The Indian government has extended the nationwide lockdown for two weeks until May 17th. In the wake of the latest lockdown extension, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a new guideline stating that e-commerce sites will be able to deliver non-essentials to areas in Green and Orange zones.
This comes as good news for smartphone makers like Xiaomi, which has already gone ahead and scheduled the Mi 10 launch in India on May 8th. Today, Xiaomi’s competitor, Realme has announced that it’s accepting orders for smartphones and accessories including the Realme Band across major e-commerce websites starting today. Here’s what you need to know before you go ahead to order a product.
Realme resumes online sales in Green and Orange zones
Realme has announced that it will start accepting orders for its products starting today on realme.com, Flipkart and Amazon. The company has also started selling these through offline channels in green and orange zones as per the government directives. The brand has stated that it has been receiving a large number of orders since Sunday.
Realme will be fulfilling the orders received through its existing inventory until its factory reopens. However, as of now, there are chances that several products might be out of stock or run out of stock quickly. The brand announced that it will start manufacturing the upcoming Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A smartphones along with the popular Realme 6 (review) and 6 Pro (review), once it receives permission from the government to commence production.
The company has clarified that it has sought necessary approvals from the government for re-opening limited production lines. These include measures to ensure the safety of its employees and required permissions for its supply vehicles.
Online sales still restricted in Red zones
Customers in Red zones still won’t be able to order smartphones and other classified non-essential products online as the same restrictions continue in these areas. Red zones are classified as areas where there are a substantial numbers of COVID positive cases. You can enter your pincode on any of the e-commerce sites to know if your area is eligible for delivery of non-essentials.