Today popular Chinese gadget manufacturer Xiaomi officially launches in Indonesia. Company heads Hugo Barra and Lin Bin flew to Jakarta and presented its first product for the country: the IDR 1.5 million (US$128) Redmi 1S.
Surprisingly, that’s a bit cheaper compared to the selling price in neighboring Singapore (S$169 or US$136); gadgets are generally more expensive in Indonesia.
The Redmi 1S first will be exclusively sold on ecommerce site Lazada Indonesia. The online sale will commence on September 4 at 11am for just one hour. Interested buyers should first register themselves on Lazada Indonesia’s website here. The company did not reveal how many phones they have prepared for the first flash sale.
The Redmi 1S is a 4.7-inch Android phone with 1280×720 IPS screen. The phone is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, Adreno 305 GPU, 8MP back camera, and 1.6MP front camera. The phone supports dual SIMs.
Partnering with phone distributors such as Erajaya and Trikomsel, Xiaomi has 17 service centers in 15 cities in Indonesia. Barra and Bin teased that the next phone to be sold in the archipelago would be the Redmi Note.
Actually, Indonesians can already buy Xiaomi phones via estore Blibli, albeit at a more expensive price tag. But hey, that could still be a good alternative for those who miss out on the flash sales program and don’t want to wait.