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Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Xiaomi has received 15 million pre-orders for its upcoming large screen device, the RedMi Note. Details of the RedMi Note started to emerge a couple of months ago and it looks like interest in the device has been amazing.

The Redmi Note will use MediaTek’s octa-core MTK6592 processor and sport a 5.5 inch 720p IPS display. Along with dual-sim support the device also has a large 3200 mAh battery, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. The device will come in two variants, a 1.4GHz model with 1GB RAM or 1.7GHz model with 2GB of RAM. But here is the real killer feature, the slower of the two models will sell for only $129 (CNY799), while the more powerful 1.7GHz, 2GB model costs just $30 more at $159 (CNY999).

The slower of the two models will sell for only $129, while the more powerful 1.7GHz, 2GB model costs just $30 more at $159.

An erroneous tweet, made by Xiaomi, caused a bit of a stir yesterday when the company wrongly tweeted that it had received 122 million pre-orders for the RedMi Note. The tweet has since been removed and according to Business Insider the company actually got 15 million pre-orders, which is a phenomenal number especially when you consider that Xiaomi only officially does business in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore!

Just over a week ago Xiaomi announced that it planned to increase its sales from 20 million units to 100 million units by 2015. As part of that plan Xiaomi will expand into ten more markets: India, Brazil, Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Mexico, and the Philippines. Xiaomi’s plan to become a global player in the smartphone market is being led by ex-Google and ex-Android lead Hugo Barra, who left Google last year for a new job at Xiaomi.

Xiaomi, which is the fifth most popular smartphone maker in China, mainly sells via its online stores and although it is possible to get hold of Xiaomi devices in the West there is no official word yet about the company’s plans to enter the US or other Western markets.