There could be more. I’ve just begun reading Weibo.
599 yuan is about US$98.00 — for a 4G smartphone. That’s lower than any off-contract smartphone that can currently be bought in the U.S., even including those from Blu. And the current discount price for the ZTE Zmax is US$199.00.
I don’t keep track of Xiaomi’s phones — because they won’t work to their full potential on U.S. cell networks — so I don’t know how big a deal these new prices are. I also don’t know, at post time, if these are permanent price reductions or just 11/11 sales prices.
For some perspective, here are two comparison charts from a non-Xiaomi Weibo:
The MiBand also becomes available in a big way.
High inventory …
As for 11/11 itself, Xiaomi is not fooling around…
Oddly, there’s no price reduction for the slow-selling MiPad, but now it can be bought and paid for in installments.
“Cui Baoqiu” (崔宝秋), who is “Chief Architect” at Xiaomi, points out the main difference between Xiaomi and other companies (such as Apple).
In some ways, that’s like Amazon. But Amazon wasn’t smart enough to copy Xiaomi when it came to their phone (they were, however, smart enough to copy Sony for the Kindle).
There might be more Xiaomi news today. But that will be compiled into one post so as not to dominate the blog.