Smartphone shootout in India today: Xiaomi Mi4 goes head-to-head with OnePlus One

IndiaToday is a red letter day in India for Chinese smartphone-makers: Xiaomi has flash sales for both 16GB and 64GB variants of its flagship killer Mi4 at 5pm India time. And OnePlus has a 24-hours open sale, where you don’t need an invite to buy 16 GB and 64 GB variants of OnePlus One, temptingly priced lesser than their Mi4 counterparts.

Mi Note is the giant Xiaomi phone you can’t have (REVIEW)

ChinaWe all know the drill by now… Xiaomi makes budget phones that appeal by packing a lot of power into a tiny price tag. But with its newest phone, the Mi Note, Xiaomi is doing things a bit differently. This time, Xiaomi is aiming at the high-end, pitching the Mi Note up against the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Note 4 in terms of size and ambitions.

Xiaomi to take legal action against websites selling its phones illegally, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: Xiaomi will be taking legal action against websites selling its phones illegally and infringing on the company’s trademark in India where the Chinese handset maker has an ongoing patent dispute with Ericsson.  The Swedish telecom equipment maker had alleged earlier this month that Xiaomi was selling Mediatek-powered smartphones through, in violation of an interim order of the Delhi High Court that allowed the company to only sell Qualcomm chipset smartphones.

Xiaomi becomes China’s top smartphone brand for first time in 2014, whips Samsung

ChinaXiaomi just toppled Samsung’s statue. After years of being China’s number one smartphone brand, Samsung has now been deposed by Xiaomi. New data from IDC published today shows that Xiaomi’s 2014 market share of smartphone shipments in China rocketed to 12.5 percent, narrowly beating out Samsung’s 12.1 percent. That’s very different from 2013, when Samsung led the way in China with 18.7 percent share while homegrown Xiaomi stood at 5.3 percent.

Aside from patents, there’s a big reason Xiaomi isn’t selling its phones in the US yet

ChinaChinese mobile tech darling Xiaomi held a press event in Silicon Valley yesterday to introduce itself to the US. And while some thought the company might announce that its popular phones are finally coming to America, that is not happening this year. Xiaomi president Bin Lin and VP Hugo Barra maintained at the event that the decision not to launch phones in the US has to do with things like America’s already-high smartphone penetration rate, but an obvious reason,,,

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi dipping toes in US market

ChinaSAN FRANCISCO: Xiaomi, one of China’s hottest companies, is bringing its blend of cheap yet fashionable technology and crowd-pleasing antics to the US.  While its smartphones won’t be available here anytime soon, Xiaomi unveiled plans Thursday to test the US market by selling inexpensive headphones and other accessories online, hewing to the Internet-driven, customer-friendly model that has helped turned the company into a major player in mobile computing just five years after its founding.

Xiaomi MiPad lands tomorrow in Singapore and Malaysia

SingaporeXiaomi’s Android tablet, the MiPad, is set to launch tomorrow in Singapore and Malaysia. The MiPad’s arrival is a little late, a full seven months after it launched in mainland China. The Xiaomi MiPad is priced at S$299 (US$220) in Singapore, and RM 799 (US$225) in Malaysia. The customary online flash sale begins at 12 noon in both countries with an inevitably limited supply available in each batch. Some bad news: it’s only offered in white and 16GB for now, meaning that the choice of six colors and the option for 64GB is missing. But it does support microSD cards for extra storage.

Ericsson accuses Xiaomi of violating HC order

IndiaNEW DELHI: Swedish telecom firm Ericsson has claimed in Delhi High Court that Chinese mobile phone maker Xiaomi Technology is violating its interim order by selling handsets which do not have chipsets of Qualcomm Incorporated.  The counsel for Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson told Justice Jayant Nath that Xiaomi was violating a division bench order of the court, allowing the Chinese company to sell and import till today (February 5) only those handsets which have Qualcomm processors.

Xiaomi blames rogue reseller for reigniting legal troubles in India

IndiaAn Indian court is investigating Xiaomi after telecommunications giant Ericsson accused the Chinese smartphone maker of violating a court order to halt imports and sales of phones using Ericsson’s patented technology, according to the Financial Times. Xiaomi was first slapped with an injunction from an Indian high court in December, forcing it to halt import and sales of all its phones for allegedly infringing on patents owned by Ericsson.

Xiaomi may follow Amazon model for its online portal in India

IndiaBENGALURU: When Chinese phone maker Xiaomi starts its own portal to sell phones in India, it may adopt the model followed by Amazon and Flipkart to work around the country’s retailing regulations. Xiaomi will likely set up a marketplace platform and bring on board third-party retailers to sell the phones on its portal Xiaomi will supply the sellers so that it doesn’t flout retailing norms, according to sources.

1.3 billion smartphones shipped in 2014; Xiaomi ends year ranked 5th globally

China2014 was a blockbuster year for smartphones, with 1.3 billion shipped in 2014, says the latest data from IDC. That’s up 27.6 percent from the 1.02 billion figure in 2013. The final quarter of the year, Q4 2014, saw a total of 375.2 million smartphones shipped out, which is up 28.2 percent from Q4 2013. The big news is that Apple came amazingly close to toppling Samsung’s statue. Xiaomi remains in the global top five, though it dropped a couple of positions:

Xiaomi to sell smartphones through own portal in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi will start selling smartphones in India later this year through its own portal as it looks to beef up its presence in one of the world’s fastest growing devices market.  Xiaomi, which currently sells devices in India through homegrown eCommerce major Flipkart, will bring in its website ‘’ to India in the latter part of the year.

Xiaomi to set up first research and development base in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Handset maker Xiaomi will set up a research and development unit in Bangalore, its first such facility outside of China, as it looks to beef up presence in the booming Indian smartphone market.  The company, which expects the centre to be operational in the next few months, will focus on localising its products and features for the Indian market through the unit.

Foxconn to assist China handset brands expanding sales in emerging markets in 2015

TaiwanFoxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will make assisting its China-based handset clients including Xiaomi Technology, Meizu and MIT boost their sales to emerging markets one of its major goals in 2015, according to industry sources. Xiaomi began to push its smartphones to a number of emerging markets, including Brazil, India, Indonesia, Russia and Turkey, in 2014 but initial results have been lower than expected, said the sources.

Xiaomi to Boost Smartphone Sales in India with Online Push

IndiaPopular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, Inc. is going to focus on its online sales strategies in India. Xiaomi says it can sell a wider array of smartphone models in stores throughout India while it keeps implementing the same online-only sales strategy, according to Reuters. This will only take place, however, if the phone manufacturer can increase the sales of its Redmi Note 4G model sold through Bharti Airtel Ltd.

Phone brands around the world are now rushing to emulate Xiaomi

ChinaOnce dismissed as a cloner, now a growing number of phone brands are rushing to copy China’s Xiaomi. What they want to replicate is the secret sauce that has propelled the young Beijing company from zero to 60 million phones sold per year in just four years. The recipe to that secret sauce, however, is a lot more complex than it appears. To those who haven’t yet come to understand Xiaomi, it seems that it’s just copying Apple at bargain basement prices – but that kind of assessment is way off the mark.

Xiaomi’s phablet forecast to boost unit of Foxconn

ChinaTAIPEI — Chinese handset maker Xiaomi (小米) Corp.’s newly launched 5.7-inch smartphone is expected to boost sales and profits for FIH Mobile Ltd. (富智康), a unit of Taiwanese contract electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group (富士康), according U.S. brokerage Morgan Stanley. Xiaomi on Jan. 15 unveiled the Mi Note flagship phone that features ultra-slim design, a more powerful processor, improved cameras and better display resolution. The 5.7-inch phone-tablet hybrid is available in China at 2,299 Chinese yuan (US$372).

Asustek seeking partnerships with Xiaomi supply chain

Asustek Computer reportedly is seeking cooperation with Xiaomi’s upstream partners such as earphone designer 1more Design and software designer Cheetah Mobile, to strengthen its smartphone competitiveness, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Asustek shipped about eight million smartphones in 2014, despite a great improvement from 2013, the company’s performance was still far off compared to Xiaomi, which shipped 61.12 million units in 2014, up 227% from 2013.

Xiaomi unveils sensor panels for its smart home ecosystem

The hype from Xiaomi’s new product launch last week hasn’t even died down yet, and Xiaomi co-founder Lin Bin has already showed off more new smart home gadgets at Beijing’s annual GeekPark Innovation Festival over the weekend (h/t 36kr). These new devices come in the form of sensors placed around the home. The sensors measure things like light, sound, temperature, and movement.