Xiaomi to push digital smartphone sales in India starting with the Mi 4s and Mi 5
The recently announced Xiaomi Mi 4s and Mi 5 are both expected to be hot sellers from the Chinese manufacturer. As reported earlier, there is an increasing demand for Xiaomi devices and the manufacturer has been improving its production logistics to keep up with demand. Nonetheless, Xiaomi still missed its 80 million sales target for the 2015 calendar year.
Xiaomi will be expanding into the booming e-commerce industry in India starting 2016. Online retailers such as Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, and Snapdeal are flourishing in the country and Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra has been going out of his way to publicly promote partnerships between them and the smartphone maker. The premiere of the Redmi Note 3, for example, was hosted by Barra himself at a press reveal.
According to President of Xiaomi Bin Lin, India holds potential in terms of growth prospects as 30 percent of smartphones sold are done online with the trend expected to increase over time. Barra will be pushing sales of the Note 3, Mi 4s, and Mi 5 in the region as they become widely available.
The 5-inch 1080p Mi 4s will carry a Snapdragon 808 SoC with 3 GB RAM, MIUI 7.0, 3260 mAh battery, and USB Type-C while the more powerful 5.2-inch 1080p Mi 5 will carry a Snapdragon 820 SoC with 3 to 4 GB RAM (depending on the SKU), MIUI 7.0, 3000 mAh battery, and USB Type-C. Perhaps more notably, however, is that the Mi 4s will support MicroSD cards while the larger Mi 5 will not.