Xiaomi Soars Past Apple And Samsung, Best Selling Smartphone In China In December

After years of seeming unstoppable, it looks like Samsung has more than just a legitimate competitor in China, it has been knocked off its perch as the best selling smartphone manufacturer in the country. The competition didn’t come from where you might expect, Apple who recently worked out a deal to provide iPhones to China Mobile’s customers, but rather from Xiaomi, the still relatively new Chinese grown smartphone manufacturer.

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I don’t have to tell Gizchina readers about Xiaomi. Its Mi3 was called “almost perfect” in Gizchina.es’ review of the device. But what readers might not be aware of, is how far the company has come since its inception in 2010. The company outsold not only Apple, but also Samsung in the month of December.

The CEO of Xiaomi has said it hopes to ship 40 million units in 2014. While the Mi2 and Mi3 are the most popular models with international importers, Xiaomi’s growth can be attributed to its Red Rice budget phone, which ZDNet says was China’s number one seller in December.

While Xiaomi has set up a few service centers around China, its sales are still primarily made online, so for its phones to take over the top spot in China with little retail presence is all the more impressive.

[Image: Xiaomi FB]
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  1. Allanitomwesh
    February 9, 2014

    Good for them,that’ll make smartphone vendors pay attention to the low end now,especially samsung.They haven’t made a good budget phone since the Ace 2.

    • Ant
      February 9, 2014

      True, you only have to look how massively successful the Moto G is.

  2. sutz
    February 9, 2014

    First they need to sell the actual phones, half a year waiting forXiaomi launch mi3 wcdma 64gb is ridiculous.

    • simplyshriek
      February 10, 2014

      Yes true….PLZ SHIP A 64Gb MI3 at 2499RMB TO SINGAPORE OR INDIA…..
      Ridiculous have been waiting from 2010 to get hands on ANY XIAOMI PHONE!!!!!!