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. 


China's Xiaomi names Hong Kong-based DST partner Chew as chief financial officer

Xiaomi fans in the company's Hong Kong store, the first outside of mainland China. Photo: KY Cheng

Beijing-based smartphone maker Xiaomi said on Wednesday it has hired private equity investor Shou Zi Chew as chief financial officer, further bolstering its executive ranks in a period of rapid international expansion.

Wednesday, 1 July, 2015, 1:37pm

With Xiaomi in its sights, Meizu launches high-spec, low-price MX5 smartphone

The Meizu MX5 will go on sale later this month for 1,799 yuan (US$285). Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has launched its latest flagship handset and, in keeping with its strategy, aggressively priced the cutting-edge device at 1,799 yuan (US$285).

The MX5 sports a metal build and packs a 20.7-megapixel Sony camera module with a dual LED flash and laser autofocus, along with a 5-megapixel shooter in front.

1 Jul 2015 - 9:30am 1 comment

Xiaomi takes first big step outside Asia with Brazil smartphone

Brazilian Hugo Barra, vice president of international operations for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, speaks during a news conference in Sao Paulo. Photo: Reuters

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started making devices in Brazil for sale locally, promising to dramatically undercut rivals on price in the first big step beyond Asia for the world's most valuable technology start-up.

1 Jul 2015 - 9:31am

China’s Xiaomi launches powerful router to wirelessly store a ‘lifetime’ of photos

Xiaomi's new router offers 6TB of built-in memory. Photo: Adrian Wan

China’s top smartphone maker Xiaomi has released a new router with 6TB of built-in memory and improved transfer speeds as it aims to give customers a convenient new hub on which to store their photos and videos.

The supersized Mi Wi-Fi is designed to store all pictures in a user’s lifetime, said the company’s founder and chairman Lei Jun. Its previous router offered just 1TB.

11 Jun 2015 - 9:03am

China’s Xiaomi mulls offline sales of smartphones for first time at new Hong Kong store

Xiaomi has branched outside the Chinese mainland with its new Hong Kong store. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

China's leading smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled its first Mi Home showroom outside the Chinese mainland on Tuesday, in Hong Kong’s busy Mong Kok shopping district. It opens to the public today.

10 Jun 2015 - 8:00am

Xiaomi's US$12 fitness tracker becomes world's second most popular wearable

Xiaomi founder and chief executive Lei Jun introduces the company's smart wristband in July 2014. Photo: Simon Song

Chinese smart device maker Xiaomi has become the world's second largest seller of wearables thanks entirely to the success of one cut-price fitness tracker.

9 Jun 2015 - 8:47am 2 comments

Xiaomi’s next big thing? Smartphone maker targets market leader DJI with cut price drones

Visitors gather in front of an exhibition booth displaying recent models of drones during the International Drone Expo in Tokyo on May 20, 2015. Photo: AFP

China's largest smartphone maker Xiaomi is set to expand into a completely new market: making commercial drones at a price affordable for most Chinese gadget consumers, putting it in direct competition with Shenzhen-based drone maker DJI.

3 Jun 2015 - 8:38am

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.

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