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Samsung is no longer China's leading smartphone vendor, Xiaomi took its place

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Samsung is no longer China's leading smartphone vendor, Xiaomi took its place
Last week, we told you that Xiaomi had surpassed LG to become the world’s fifth largest smartphone maker in the second quarter of this year (April - June). Reportedly, the company shipped 15.1 million handsets during Q2 2014, almost four times more than it did in Q2 2013. Most of these devices were shipped in China, and now we’re seeing that this helped Xiaomi dethrone Samsung to become the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the country.

According to Canalys, Xiaomi shipped 14.99 million smartphones in China last quarter, while Samsung shipped 13.22 million - thus falling to the second place. Although Apple is selling a lot if iPhones in China, it’s now included in the “others” category, seemingly not making it to top 5. Speaking of it, the top also includes Lenovo, Yulong and Huawei - all being Chinese companies.

Xiaomi recently started selling its smartphones in more markets, including India, while also launching a new flagship: the Mi4 (pictured above, currently available only in China). The company’s key to success is selling products at low prices. Even its high-end smartphones are affordable - for example, the Mi 4 costs as low as $320 in China, while offering features like a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, and a “premium” metal construction.

It will be interesting to see how much Xiaomi can still grow. Can it become one of the world’s top three smartphone makers, alongside Samsung and Apple? Right now, its rapid ascension suggests that it can. But we’ll see what happens.

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posted on 04 Aug 2014, 14:50 7

1. CyberFalcon (Posts: 223; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)

Keep up the good work Xiaomi...

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 15:56 10

10. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)

Good news. It is pleasing to see that Samsung gets beaten by its own strategy. I am not worried about Samsung. They won't disappear. The company just gets trimmed to the size it deserves to be.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 17:09 5

11. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Samsung's strategy isn't to sell all phones dirt cheap and rely on flash sales to build hype.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 18:41 2

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I support both brands. Samsung bring in new type of gadgets at a fast rate.

XiaoMi offer amazing value for establish ones.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 12:00

30. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)

Really? Compare what Samsung did a couple of years ago when the iPhone was new with what the Chinese vendors do today.Samsung did the same (apart from the flash sales, but only Xiaomi does that to my best knowledge).

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 14:54 5

2. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

Way to go Xiaoping, you can still have high specs at an affordable price. We

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 15:02 1

4. mss1988 (Posts: 36; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

:D it does make sense even with autocorrect ;) :D

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 14:55 3

3. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

Dam that auto correct

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 15:03 2

5. Ninetysix (Posts: 2672; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

More data collected by the goverment the better.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 15:41 8

8. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

US government, or China's? Apple, Google, and the US carriers already supplied the US government with everything they need. The story last week from GSM Arena about Xiaomi has already been de-bunked so at least all your info stays in this country!

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 15:43 1

9. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

> Implying Chinese companies dont give the government any and all data they want.

Son, I think you need to open your eyes.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 17:50

14. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)

You can't be that nieve to think that China and all other countries aren't doing the same.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 18:45 1

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

All government does the snooping when necessary. Hell, i don't think they would even allow the selling of a mobile device that is so secure that even they could't crack it.

Grow up! And welcome to the days after 911.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 15:03

6. karamelakimo (Posts: 109; Member since: 26 May 2014)

Soon will have a place in top 5 in world
Although it's Chinese but it's great phones really with low cost, I tried one and it's a great job
It will be funny if I tell you I prefer xiaomi over samsung

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 18:51 1

20. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Its no surprise that their software is more develop and streamline than Samsung Touchwiz.

XiaoMi is a Android Rom developer first before becoming a hardware manufacturer. MIUI roms are very popular during HTC Android reigns. Many people root their phone to flash their phones with MIUI.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 21:25

22. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Uh, no. The second they start selling phones officially in the EU, North America, or anywhere that values IP rights, they are dead meat. It won't just be Apple suing them, either, as you can bet Microsoft and others will be waiting in line to collect from Xiaomi.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 00:33

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

We shall see. Besides they are the top brand without EU and US.

US patent laws prohibit true innovation and value add which is the very nature of human evolution. China may overtake US in technological lead in the matter of years just like their jobs.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:35

28. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

One, patent laws, regardless of how screwy they are sometimes, do not inhibit innovation, they promote it. If you can slavishly copy another company's IP, there isn't as much need to actually innovate. If you cannot just put everything other companies do on a photocopier, then you have to find other ways to do things.

Two, China is a "me, too" nation, and they have added little in actual technological innovation. They aren't even close to overtaking the U.S., Germany, or any of the true seats of innovation. China 's greatest contribution to the world, in modern times, is cheap labor. You don't get to be called innovative when reverse engineering is your modus operandi.

Three, China has taken jobs because of massive numbers of bodies for cheap labor, just like other countries before them, and just like the next countries will do. As labor rates rise, manufacturers will look for the next place in the developing world to exploit their cheap labor. China is only unique in the number of cheap laborers it can supply, but so can Indonesia, India, and a few other countries.

Call me when most of China's homegrown products don't look like cheap rip offs of Western products.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 15:06 1

7. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

good, competition always good

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 17:26

12. Furbal (unregistered)

Good news...Samsung needs to up their game.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 17:39

13. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)

Perhaps SAMSUNG should start lowering their marketing budget now and slash their prices a bit.

You simply cannot compete with these China phones

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 17:58

15. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

That's mostly due to the fact that Xiaomi phones are cheap therefore they are attractive (in pricing). This doesn't mean they are better smartphones (obviously because of Chinese quality....)

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 18:59 3

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

To know the quality you need to use one. I use to be like that writing them off till i actually use their phone.

Everyone i demo the phone to are impress especially the smoothness and game performance running dead trigger, wild blood and other graphic intensive games.

XiaoMi spoil market is the word they use. Now i find it hard to pay Samsung price even when they have slightly better hardware.

Because Samsung software is infested with storage draining irremovable bloatware. However, thanks to the new gadget VR Gear i will still be getting their Note 4.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 18:19

16. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

Micromax too took over Samsung in India.

I dont know why i am unable to paste the links. I read it in fonearena

ok, here is a link from wikipedia


posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:15

27. derivativex (Posts: 176; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

I read only in handsets but samsung in smartphones still leads 25.3% versus 19.1

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 18:49 6

19. Andrewtst (Posts: 678; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Samsung sales is shrinking everywhere. Good as Samsung deserve it. How could Samsung keep selling cheap material cheap look phone in higher price.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 01:30

24. Cicero (Posts: 924; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

Did you notice that the selling numbers are so equals? So that means everything can happen in gaining podium.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:22

25. galanoth (Posts: 426; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)

How come no one quoted this article?
The Chinese government is helping the local manufacturers beat Apple and Samsung.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:39

26. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I don't think XiaoMi need any help with the asking price of Apple and Samsung.

I just wish i can buy tbe mi tv a 49 inch UHD for less than $650. Check it out yourself.


posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:13

29. hashimta123 (Posts: 12; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)

Samsung's strategy is really annoying.They release too many models with high rate and low on specs ; their flagship designs are very weak nowadays.

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