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 beats Samsung to the punch by unveiling Redmi Note 2 just hours ahead of event for pricier Galaxy Note 5

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 2 will go on sale in China from Sunday, with prices starting from as low as US$125. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China’s top smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled an updated version of its popular and wallet-friendly Redmi Note on Thursday afternoon in Beijing, but pundits found the timing of interest as South Korean rival Samsung was due to release its Galaxy Note 5 phablet later in the

Thursday, 13 August, 2015, 8:14pm

Xiaomi starts making phones in India through partnership with Apple supplier Foxconn

Xiaomi's Hugo Barra announces that the firm will start making phones in India. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's Xiaomi has joined forces with Taiwan-based tech giant Foxconn to start assembling phones in India, seeking to cut costs and grab a bigger slice of the world's third-largest smartphone market.

11 Aug 2015 - 11:21am

Xiaomi has been called an 'Apple rip-off' for years, now it has its own copycats

Thai models promote iMI smartphones. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but China’s top-selling domestic smartphone maker Xiaomi, dubbed “China’s Apple” due to the clone-like nature of some of its products, may not be thrilled about the arrival of iMI Technology.

6 Aug 2015 - 1:00pm

Smartphone brands Xiaomi, Huawei lead China market as cheap domestic models overtake Samsung, Apple

Xiaomi Chairman Lei Jun demonstrates the Xiaomi Note in Beijing in January. The brand now leads the Chinese smartphone market and ranks No. 4 globally. Photo: AP

Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi and Huawei led the Chinese market in the second quarter despite adopting divergent strategies as consumers flocked to domestic brands offering quality on par with foreign brands at a cheaper cost. 

25 Aug 2015 - 11:06am

China's Xiaomi marshals army of start-ups to build online catalogue of tech products

Hugo Barra, vice president of global operations at Xiaomi, speaks during the Converge Tech Conference in Hong Kong on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese smartphone powerhouse Xiaomi is looking to expand its circle of start-up partners as the company strives to bring a greater variety of smart, connected devices to its customers around the world.

3 Aug 2015 - 8:00am

Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says firm strengthening patent war chest ahead of entry into US market

Xiaomi's Hugo Barra said the company knows it must improve its patent holdings before making a move into the US. Photo: Xinhua

Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is strengthening its patents in preparation for its entry into the US market, head of international operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg Television on Thursday, without offering a time table.

17 Jul 2015 - 2:18pm

China’s Xiaomi unveils US$32 'smart shoes', with a leg up from sportswear brand Li-Ning

Former gymnast turned entrepreneur Li Ning was granted the honour of lighting the cauldron inside the 'Bird's Nest' National Stadium to mark the start of the hugely successful 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Photo: Xinhua

Joggers already have their smartphone and smart watch. Next up: “smart” running shoes that include a module with sensors placed under the sole. 

Huami Technology, a subsidiary of the Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi, revealed a pair of trainers on Thursday it produced in partnership with Chinese sportswear firm Li-Ning.

17 Jul 2015 - 3:02pm

Xiaomi success inspires every man and his dog to make smartphones in China

Xiaomi vice-president Hugo Barra presents the company's products in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: EPA

The call of the world’s biggest smartphone market is proving irresistible for entrepreneurs in China, where even purveyors of concrete mixers, refrigerators and rock music are mimicking local trailblazer Xiaomi with their own handsets.

14 Jul 2015 - 4:21pm

Feud between Xiaomi and LeTV may have been last straw prompting Beijing's crackdown on malpractice

Xiaomi's set-top box and user interface. Beijing seems to have grown tired of the infighting among China's top tech companies, which is believed to have led to its recent clampdown. Photo: Bruce Yan

The public spat between Chinese smart device and online video content rivals Xiaomi and LeTV may have prompted Beijing to issue its recent warning against industry malpractice, media reports claim.

Xiaomi is more widely known as China's top smartphone maker while LeTV is a new player in the smartphone industry. Both companies make smart TVs.

9 Jul 2015 - 7:02pm

Electric vehicles may be next for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi as it lines up patents

More major global automakers like Renault (pictured) are jumping into the EV market, but the paucity of charging stations remains a stumbling block. Photo: Jonathan Wong

China’s top smartphone maker Xiaomi may be preparing to move into the electric car industry, at least if its recently filed patents are any indication.

China’s intellectual property office, known by the acronym SIPO, from last month began making public a series of automobile-related patents that Xiaomi had filed earlier in the year. 

8 Jul 2015 - 4:36pm

Xiaomi shipped 34.7m smartphones in first half of 2015 as China market 'slowing down'

Xiaomi founder Lei Jun said his company has done a ''stellar job'' posting 33 per cent growth in the first half of 2015. Photo: Simon Song

Xiaomi on Thursday said it sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first six months of this year, casting doubt on the ability of China’s most valuable tech startup to achieve its full-year target.

Chief Executive Lei Jun last year spoke of reaching 100 million shipments this year but in recent months has revised the figure to a more conservative range of 80 million to 100 million.

2 Jul 2015 - 2:55pm

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.

Chew, the Hong Kong-based partner of DST Investment Management, first helped the prominent late-stage technology fund invest in Xiaomi in 2011.

1 Jul 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