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 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.

Thursday, 23 April, 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

Xiaomi announces smaller Mi TV... at half the price of the original

Xiaomi is partnering with a number of US and Chinese content providers. Photo: Xiaomi

China's top smartphone maker has unveiled the latest in its line of cut price smart televisions.

24 Mar 2015 - 4:38pm

Xiaomi's India expansion to boost fortunes of Hong Kong-based mobile phone maker FIH

Xiaomi is one of several major Chinese brands expanding into the booming Indian smartphone market. Photo: Bloomberg

FIH Mobile, the world's largest contract manufacturer of mobile phones, may be looking to reopen its shuttered factory in southern India to back the expansion of Xiaomi and other major Chinese smartphones brands in the country.

24 Mar 2015 - 9:31am

Start-ups should skip government policy support and try DIY instead

The Zhangjiang district of Shanghai has seen some successful government-backed start-ups. Photo: AFP

Among all the successful start-up companies you know, including Google, Facebook and even China's smartphone maker Xiaomi, can you find one that succeeded due largely to government policy support and funding? Not really.

22 Mar 2015 - 9:30pm

Qihoo targets Xiaomi with launch of new mobile OS as it attempts to enter smartphone market

Qihoo and partner Coolpad hope to become China's second largest smartphone brand, behind key rival Xiaomi. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese tech firm Qihoo 360, which has struggled recently to boost its stock performance, is continuing its expansion into the smartphone market with the launch of a new operating system.

16 Apr 2015 - 11:30am

Facebook, Xiaomi each launch mobile payment services in challenge to Apple, Alibaba

Facebook is launching a mobile payments service which will allow users to send each other money through the Messenger app. Photo: Reuters

Facebook Messenger will soon let US users send each other money through the app, while Xiaomi said it is launching a money-fund-style wallet for Chinese users. 

21 Apr 2015 - 11:32am

Xiaomi partners with Li Ning to create smart running shoes

The Mi Fitness Band, Xiaomi's first foray into wearables, has proven very successful. Photo: Xiaomi

China's largest domestic smartphone manufacturer is partnering with one of the country's leading sports brands to create 'smart' running shoes that will track exercise and health data.

17 Mar 2015 - 4:42pm

Xiaomi to open 100 stores in India as it steps up expansion despite Ericsson lawsuit

Xiaomi recently became the world's third-largest smartphone maker after Samsung and Apple. Photo: Bloomberg

China's largest domestic smartphone company sold upwards of 60,000 phones a week in India last year.

17 Mar 2015 - 4:37pm

Xiaomi's Lei Jun looking beyond smartphones to take control of your entire home

Lei Jun, founder and chief executive officer of China's mobile company Xiaomi, at a news conference in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

For Lei Jun, founder and chief executive of Xiaomi, one of China’s most influential technology start-ups valued at around US$50 billion and often called the “Apple of China”, the future for his company goes beyond just the smartphone market.

16 Apr 2015 - 11:30am 2 comments

Xiaomi coming to US and Europe, but no smartphones yet due to 'patent gap'

Xiaomi vice president of global operations Hugo Barra. Photo: AP

Xiaomi's biggest challenge in selling its cheap but hugely popular smartphones outside China may not be winning the hearts and minds of international customers but how to manage potential intellectual property legal challenges. 

16 Apr 2015 - 11:30am

Xiaomi smartphone chief predicts ‘Chinese companies will lead world in future’

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive of technology company, Xiaomi, aims to surpass Apple as the world’s No 1 smartphone maker within 10 years. Photo: Reuters

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive of the world's No 3 smartphone maker, adds his vote of confidence to the mainland’s “go-global” drive to invest abroad

17 Mar 2015 - 4:37pm 10 comments