We recently came across a pretty intriguing promo from popular Chinese tech company Xiaomi: buy a brand-new smartphone, and get an electric kick scooter (EKS) for free. Quite the unusual combination for a promo, wouldn’t you agree? Yeah, you can add this to the list of the most interesting deals we’ve seen in 2020.
The promo was announced after the brand launched its new Mi 10T 5G series. With it, every preorder of the top-spec Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 8GB + 256GB model—which costs P24,990, by the way—came with a free Mi Electric Scooter Essential. Not all of us are tech gurus here at Top Gear PH, but we reckon that’s one heck of a bargain.
You see, Xiaomi’s entry-level EKS starts at just a hair under P15,000. Anything that’s well over ten grand isn’t too shabby for a freebie, right? The scooter weighs just 12kg, folds in just three seconds, and has a maximum range of 20km on one full charge. It’s quite a nifty and compact vehicle for urban spaces.
As the post above suggests, the promo runs until October 22, 2020. The sad part, however, is that the EKS is only available until supplies last. And as expected, preorder slots sold like hotcakes, and the EKS stocks were wiped out in a jiffy. What’s more, according to the Mi Store Philippines’ Facebook post, stocks sold out across all branches as early as 11:36am.
How quickly the EKS units sold out doesn’t really come as a surprise, though. A device such as Xiaomi’s Electric Scooter Essential is, er, essential these days, considering how difficult it’s been to be a commuter in Metro Manila throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.
In any case, we hope those who lined up early enough to get the freebies will be able to put those scooters to good use. As for the rest of us, let’s just make sure we camp out early the next time something like this comes up.