Xiaomi is, next to Huawei, China's largest smartphone manufacturer at the moment. This company has managed to sell 70 million smartphones last year, which made the company quite a success despite the fact they failed to reach 80 million units sold as they've planned. Xiaomi intends to improve upon such results this year, and they've already introduced a couple of really compelling devices. The company's Mi 5 flagship was introduced back in February, and the Redmi 3 Pro handset has arrived quite recently as well. That being said, the first 2016 Xiaomi sales report is in, read on.
This information comes from Kevin Wang, a well-known China-based analyst who works for IHS Technology. According to Mr. Wang, Xiaomi has managed to sell 14.8 million devices in the first quarter, and that includes sales outside of China as well. Now, this is an almost identical result to last year, as Xiaomi managed to ship out 14.98 million devices in the first quarter of 2015. These are not bad results for Xiaomi by any means, especially considering the fact that Xiaomi Mi 5 is still available only through flash sales, Xiaomi's overall sales are expected to increase quite a bit once the Mi 5 becomes available at a larger scale, not to mention India Mi 5 sales. The Redmi 3 Pro will quite probably also going to be quite an interesting device to follow in the coming months, and the company plans to introduce quite a few more devices in the coming months. The Xiaomi Max will arrive soon as well, and the Mi Note 2 is expected to be announced in the second half of the year.
That being said, it will be interesting to see Xiaomi's H1 results this year, once the Mi 5 sales really begin to impact the company's overall sales. Xiaomi's devices are still quite limited in terms of availability, Xiaomi officially sells their products in specific markets only, and we do expect the company to expand their availability this year, and that might increase their sales exponentially. China and India are Xiaomi's most important markets, and even though those are the two largest smartphone markets int he world, Huawei has a significant edge when availability is concerned as they already sell their devices all over the world. Either way, stay tuned, we'll keep you updated.