It has been 10 years since Xiaomi Mi 1 was released in China. Since then, the Chinese smartphone maker has come a long way and dethroned Samsung from the throne. If you are one of the buyers of the original Xiaomi devices, the company is giving your money back as a thank you note.
Xiaomi Announces Full Refund For Mi 1 Buyers
Yes, you heard that right. Xiaomi announced on its Weibo account that those who pre-ordered and purchased the Mi 1 smartphone are eligible for a refund.
However, there is a twist in the story. The cashback will be credited in online store credit in a red envelope rather than hard cash. But at least it shows the company hasn’t forgotten the people who acknowledged and trusted its devices in the early days.
According to Wikipedia, Mi 1 was launched in China on August 16, 2011, with a 4.0-inch touch screen display, Snapdragon S3, and 1GB RAM.
Now, you would ask why? This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Mi 1 smartphone since it first arrived in China; hence, the company is celebrating it this way.
The giveaway would cost the company almost $57 million, but the initial purchases helped it grow into a Fortune 500 company. It goes without saying that Xioami’s budget-focused smartphones have revolutionized the market and contributed to Android’s gigantic userbase.
Back in the day, the company sold 184, 600 units of the device (308/1,999 Yuan each). So, what are you waiting for? If you pre-ordered the device, then you are eligible for a refund. Maybe not a smartphone for $300, but there are many Xioami accessories you can add to your collection.