The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is getting ready to go up for sale for the first time on March 20. Anyone who’s tried to bag a phone by the company through one of its flash sales knows that it can be impossible to grab hold of a unit.
Typically, the Xiaomi phone in question goes out of stock immediately after the sale goes live. This has naturally made a lot of customers angry, with many accusing the brand of keeping low stock so that the flash sale gets over quickly and it can advertise that fact as buyer enthusiasm.
Xiaomi appears to be doing something about this accusation. The brand’s Redmi India Twitter account recently shared that it was planning to bring 4 lakh units of the Redmi 5 in India for the device’s first sale. It claims this is the largest quantity of units it’s ever made available in a sale.
We’ll have to wait and see if this works out. Demand always outstrips supply when it comes to such flash sales and it can be a frustrating experience for many. There are some who take advantage of the situation to sell the smartphone at a premium, but there’s little Xiaomi can do about that.
A quick look at the specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi 5:
– Display: 5.7-inch 18:9, 720 x 1440 pixels
– OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9
– Camera: 12MP rear, 5MP front
– Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB, expandable
– RAM: 2GB/3GB/4GB
– Battery: 3300mAh
– CPU: Snapdragon 450
– GPU: Adreno 506
– Size: 151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7mm
– Weight: 157g
– Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0
The Redmi 5 is being sold via Amazon India and Xiaomi’s site at 12 pm on March 20. Prices start at Rs 7999 for the 2GB/16GB option, go up to Rs 8999 for the 3GB/32GB one, and finally end at Rs 10999 for the 4GB/64GB version.