting at 2PM. It was not before listings on eBay and twitter started to surface from some lucky new Redmi Note owners who were willing to part with their highly coveted handset for a premium.
Of course the authenticities of these listings are questionable at best, but if you are looking to get your hands on a Redmi Note, a 4G model is reportedly coming in mid-December. The Indian market variant of the Redmi Note is equipped with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, MediaTek 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, and dual-SIM support – all powered by a 3100mAh battery. The 4G variant will be fitted with a Snapdragon 400 SoC.
With the Redmi Note, Xiaomi is bringing a big screen experience to budget minded users. Weighing in at just less than 200 grams, it is a bit heavier than other devices in its class and has a mainly plastic build measuring 154 x 78.7 x 9.5mm. The Note runs Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI operating system built on the somewhat dated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean platform.
For a budget phablet, the Redmi Note comes pretty well equipped with nice features like a 13MP rear camera, which is fitted with LED flash, auto focus, and is even capable of recording 1080p video @ 30fps. On the front you will find a 5MP shooter that will make for some great selfies and crystal clear video conferencing. You also get goodies like geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection and HDR.
There is plenty of room for apps with 8GB of onboard storage, and the microSD slot allows you to expand that to 32GB for your photos, videos, and files. Xiaomi even included support for sensors like an accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass. With specs like that and a price well under $200, the Redmi Note is a solid phablet built for those who want a big screen on a small budget.
— Hugo Barra (@hbarra) December 2, 2014