Some tech companies would do anything for a favorable headline or good free publicity, including intentionally limiting inventory of a new product to make it seem like demand is out of control. We can’t be 100 percent certain that was the strategy employed by Xiaomi upon releasing the 64GB Mi Pad 2, but exactly how many orders do you think a seller can physically rack up in 60 seconds?
Millions? Out of the question, even for a giant like Apple, and a super-high-profile iPhone launch. Hundreds, tens of thousands? Also unlikely when talking increasingly undesirable tablets. Mere thousands or even hundreds? Now we’re getting somewhere, though playing the speculation game is often risky.
Bottom line, while it’s definitely possible the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 has so far exceeded modest expectations, you shouldn’t look at it as a savior of the whole long-struggling market. What’s interesting is that, alongside the 64 gig version, the entry-level 16GB configuration cleared all its stocks yesterday too, despite going on sale a while back.
Yet another sign Xiaomi wanted us to publicize the apparent production – popularity discrepancy? Probably, unless the costlier model’s real sales boom also dramatically increased hype around the $155 Android 5.1/Windows 10 slate.
It remains to be seen if mass-manufacturing can step up in such a way that the Mi Pad 2 will soon spread from China to the Western hemisphere. Maybe as early as next week, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas? Don’t hold your breath.