After visiting China’s smartphone industry in August and September, Digitimes Research found that demand for 4G smartphones in China did not rise as expected and most vendors’ domestic shipments did not achieve any growth. Digitimes Research estimates that even if China’s top-three telecom carriers strengthen their promotions for the fourth quarter, vendors that focus mainly on domestic shipments such as CoolPad, Lenovo and Xiaomi, are still unlikely to achieve their shipment targets for 2014.
Despite having strong performance thanks to iPhone sales, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been aggressively helping its China-based smartphone clients such as Xiaomi, Meitu, Oppo and Meizu boost their sales and is looking to increase the revenue contribution from non-Apple players, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Since most of these vendors are mainly selling their smartphones domestically, helping them to sell their products to non-China markets has become a new business direction that Foxconn is looking to expand in the future, the sources noted.
BANGALORE: Chinese firm Xiaomi is stocking up on its smartphones in India in readiness for the festive season as it looks to gain ground in the world’s third largest smartphone market, a top executive said on Friday. International Vice President Hugo Barra said the company is now making provision to sell 100,000 phones a week in October, when India celebrates the festival of Diwali.
TAIPEI: The Taiwanese government is investigating whether Xiaomi Inc, China’s leading smartphone company by domestic shipments, is a cyber security threat and will make a decision within three months. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the investigation could lead to any ban for Xiaomi’s low-priced smartphones in Taiwan. Some Xiaomi phones automatically send user data to the firm’s servers in Beijing, where the company is headquartered, potentially leading to security breaches, according to a statement posted on the website of Taiwan’s executive branch on Tuesday.
Aisidi (HK) Limited has signed a three-party agreement with Xiaomi Singapore and Flipkart India Private Limited to sell Chinese Xiaomi smartphones in India. According to the agreement, the three parties will reportedly work together to promote the sale of Xiaomi smartphones in India as well as the development of other emerging smartphone markets. The contents of this agreement include but are not limited to the sale of Xiaomi smartphones in India, supply chain logistics services, funding platform services, and a sales target of USD200 million for 2014.
The Xiaomi Mi4 was released in August while the Sony Xperia Z3 was launched at the IFA 2014 and will be released in September. Those who are choosing between the Xiaomi Mi4 and the Sony Xperia Z3 may want to check out the comparison on specs, features and price below. Both the Xiaomi Mi4 and the Sony Xperia Z3 are powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Krait 400 processor at 2.5 GHz with 3 GB of RAM.
Samsung is the world’s – and Asia’s – top smartphone maker. But there are a lot of rival phone-makers out there aiming to dethrone the likes of Samsung and Apple. That competition is especially strong across Asia, where a number of relatively new phone-makers are playing to their strengths in home markets, aiming to get consumers hooked on their own keenly-priced but strongly-specced devices. Let’s look at 15 of the strongest new contenders across Asia. They’re all – individually and collectively – keen to steal sales from more established phone-makers. To quote a Bob Marley song: If you are a big tree, we are a small axe, sharp and ready, ready to cut you down.
On a day when the world waits with bated breath for Apple to launch the iPhone 6, there was no letup in the craze for Xiaomi in India. This afternoon the second lot of 40,000 Redmi 1s went up for sale online on Flipkart, and it lasted just 4.5 seconds . That’s just a fraction of a second more than it took to sell the first lot of 40,000 units on September 2.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has reportedly entered the Indonesian market and will exclusively sell its products via the local e-commerce website Lazada. The retail price of the Hongmi smartphone in Indonesia is IDR1.5 million, which is about CNY786, according to multiple media reports. To support the post-sales services of Hongmi, Xiaomi has launched 17 service centers in Indonesia. Over the next few months, Xiaomi will launch its flagship product in this country.
This is Xiaomi’s third year in the hardware business. The Chinese startup is a software firm first, so its phones – the actual hardware – can sometimes feel perfunctory, like the box that holds a diamond ring. But the Beijing-based company, which now ships to six countries outside China and Hong Kong, is slowly starting to take more care with its hardware, and that’s seen clearly in its flagship smartphone.
It was another lottery in India for the sale of Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S, just like it had been for the Mi 3 earlier. Well over 200,000 Mi fans queued up for 40,000 units of Redmi 1S, which sold out in 4.2 seconds. Just a week ago, Xiaomi had sold 20,000 Mi 3 phones in two seconds. While the lucky ones who managed to place an order for Redmi 1S are rejoicing, the usual whining and resentful grumbling is going on at the same time on social media. Mi India is patiently replying to some of the irate fans.
Because telecom carriers in China have sharply reduced subsidies to smartphone purchasing, China-based smartphone vendors, which used to cooperate tightly with telecom carriers and adopted a strategy of flooding the market with multiple smartphone models, are turning to marketing through retail and online channels, significantly reducing the number of smartphone models customized specifically for telecom carriers, according to Digitimes Research’s recent findings.
Tomorrow, Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S will go on sale for the first time in India. The plan is to sell 40,000 units in the flash sale on Flipkart, but well over 200,000 people have already registered for it, Manu Jain, Xiaomi’s India head, told Tech in Asia. 40,000 is not a small number to sell on the first day of sales but eager Mi fans on Xiaomi India’s Facebook page have already started posting their disappointment over the huge gap between the demand and supply.
Today popular Chinese gadget manufacturer Xiaomi officially launches in Indonesia. Company heads Hugo Barra and Lin Bin flew to Jakarta and presented its first product for the country: the IDR 1.5 million (US$128) Redmi 1S. Surprisingly, that’s a bit cheaper compared to the selling price in neighboring Singapore (S$169 or US$136); gadgets are generally more expensive in Indonesia.
SAN FRANCISCO: US videogame service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf. The Santa Monica, California-based firm has partnered with Xiaomi Inc to take its games to Chinese living rooms via the smartphone maker’s new streaming boxes and “smart” TVs, an Ouya executive and a source at Xiaomi close to the deal told Reuters.
Star Zest Home Tuition was the first to face the wrath of Singapore’s newly minted Personal Data Protection Act, which officially took full effect on July 2. Now, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi could be next in line. According to a report by Wall Street Journal , a Xiaomi device user has lodged a complaint with regards to receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls from abroad. The source and content of the calls were unclear.
Xiaomi’s batch flash sales in India seem to have settled into a repeat routine. Mi 3 stocks have been flying off the shelves in mere seconds each time. Though the Chinese company hasn’t yet divulged exact numbers, it’s likely to have sold about 40,000 units since it launched in India last month. Right from day one, the disruptive young phone-maker made no secret of its plans to take on Korean giant Samsung on Indian turf. Spec by spec, the power-packed Mi 3 was compared to Samsung’s higher-priced devices, leaving Indian consumers salivating over the value-for-money buy. This is now starting to hurt the smartphone leader – not just in India but globally.
For the past few weeks, Xiaomi has been teasing its fans about which is the next country it will enter. Today we know the answer: Indonesia. Xiaomi’s Indonesia website is now up , and its Indonesia Facebook account has also started . It means the Android handset manufacturer has officially entered the country, but there’s not yet a launch date for any of its gadgets. The Xiaomi Indonesia website poses one question to visitors: what cool smartphone can you design with a budget of only IDR 2 million (US$171)?
Xiaomi appeared out of nowhere and grabbed India by the throat, and the country is usually not too welcoming of Chinese products and OEMs. Interestingly, Xiaomi doesn’t even call itself by that name in India. It’s simply ‘Mi’. Business started for Xiaomi in India on 15 July, when the China-based phone maker first accepted registrations for the Mi 3, the company’s flagship phone. A week later, the Mi 3 went on sale in India for the first time, selling out in a shade under 40 minutes.
BEIJING, Aug 11 — Xiaomi Inc says it has upgraded its operating system to ensure users know it is collecting data from their address books after a report by a computer security firm said the Chinese budget smartphone maker was taking personal data without permission. The privately held company said it had fixed a loophole in its cloud messaging system that had triggered the unauthorised data transfer, and that the operating system upgrade had been rolled out yesterday.