Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi has big plans for the new year

Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi has big plans for the new year
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has its work cut out for it in 2014, according to a tweet sent out by the company. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun expects his firm to ship 40 million smartphones in the new year. That would be double the 20 million that Xiaomi shipped in 2013. Covering all the bases has been a key to the success of the OEM, starting with the low priced Xiaomi Hongmi, also known as the Red Rice. This is a quad-core powered handset (using a MediaTek processor, of course) that is filled with just $85 worth of materials and is priced at the equivalent of $130 USD.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Xiaomi Mi3. This is a high-end model with a 5 inch LCD glass and a 1080 x 1920 resolution. A version of the phone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 scored a whopping 37,273 on the AnTuTu benchmark site. Not bad for a phone priced at ¥1999 ($280 USD).

Xiaomi is expected to have a lot to say at CES with speculation that a model for U.S. consumers will be announced. Currently, Xiaomi handsets are found in Asian markets, but if the company does have the lofty goal of shipping 40 million units this year, it probably will have to expand its presence to the U.S. and Europe in 2014

source: @XiaomiChina, fonearena via IntoMobile

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