$400 smartphones are major new battleground in India, and that’s bad news for Samsung

Last week, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Apple’s new iPhone 6 models arrived in India. Everyone aspires to buy either of these premium phones, but not many can afford one, and hence, look forward to low-cost alternatives. The majority of Indian consumers are more interested in value-for-money, which is why several Indian and Chinese phone makers are challenging the likes of Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and LG in the sub-US$400 (INR25,000) category in India. They’re promising premium-feel phones for half the usual price tag.


Huawei takes a dig at Xiaomi in India with launch of new budget smartphone

China’s Huawei has today introduced a new budget smartphone, the Honor Holly, for Indian consumers. While the price is still under wraps, the smartphone will go on sale from October 16 in India first. The sub-INR7,000 (US$115) smartphone segment is rapidly turning into a fierce battleground. The Huawei Honor Holly looks to be a powerful yet affordable phone to compete with the new Android One family of devices along side the hot-selling Xiaomi Redmi 1s.


Xiaomi appoints ex-Google executive Jai Mani as lead product manager in India

NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has appointed Jai Mani, a former Google executive, as lead product manager of India operations. In a Facebook post, the company’s vice president of international operations, Hugo Barra said that Mani has relocated from San Francisco to Bangalore. “One of the coolest things I could have wished for happened this past week, perfectly timed to my first “Asiaversary”,” Barra said in his post.


Xiaomi hits back over Apple’s ‘theft’ accusation

BEIJING: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi today refuted Apple’s allegation of stealing iPhone technology, saying one can only judge its products after using them.  Responding to Apple’s design head Jony Ive’s accusation that Xiaomi has stolen iPhone technology, President Lin Bin said Ive should use a Xiamomi phone to know the difference between the two gadgets.


Xiaomi announces black Mi4 coming October 28, responds to Apple’s design lead calling its design “theft”

Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun is clearly on a roll. Two days ago, he shared that the company was on track to sell 60 million smartphones in 2014. Earlier today, he sent out a post  on Weibo announcing the 4G-enabled Mi4 black variant is set for release on October 28 in China. Meanwhile the 64GB version of the 4G Mi4 is expected to hit in mid-November.


China’s Xiaomi plans to buy $13 million stake in GPS mapping company Careland

Red-hot Chinese startup Xiaomi has long since ventured out from its initially territory of smartphones, getting involved in everything from blood pressure monitors to game controllers – and that’s just in the past few weeks! But according to a Tencent Tech report , the company is also expanding into the world of GPS and mapping via a planned investment in Careland.


Xiaomi is well on track to sell 60 million smartphones in 2014

If you’re anxiously awaiting Xiaomi’s sales figures as the year comes to a close, Lei Jun will happily tease you. This morning, the CEO sent out a post on Weibo  claiming that device shipments to Xiaomi’s warehouse increased 20 percent from the second to third quarter of this year. Xiaomi tells Tech in Asia that “device shipments” refers to assembled smartphones sent to the company’s warehouses in Beijing. For traditional smartphone brands like Samsung or HTC, those devices might collect dust in storage facilities or in retail outlets.


Xiaomi Mi4, Redmi Note Launches Imminent in India, Company Hints via Facebook Post

The company’s official social webpages (both Twitter and Facebook) have displayed a blurred Diwali greeting picture, with the date 8 October having a hidden message and a tag – “Tomorrow! Share?”, hinting a new device launch might take place on Tuesday. In the poster, we can cipher only the traditional Indian diya (mud-based oil lamp), while the message has been strategically faded to keep the suspense alive till the 8 October announcement. Many believe the company is more likely to launch the feature-rich Redmi Note first and then Xiaomi Mi4 later, possibly in a couple of months’ time.


Digitimes Research: China 4G smartphone demand fails to surge; CoolPad, Lenovo, Xiaomi unlikely to achieve 2014 targets #cloud #cloudcomputing

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.


Foxconn assisting China smartphone vendors, looking to reduce reliance on Apple

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.


Xiaomi raises Indian smartphone sales goal

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.


Taiwan government investigates Xiaomi on cybersecurity concerns

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 Will Promote Xiaomi Smartphones In India

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.


Xiaomi Mi4 vs. Sony Xperia Z3: Specs, Features and Price Showdown

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.


15 new Asian smartphone makers hoping to crush Samsung and Apple

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.


No letup in Indian craze for ‘Apple of China': Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S sells out in 4.5s

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.


China’s Xiaomi Enters Indonesian Market

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.


Xiaomi Mi4 is a bombshell in the $300 smartphone war (REVIEW)

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.


In India, 4-second Redmi sellout shows again Xiaomi is too popular for its own comfort

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.


Digitimes Research: China smartphone vendors turning to retail and online channels for better profits

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.