Xiaomi to Give Full Money Back to All Users Who Bought its Mi 1, its First Smartphone 10 Years Ago

The Chinese smartphone giant recently completed 10 years since the launch of the original Mi 1.


Xiaomi launched the Mi Mix 4 in China. It is the first Xiaomi phone to launch with an under-screen camera. The company also unveiled the Mi Pad 5 series, which comes with a dual-camera setup, massive battery packs and a large 11-inch LCD. At the event, Xiaomi also announced that it will refund the money to all its Mi 1 pre-order customers. The gesture is Xiaomi’s way of giving it back as gratitude to customers who showed faith and trust in the brand. The Chinese smartphone giant recently completed 10 years since the launch of the original Mi 1.

Xiaomi Mi 1 customers to get full refund as the company marks 10 years

Xiaomi announced that all Mi M1 pre-order customers will get their money back. The announcement was made at the Mi Mix 4 launch event. Xiaomi launched the Mi 1 in 2011 and since then has launched multiple phones under the series as its flagship offering. The company’s latest offering is the Mi 11 series, which includes the top-of-the-line Mi 11 Ultra as well.

Over the years, Xiaomi has expanded to several markets outside China. It is the number 1 smartphone company in India and also some other markets. It recently became the world’s number 1 smartphone company in June 2021, overtaking Samsung and Apple.

To mark the 10-year-anniversary, Xiaomi will give back the money to all Mi 1 pre-order customers. Users need to have their Mi ID credentials that were used to purchase the Mi 1 from Xiaomi’s Mi.com online store. It is said that the gesture would cost Xiaomi roughly USD 57 million.

The original Mi1 came with a 4-inch display. The LCD was surrounded by thick bezels at the top and bottom. It came with capacitive touch keys for navigation and multitasking. The phone had a single 8MP camera sensor on the plastic back. Under the hood, the phone packed a Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core SoC. It had 1GB of RAM and a small 1,930 mAh battery. The phone also featured a 2MP front camera. Back then, it was launched in China for CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs 23,000). According to the product’s Wikipedia page, the device received more than 300,000 pre-orders in the first 34 hours.