Xiaomi's Redmi Note has racked up over 15 million pre-orders

Popular Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi announced its first phablet, the Redmi Note, last March before opening up pre-orders on the device a few days later. Now the company tells Business Insider it has racked up a whopping 15 million pre-orders for the $130 smartphone, putting some of the most popular flagship phones on the market to shame. For comparison, Apple sold around nine million smartphones the weekend it released the iPhone 5s and 5c.

Xiaomi, the buzzy Chinese smartphone maker, had 15 million pre-orders for its latest device, the RedMi Note. That’s a mind-boggling, impressive number. But earlier today, Xiaomi had a lot of people freaking out when it tweeted that it got a whopping 122 million pre-orders for the phone. According to a Xiaomi spokesperson, the tweet is wrong. The company actually got 15 million pre-orders for the RedMi Note. That’s still huge though. Apple, for example, sold 9 million iPhones the weekend the iPhone 5S launched. It’s unclear why Xiaomi tweeted the wrong number. In fact, the tweet links to a report from news a site that’s not even affiliated with Xiaomi. It’s possible something got lost in translation here.

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