Xiaomi debuts in India with the flagship Mi 3; Redmi Note and Redmi 1S to follow soon

Xiaomi, one of the leading mobile Internet companies in China, has finally forayed into the Indian market with a range of Mi smartphones and an exclusive partnership with Flipkart.


The first Mi smartphone that Xiaomi has launched in India is the Mi 3. Priced at ₹13,999, Mi 3 will go on sale on July 22 while the pre-registrations are now open at www.flipkart.com/Mi, and will continue till July 21 midnight.

Mi 3 is powered by Xiaomi’s Android-based platform – MIUI. MIUI is a live operating system constantly improving with frequent software updates, and offers a high degree of customisation.

“Mi 3 is the fastest Mi phone ever. We are very excited to offer one of the world’s most powerful smartphones in India at an incredibly affordable price point of INR 13,999. We hope Indian users will love MIUI, our super intuitive Android-based operating system.”

Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global

Xiaomi Mi 3

In addition, Xiaomi has also announced two other smartphones – the Redmi 1S and the Redmi Note – which will be launched over the next few weeks. The 4.7-inch Redmi 1S is priced at ₹6,999 while the 5.5-inch octa-core Redmi Note is priced at ₹9,999.

According to Manu Jain, India Operations Head for Xiaomi, the company is starting with 35+ service centers across top 20 cities along with a hotline that operates 7 days a week to ensure a robust after-sale service and a hassle-free customer experience. There are also two exclusive Mi service centers in Delhi and Bangalore.

Mi 3 Specifications

  • 5-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800AB processor
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
  • 3050 mAh internal battery

How to Order Mi 3 in India

  1. Head to Flipkart, and login using your account.
  2. Register for the sale on the Mi Store (www.flipkart.com/Mi)
  3. On July 22, buy the device. Note that only customers who register before July 22 will be able to purchase their Mi 3 on the sale day.

HTC launches the Mid-range Dual SIM Smartphone, HTC Desire 616, in India for ₹16,900

In a press conference in New Delhi today, HTC unveiled the new HTC Desire 616 dual-sim smartphone, the first HTC smartphone with an octa-core processor.


The latest addition to the HTC Desire family features a 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, with 8 cores activated simultaneously. The company claims that the Desire 616 is designed to offer the best gaming and entertainment experience in the category and can comfortably meet challenges like rendering videos, deliver fast, responsive web browsing, silky-smooth graphics while seamlessly switching between multiple apps.

The Desire 616 boasts of a 12.7 cm, HD display and features HTC BlinkFeed home screen which was first introduced with the HTC One. The phone allows you to automatically turn your pictures and video clips into a professional-looking show reel of your best moments. Both, the 2MP front camera and the 8MP rear camera, offer 1080p HD video recording capability.


“Everyone looks for a combination that offers exciting performance phone at a great value. HTC Desire 616 dual sim is that very phone. The newest member of our renowned HTC Desire range offers our first Octa-core processor, 8-cores of super-fast processing and premium features at a great price, offering users the best possible experience in the category.”

– Jack Yang, President, HTC, South Asia

HTC Desire 616 Specifications


The new HTC Desire 616 dual sim will be available in Dark Gray and Pearl White for ₹16,900 in India starting from next week.

HTC launches their new flagship smartphone, the HTC One (E8), in India for ₹34,900

In a press conference in New Delhi today, HTC unveiled their next flagship smartphone, the HTC One (E8).


HTC One (E8) is a distinctive take on HTC’s iconic flagship design, and features an elegant dual curve design that looks gorgeous and fits well in the palm of your hand. The E8 features a polycarbonate, unibody design available in a a vibrant range of colors. The 12.7 cm device boasts of a full HD, borderless display for a cleaner viewing experience.

The HTC One (E8) features a 5MP front-facing and 13MP rear-facing camera. The company claims that the dual front-facing speakers and the latest HTC BoomSound technology offers rich tones, powerful bass, and crystal-clear treble, combining to create a rounded, immersive sound.htc_one_e8

“The HTC One (M8) had set a new smartphone standard and now we’re taking it in another exciting direction. Combining style and substance, the HTC One (E8) represents the incredible experience people expect from a HTC One device with a look and feel that’s unlike anything else out there today. If you’re looking for the best flagship smartphone experience, but want to stand out from the crowd, this is the phone for you.”

– Jack Yang, President, HTC South Asia

HTC has also announced an innovative HTC Dot View case that displays notifications and interactions on a colorful dot-matrix effect. Combined with Motion Launch, you can check the latest information and receive calls without needing to uncover the screen. An on-board sensor hub underpins Motion Launch, enabling the HTC One (E8) to detect position and movement and allowing you to interact with the phone and perform popular functions without turning on the screen.

HTC One (E8) Specifications

The HTC One (E8) will be available in India from end of July for ₹34,900.

Micromax launches two Windows Phones in India, the Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092

Micromax, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in India, introduced its Canvas Win series with the launch of two Windows Phone devices – Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092. With this announcement, Micromax has become the first Indian smartphone player to launch a Windows Phone device.

micromax_canvas_win“I congratulate Micromax on the launch of their first Windows Phone today. The Micromax Canvas Win will be available both in India and other emerging markets. Our deep engagement with local OEMs is one of the engines of growth for Windows Phone and we are proud of our partnership with Micromax. With Micromax Canvas Win, Windows Phone is now available to a whole new group of consumers in India, who are looking for innovation and value.”
– Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India.

Powered by the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor, the Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092 are dual SIM smartphones. Both phones feature 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card.

The Canvas Win W121 sports a 5-inch HD IPS display, and features a fine leather-texture back cover. The phone packs in 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera, and includes a 2000 mAh battery. The Canvas Win W092 features a 4-inch IPS display and packs in a 1500 mAh battery. The phone sports a 5MP rear camera with flash and 0.3MP front camera.

The Canvas Win W121 is priced at INR 9,500 and the Canvas Win W092 is priced at INR 6,500. Both phones will be available across retail stores and online portals starting early July 2014.

Canvas Win W121 Specifications:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor with 1.2 GHz Quad Core CPU
  • 5-inch HD IPS display
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 8MP rear camera with flash; 2MP front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 1GB RAM; 8GB ROM
  • Up to 32GB expandable memory
  • Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Light Sensor and Accelerometer

micromax_canvas_win_w092Canvas Win W092 Specifications:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor with 1.2 GHz Quad Core CPU
  • 4-inch IPS display
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • 5MP rear camera with flash; 0.3MP front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 1GB RAM; 8GB ROM

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