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Xiaomi's Mi3 sold out in 5 seconds, says Flipkart

New Delhi: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, which debuted in the Indian smartphone market earlier this month, today said it sold out its stock of its Mi3 smartphone within 5 seconds of going on sale.


Xiaomi Mi3. Pic /Flipkart.com

This is the second lot that was put on sale yesterday at 2 pm in the afternoon on online marketplace Flipkart, which is exclusively selling Xiaomi's handsets in India.

"The site saw an unprecedented 250,000 users simultaneously accessing the Mi3 page shortly after the sale opened at 2 pm yesterday. This traffic load was four times higher than the heaviest level ever experienced by Flipkart's infrastructure," Flipkart said in a statement.

It added that the entire inventory in liquidated in just under 5 seconds.

After today's sale, the total number of Mi3 devices, priced at Rs 13,999, sold on Flipkart to date is 20,000.

Flipkart had earlier said it received about 1,00,000 registrations for the Mi3 between July 15 and July 21.

Last week, Flipkart witnessed a slow down after online shoppers logged on the site to check out Xiaomi's Mi 3 smartphone that went out of stock within first 30 minutes of sale on the homegrown online marketplace.

Commenting on the sales, Xiaomi Global Vice President Hugo Barra said, "We are completely overwhelmed by the demand for Mi 3 by our fans here in India and are working diligently with our manufacturing partners as well as our local partners and the user community here in India to bring more devices and deliver the best possible product experience with Mi 3 and other models to come."

Known as the 'Apple' of China, Xiaomi plans to bring in more devices like Redmi 1S and Redmi Note, priced at Rs Rs 6,999 and Rs 9,999, respectively, in the coming days.

The Indian smartphone market is witnessing strong competition between local and international players, all vying to grab a share of the multi-billion dollar market.

"We learned a lot during last week's first sale and, after directing our entire team to work on improving the customer experience over the last week, we have made significant progress.

The site held up extremely well today and no major issues have been reported. We are working towards an even more seamless experience for our customers in the future," Flipkart co-founder and CEO Sachin Bansal said.

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