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Xiaomi is now the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, according to Strategy Analytics. The Chinese vendor, which sold 26 million devices in the first half of 2014, commands 5.1 percent of the worldwide smartphone market, and is edging ever closer to Lenovo's 5.4 percent.

Xiaomi is well-known in China for launching products that offer high-end features at a mid-range price. Since its beginnings in the Chinese market, the vendor has since ventured into several southeast Asian countries like Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and more recently, India. Xiaomi got off to a great start in the Indian market, with the Mi 3 being sold out on Flipkart in under 40 minutes during launch. Subsequent sales have seen the device being sold out in under five minutes.

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Xiaomi's rise in fortunes symbolises a quarter that has been dominated by Chinese vendors, which saw the likes of Huawei and Lenovo eating away at Samsung's market share. Strategy Analytics found that the second quarter saw total smartphone shipments of 295.2 million, an increase of 27 percent from the same time last year. While North America and European markets have plateaued in terms of growth, emerging markets like Africa and Asia have posted a healthy rise in the number of shipments.

It looks like Xiaomi is not set to lose its momentum anytime soon, as the manufacturer unveiled this year's flagship, the Mi 4, earlier this month.

Source: Strategy Analytics

 

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Xiaomi becomes the fifth largest smartphone vendor in the world

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In NA or EU, probably not because there are so many other choices, but in SE Asia, where you have Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, Samsung and few other OEMs, it may be a worthwhile purchase.

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in that case nexus 5 is also cheap, then why u bought it. so it is not the price which decides the quality of a phone. yes u cannot compare xiomi with iphone, but u can compare it with nexus 5

In India nexus 5 goes for about 600$ and they still mi3 with similar / better specs on Less than half rate ( 220$)...... Also they have Ota update weekly... And awesome hardware... It's not cheap they have awesome quality specially in mi4... I'm myself waiting for mi4 launch in India.... Don't believe me... Go check online about its quality and support...

Once Xiaomi expands further into Europe and North America, it's a wrap for Samsung. Xiaomi hardware just looks better and competitively priced.

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Do you really think people in NA will buy a device from a company based in PR China? I'm sure that the PRA has a backdoor into any such device.

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But motorola is a chinese company too tho lol. I never wanted to buy a motorola phone but motorola being part of lenovo just made me even more not wanting to buy a motorola phone. EVER

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Technically, Motorola is still a US company, as the sale to Lenovo has not been completed yet. There is a lot of red tape to cut through for a US based company to be sold to a Chinese company, and rightly so.

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It's already a done deal with exception to regularoty approval. So yeah motorola is a Chinese company.

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A large amount of marketing and some gimmicks can fix anything though...I think that Korean products are terrible quality and lack genuine soul or identity, but sure are shiny! Look at how the world is gobbling up Hyundais, Kias, Samsungs and LGs like they are cream of the crop. Sure the quality is maybe a step above China's but it goes to show that with a big enough marketing budget and some employee poaching almost anything is possible. I would like to see Xiaomi and Huawei have a presence here in NA even if they have to rebrand, high margin phones are making me sick

I hope everyone else notices Lenovo is the 4th largest smartphone vendor on the planet and is growing at a substantial rate. Because that is insane. None of their phones have ever graced the U.S. and yet they have so much market share it is incredible.

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Considering that nearly one third of the planet's population lives where Lenovo, Huawei, and Xiaomi do most their business (SE Asia and India), these numbers are not surprising. China is the largest telecom market in the world and India is fifth and growing. Plus all the smaller countries in that area, even if those three never release their phones in NA or in the EU, they could still maintain their status at or near the top.

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Also Apple despite anyone's personal feelings is the only American company up there.

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The only thing American about an Iphone is the software, the SOC design, and maybe the Qualcomm modems. All of the hardware components are sourced from Asia. Exactly the same for any Google Android phone.

Sure but they are still the only American company up there, I never specifically said made in America.

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Now that's momentum. Sucks for LG and the "others" who are getting beat down by the big boys and smacked up by the small guys.

Damn and I thought LG was doing good. Just like HTC they have released good product but people are not buying.

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If it is between buying a cheap Chinese device and a device from the US or Korea that costs two to three times as much, I think most would settle for the cheap Chinese device

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lol a Chinese phone which sends your data to a remote Chinese server(google this problem for xiaomi mi3) not to mention Chinese Phones update track record

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There is no proof of that accusation, while I'm sure it is possible, who says it is not happening already? And how would you know if it was?

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how in the heck is LG down year-over-year?

Are people really not buying N5'2, G2's, and G3's?

Why the heck not? All 3 are fantastic phones.

ummm... I ordered my n5 on release day and it has been nothing but sweet and kind to me since... don't really understand why yours sucks.

Maybe if you weren't talking trash behind your phones back, it would be nicer to you?

They are not down based on actual sales, just on percentage of sales.

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I want to be spied on by american spy, because is all about american jobs. I don't want NSA employees getting outsourced to India. Buy american.