Xiaomi designs and sells smartphones, tablets, fitness trackers, and apps. Since its launch in Beijing 2010, the company has gone on to become one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, challenging Apple and Samsung for market share, particularly in China and Southeast Asia. 


Xiaomi-backed Misfit hopes localised app will speed up expansion into Chinese market

China is the second largest market for wearables start-up Misfit, maker of the Shine fitness tracker. Photo: SCMP Pictures

US wearables start-up Misfit, which counts Xiaomi among its investors, will launch an app specifically for users in China in a few months in a bid to localise their services for its second biggest market, a senior executive said.

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015, 9:52am

Behind the scenes at CES Asia in Shanghai, complaints about Chinese copycats

More than 200 technology companies from 15 countries are showcasing their consumer technology innovations at CES Asia which takes place from May 25 to 27. Photo: AFP

While the inaugural Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia, taking place in Shanghai this week, has been as jargon-filled as any technology event: B2B, B2C, O2O, etc. But one acronym is only mentioned in private conversations: C2C.

26 May 2015 - 4:39pm 1 comment

Xiaomi enters US market with online accessories sale, but smartphones nowhere in sight

Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's vice president of international operations, speaks during the launch of the company's latest smartphone Mi 4i in Taipei. Photo: Reuters

China's largest smartphone maker has made its first foray into the world's second largest market for smart devices with the launch of an online store targeted at Western consumers.

However, customers in the US will have to continue to wait to get their hands on Xiaomi's smartphones, as the store currently only stocks accessories and fitness devices.

19 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Can ShenQi help Lenovo conquer the Chinese smartphone market?

Lenovo smartphone and tablets as talk swirled it may partner with Baidu. Photo: Reuters

If you are familiar with the early days of the Chinese internet, the name fm365 may ring a bell. Created with much fanfare by Lenovo and financially co-sponsored by AOL, the $20-million portal was once the hallmark of the rising PC maker’s lofty ambitions to foray into the dotcom industry.

15 May 2015 - 6:30am

Top Xiaomi executive shakes off ‘copycat’ label amid rapid global expansion

Hugo Barra, vice-president of Xiaomi Global, introduces the company's Mi 4i smartphone at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in Wan Chai. Photo: Dickson Lee

Smartphone company Xiaomi is shaking off the “copycat” stigma that has long plagued Chinese brands, as positive reviews internationally have allowed the firm to shed that negative label, according to a Xiaomi top executive.

19 May 2015 - 11:53am 1 comment

Tencent unveils smartphone and 'internet of things' OS in challenge to Xiaomi, Alibaba

A man uses his phone at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, where Tencent unveiled its new smart device operating system. Photo: Reuters

Tencent, maker of China's most popular messaging app, WeChat, has unveiled its own Android-based operating system for smartphones and smart devices.

TOS+ was unveiled on Tuesday at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing by Tencent chief operating officer Mark Ren Yuxin. Ren said the software includes built-in voice recognition and payment systems.

29 Apr 2015 - 10:51am

So many smartphone launches to cover in China: is a bubble in the making?

Smartphones on show at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing this month. Photo: Reuters.

For tech reporters in China these days, time management is really challenging, thanks to the almost non-stop rounds of launches of all kinds of new products. Sometimes they are forced to choose which company to cover, a dilemma when all are likely to be equally newsworthy.

29 Apr 2015 - 10:34am

We need to talk about Xiaomi: ‘China’s Apple’ counts on word of mouth to promote its phones

Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun presents a new phone "Apple style", but the company eschews the big spending on marketing of its US rival. Photo: Reuters.

Don’t expect to see slick, glossy advertisements for Xiaomi’s mobile phones on public transport, billboards or even televisions near you.

28 Apr 2015 - 7:07pm

From Zuckerberg's Chinese to Lei Jun's English: tech leaders busy learning foreign languages

Mark Zuckerberg spoke to students at Tsinghua University in Beijing in Putonghua. Photo: AP

Tech industry leaders from Silicon Valley to Beijing have at least one shared hobby – learning a foreign language as soon as possible – whether it be Putonghua for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg or English for Xiaomi’s Lei Jun.

28 Apr 2015 - 9:30pm 3 comments

Indian industrialist Ratan Tata buys into Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi

Xiaomi launched its Mi 4i smartphone in India in April as it looks to build its presence in the fast-growing market. Photo: Bloomberg.

Ratan Tata, a former chairman of Indian industrial group Tata Sons, has made a personal investment in smartphone maker Xiaomi, the Chinese company said on Sunday, without disclosing the amount.

This is the first investment by any Indian into Xiaomi, according to the Beijing-based company, and comes as Xiaomi steps up its push into the fast-growing Indian market.

27 Apr 2015 - 9:17am

Xiaomi launches low cost US$205 Mi 4i smartphone in India

The Mi 4i will go on sale in India later this month as Xiaomi continues its expansion into the subcontinent. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's largest domestic smartphone maker Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Mi 4i, an upgraded version of its flagship Mi4 phone.

The firm's vice president of international operations Hugo Barra introduced the new device at a live event in New Delhi that was also broadcast online, though the live feed was unavailable for many users for large parts of the event.

23 Apr 2015 - 8:07pm

Xiaomi-backed Ninebot buys US rival Segway that once accused it of IP theft

Despite finding some popularity with police forces, including in China, Segway struggled to break into the mass consumer market. Photo: Reuters

Chinese company Ninebot, backed by Xiaomi and other venture capital firms, has acquired its US rival Segway, the companies announced this week.

20 Apr 2015 - 12:11pm

Xiaomi breaks world record for mobile phone sales with 2.11 million sold in 12 hour period

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun and other senior staff pose with an official Guinness World Records certificate. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's largest domestic smartphone maker Xiaomi announced today that it has set a new Guinness World Record for mobile phone sales.

9 Apr 2015 - 5:35pm 2 comments

China’s tech giants Xiaomi and Alibaba partner on smart wristband for wireless payments

Lei Jun, CEO of XIAOMI introduces the company's lowed-priced smart wristband in Beijing in July, 2014. Photo: Simon Song

China's largest domestic smartphone brand Xiaomi has entered into a partnership with Alibaba subsidiary Alipay to create wearable payment devices, Xiaomi announced this week.

21 Apr 2015 - 11:32am

Xiaomi continues 'internet of things' push with new smart scale and power strip

Xiaomi's new smart scale pairs with its fitness and health smartphone tracking app. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's largest smartphone manufacturer has expanded its drive into customers' homes with five new products, including a smart scale and a smart power strip.

Xiaomi chief executive Lei Jun revealed the new products at an event in Beijing today to mark the upcoming fifth anniversary of the firm, now one of the world's highest valued private technology companies at US$45 billion.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:01pm