The Chinese company has been at the receiving end of fans’ ire after failing miserably to fulfill fans’ expectations in recent times.
While 2015 was all about missed launches, 2016 has so far been more about lack of supplies.
After launching the much awaited Redmi Note 3, the company has not been able to supply even 1% of the demand for the product even after a month, irritating fans who have been waiting for months for an updated Note.
MI FAN FESTIVAL
The fan festival is the company’s attempt to rectify its relationship with its customers and fans, and involves the sale of the 32 GB version of Redmi Note 3, which has a demand in excess of a million, but actual sales of 2,000-4,000 in a month due to poor supplies.
That is about to change tomorrow, as Xiaomi has promised that three models — Redmi Note 3 (16 GB), Redmi Note 3 (32 GB) and Mi5 32 GB will be available without any prior registration.
Sales will happen at 11am, 2pm, and 5pm.
Xiaomi will also be offering a 20 Ah power bank for sale as well.
We expect both the Redmi Notes and Mi5 to see brisk demand and get sold out within seconds, despite a lot of fans feeling disappointed at the pricing of the Mi5. The Mi5, which was launched in China at around Rs 20,500, is offered in India at Rs 25,000 due to higher taxes.
If you are on the lookout for a 4G phone, remember that Reliance Jio will start offering its LYF branded phones by the end of the week with a huge amount of free data.
HOW TO BUY REDMI NOTE 3 – 32 GB
To participate in Fan Festival sale, you have to go to the Xiaomi India website and directly add the item you want into your cart.
All users who add a product to cart successfully, have 2 hours to place their orders and another 2 hours to pay for it.
Otherwise, the order will be cancelled automatically.
For Mi 5, you can add Mi Protect, which covers accidental damage, at ₹499. This offer is only available on 6th April.
For those who are getting Redmi Note 3, you can get the great deal of ₹50 OFF Redmi Note 3 cases only on 6th April if you buy it at the same time.
Please note that if you want to also try your luck at Amazon tomorrow, you MUST register for the sale today.
As part of the festival, Xiaomi will also introduce certain new products into India.
These are the 20,000mAh Mi Power Bank, Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro, Mi LED Light Enhanced and Mi USB Cables 120cm.
All of them will be on open sale from 8am.
Other offers on Xiaomi products on Mi Fan festival incudes a discount of Rs 200 when you buy Mi Band & Mi In-Ear Headphones together as a fitness bundle.
The offer is only valid when you add the bundle to cart, and not valid when you add both products to cart separately, the company added.
Another freebie is the Mi In-Ear Headphone Basic, which will be given to all users buying an Mi4i or Mi Pad on Mi Fan Festival.
The company is also planning a special mystery offer on 5th April.
It will also be conducting contests and games for coupons worth over Rs 7 crore, but only via the Mi Store App.
All coupons are only applicable on Mi accessories purchased via the Mi Store App. They will be valid for one day only, on 6th April, the company added.
Fans interested in getting more info can also call on their toll free number 1800 103 6286. You can get the Mi Store app via Google Play store.
To go to the product buying page for Redmi Note 3, click here.
To go to the product buying page for Mi5, click here.
Xiaomi will also provide information about the new offers and open sale via chat.
Meanwhile, LeTV has announced LeEco day on the following two days with the tagline ‘Super Offer Carnival’.