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’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.

Friday, 17 July, 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

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