StarHub to sell Xiaomi Redmi from Feb 27

SINGAPORE - StarHub will offer the Xiaomi Redmi at all its stores from Feb 27, said the telco in a statement today.

The Android-powered smartphone will be free for customers who sign up for any of StarHub's postpaid mobile plans.

It otherwise retails at $169, and can be ordered from the Xiaomi Singapore website starting this Friday.

Unveiled last July as a mid-range smartphone, the dual-SIM Redmi sports a 4.7-inch, 1,280x720-pixel display, a quad-core Mediatek 1.5GHz processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera.

100,000 units of the device were snapped up in under four minutes after it went on sale in mainland China. In Hong Kong, it took 36 seconds for 10,000 units to be sold.

Singapore is the first international stop for Xiaomi. The Chinese phone maker hired Hugo Barra, previously head of Android product management at Google, last year to spearhead the company's global expansion plans.