Date
13 December 2017
A Xiaomi shop beckons smartphone buyers in Hong Kong's Kowloon Bay district. The Chinese firm has kept supply tight, prompting complaints from some consumers. Photo: EJ Insight
A Xiaomi shop beckons smartphone buyers in Hong Kong's Kowloon Bay district. The Chinese firm has kept supply tight, prompting complaints from some consumers. Photo: EJ Insight

Xiaomi handset supply remains tight in HK

Supply of Redmi Note 4G, a smartphone produced by Beijing-based Xiaomi Inc., has remained tight in Hong Kong since the official launch of its enhanced version two months ago.

Redmi Note, or Hongmi Note, was first launched in China last summer, meeting with good response from the market. The success, including in some overseas markets such as Hong Kong, encouraged Xiaomi to launch an enhanced version in November.

A shopkeeper who gave his surname as Cheung told EJ Insight that the sole official outlet in Hong Kong was selling 30 units of Redmi Note 4G every day.

Buyers would queue up in front of the shop before it opened at 11 am. Without a telecom service contract, the phone was offered at HK$1,199 (US$154) per unit, excluding an extra HK$267 charge for accessories.

The shop reserved stock for buyers who were willing to sign an 18-month contract, Cheung said. Monthly payment for a 6GB data plan is HK$298, he said, adding that there is no extra charge for the battery and screen protector.

In late August 2014, network carrier CSL Ltd. officially opened the first Hong Kong store of Xiaomi at Telford Plaza in Kowloon Bay, one of the largest shopping malls in Kowloon East. The key products offered at that time included Redmi Note, Redmi 1S and Mi 3.

Several Xiaomi fans in Hong Kong had inquired — some users even sent email queries to EJ Insight – as to how they can get their hands on Mi 3 or Redmi Note, as well as Mi 4, which has not been officially launched for sale in the city.

A reader from India sought information about shipping costs.

On Jan. 21, Xiaomi said on its official India Facebook page that it will make Redmi Note 4G available for all in that country through open sale between Jan. 24 and Jan. 26.

India is celebrating its Republic Day today.

First Xiaomi HK store opens in Kowloon Bay (Aug. 29, 2014)

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