Xiaomi passes Apple to become the 2nd biggest smartphone company in China

Xiaomi passes Apple to become the 2nd biggest smartphone company in China
Xiaomi has been called out a few times for being an Apple copycat. The company has denied these claims, but has admitted that Apple is an "inspiration". When you look at the market though, Xiaomi is growing much faster, and has passed Apple to become the 2nd biggest smartphone company in China. So, if Xiaomi is a copycat, it has found a way to be more popular than the original (be less expensive.)

According to the newest data from the Kantar Worldpanel ComTech report, which covers the odd span of January to May 2014, Xiaomi made up 21% of smartphone sales in China. This puts the company solidly ahead of Apple, which stands at 16% of smartphone sales, but still behind of Samsung. Samsung is at 23% of smartphone sales in China; so, Xiaomi is closing in on Samsung, and could well become the number one manufacturer soon enough. 

Interestingly, Xiaomi is getting the vast majority of its sales from users who are upgrading from an older smartphone, rather than attracting feature phone users. Kantar says that 70% of Xiaomi buyers are upgrading from another smartphone, and 20% are upgrading from an older Xiaomi device. Most of those who switched came from Samsung, which pushes the idea that Xiaomi could soon become number one in the Chinese market. 

source: Kantar via The Next Web

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31 Comments

1. Totse2k15

Posts: 477; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Congrats! Gl being #1.

3. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I agr. Xi r d bst. P.O.

21. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Pricing and limitation to iOS that's the main culprit to apples downfall.

16. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Like most of Micheal H's articles, there are so many things wrong with this article, I don't know where to start. First of all, this article was not based on any shipments or sales, it's based on "research panel of 15,000 individuals." I doubt 15,000 out of billion people represents the whole country. Second, Micheal H. stated that "Most of those who switched came from Samsung." This is only partly true, because referenced article stated, "new Xiaomi customers switched over mainly from Samsung AND OTHER LOCAL smartphone brands(Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Coolpad, Oppo)." And, I doubt Xiaomi has ~20% of the Chinese market, because I don't think they even have the capacity to produce that many phones. Translation: don't trust everything you read, especially PA articles.

28. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

I completely agree. But that's his job. He takes an article from a website then rework it to be more interesting to read. Even it means exaggeration.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Xiaomi def does it right when they try to tap into the big market in China.

4. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Good Job Hugo.

5. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Go Xiaomi! Hope you make a high end phablet.

6. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Nice for them.

7. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

They will surely surpass Sammy as mi4 is available now. They deserve it.

8. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Hope things like this happen to HTC :) They Deserve Better Too :)

9. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I personally don't trust China Spyware phones.

10. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

No kidding, this article followed up by one noting Xiaomi Redmi Note is sending photos and text to Chinese servers! NSA already has enough of my data on their services so I'd rather not supply another country.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its already been explained. XiaoMi has their own MiCloud service that backup contact, sms, photo..etc. It also support their own version of Find my phone. These service is optional and is by default disable, during the phone setup page user can opt to skip the creation of Mi Account. Even after MiCloud account there are individual setting to enable/disable each types of backup. MiCloud service offered 10GB of storage space to their user. Their servers are at China so if you are uncomfortable just don't sign up for the account. I have sign up MiCloud services and i put the same amount of trust on XiaoMi and Google services which is zero.

24. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Stop being stupid please? Article about spying clearly stated that even if you turn of micloud , backups continue to happen and also on a different secret server. Moreover even if you install a custon rom backup continue. So it means that spying mechanism is installed deep within the phone and you cannot do sh!t about it

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Stupid for a person that claim to know everything without owning an actual Redmi Note. http://en.miui.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=30920&extra=page%3D1&mobile=2

26. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

So a bunch of idiots are more knowledgeable now? Or maybe .. stupidest of the stupids are always considered smart in your world. http://mblog.gsmarena.com/xiaomi-secretly-sending-info-chinese-servers/ Read the FEATURED COMMENT.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I disagree with you and therefore i am considered stupid. If you are afraid of data snooping don't use the internet period. No platform is safe from data snooping. I give the same level of trust to China, US, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung. I use data encryption on my sensitive data and are savvy enough to adapt to new threat. XiaoMi products are sold out in seconds and personally i will continue to use them.

31. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Lol .. I am afraid of data snooping so I shouldn't use Internet. Thanks but no thanks for your suggestion. I wouls rather choose a real branded phone from a company who respects the privacy of users. I agree that android being open ..has many threats towards it.. bit that doesnt mean phone oems have to help.. I would prefer using Samsung sony or htc who respect their customers than this cheap chinese fcuk

30. AlikMalix unregistered

I was reading about the same thing 20 minutes ago. Good catch.

11. azzak

Posts: 26; Member since: May 15, 2014

i hope when xiaomi become no.1 soon, they not increasing their devices price like the samsung did..

12. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

No surprise there . Comparing their phones to Apple its an easy call. That's what i'e been saying and yet people don't believe me when sales speaks for themselves. Like i said don't hate the player hate the game. I'm just repeating what the article is saying. I would love to try their phones if only they sell their phones and have it optimized for T-mobile network. Xiaomi actually can compete against other OEMS unlike Apple. Can't compete to save their sorry ass for a company. Having a bigger phone won't save them. You are only having more icons just like the tablets versions. Bland boring and not innovating. Only thinking about themselves.

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2946; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Strong hate :) I'm wondering if you can post this again once Apple anounces their 10M iPhone 6 sales during its opening weekend.

14. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

You have to admit his rant was pretty funny though. We both knew someone would eventually leave a comment like that.

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

. Although iPhone is the only Apple product they use, they give long lectures on how all Apple products are superior. 2. Treat other huge brands like Samsung and Nokia like they are fake Chinese brands. 3. Every time there’s a discussion on phones they parrot the line ‘If you don’t have an iPhone then you don’t have iPhone.’ 4. Cover up the iPhone with such tacky looking covers that even Steve Jobs wouldn’t be able to recognize it. 5. They look down upon Android users as though they have some contractible disease. 6. They go on and on about the amazing productivity of an iPhone but in reality only use it play Candy Crush. 7. Even if the topic of conversation is ‘global warming’ or ‘terrorism’, they bring it back to how cool their iPhone is. 8. Their selfie-habit becomes even more out of control once they have an iPhone. 9.They automatically form a cosmic bond with fellow iPhone users around them. 10. Anytime a non-iPhone user asks if they have a normal phone charger, they respond with a condescending “Uh-hello. I have an iPhone”.

19. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Spam.

23. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

No its not, it relates to post 13

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

We've all heard it before: that Apple users are mindless iZomies incapable of thinking for themselves. That they'll buy any polished turd because it has an Apple logo on it. That they're slavishly devoted to the brand. Apple as cult is an outmoded concept, a worn-out trope and a really lazy way to understand the company's appeal. And I'd really like to see that description of Apple stop. That's why Apple iPhones sells well. Broski. Lol

29. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Not everyone, but there are definitely iZombies out there. Some people would by a $50 watch for $400 if it had an Apple logo on it.

15. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Razor and blades business model means ......... ''but there's a catch"

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