The latter will arrive later this quarter (or possibly early Q2), but the first batch of Mi Notes was made available in China this week in one of Xiaomi’s traditional “flash sales”, and – predictably – sold out within minutes.
Xiaomi is no stranger to flash sales, where it puts limited quantities of phones up for sale online and typically sells out in – as the name suggests – a flash.
Back in 2013 we heard that Xiaomi had shifted a whopping 200,000 phones in three minutes, though Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has previously imposed fines for Xiaomi misleading customers with “hunger sale” tactics.
Still! That hasn’t stopped Xiaomi going flash sale crazy with the just-announced Mi Note, selling an undisclosed number of units in crazy fast time. The sale started at midday and was closed by 12.03pm.
Those who didn’t manage to grab a Xiaomi Mi Note from this first batch will get another chance next week, on February 3.
Xiaomi Mi Note specs include a 5.7in 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear Sony camera with Philips 2-tone flash, 4MP front camera, “Hi-Fi audio system” with 24-bit/192KHz lossless playback support, dual 4G SIM compatibility, and a 3,000mAh battery with QuickCharge 2.0.
Alas, Xiaomi’s international guy, Hugo Barra, has said it’ll be “a few years” before phones like the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro arrive in the west.