Flipkart, Xiaomi's exclusive online retail partner, has announced that the flagship Mi 4, priced at Rs. 19,999, will be exclusively available on February 10 for the first 2,500 Flipkart First subscribers who register.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 will be automatically added to the cart of the first 2,500 Flipkart First customers who register for the handset's flash sale on February 10, and registrations kicked off at 6pm IST on Wednesday. The Mi 4 is also going on sale for general public on February 10 [Tuesday] at 2pm IST.
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Flipkart in an email to its Flipkart First subscribers titled 'Early Access to Mi 4', said, "With Early Access you can now purchase our most awaited launches like Mi 4 before anyone else. The first 2,500 Flipkart First subscribers who register to buy will get the Mi4 added to their cart automatically when it is launched." Notably, the interested Flipkart First subscribers who want early access to the Mi 4 have to register before February 2.
Previously, Flipkart use to offer a new Xiaomi handset "one day prior to its India launch"; though the e-commerce website is offering the Mi 4 to first 2,500 Flipkart First subscribers on the first flash sale day.
"All Flipkart First subscribers who get Early Access on the Mi4 will get an email from Flipkart to confirm their Early Access by February 4," the email from Flipkart added.
Earlier, Xiaomi Redmi Note and Redmi 1S went on sale to select Flipkart First subscribers 1 day prior to the India launch of the handsets.
Xiaomi on Wednesday launched its 2014 flagship in India at Rs. 19,999 for the 16GB model. The Chinese company also confirmed that the 64GB model will also be rolled out in the Indian market without revealing availability or pricing details. Unfortunately, Xiaomi has also not announced the number of units going on sale in the first flash sale.
Xiaomi India Head Manu Kumar Jain however revealed that the Mi 4 units between 25,000 and 40,000 can be expected to go on sale on February 10.
For specifications, the Mi 4 is definitely an upgrade from the predecessor Xiaomi Mi 3, as it is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz alongside 3GB of RAM. The Mi 4 features a 5-inch full-HD display (1080x1920 pixels) that uses a JDI OGS full lamination display. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on the Xiaomi Mi 4, with both sporting Sony's stacked CMOS sensors. The smartphone is backed by a 3080mAh Li-ion battery.