Xiaomi was the largest China-based smartphone manufacturer in 2015, at least as far as market share gore goes. Huawei was close second, and the two companies have been battling it out in China ever since. According to the latest market info, Xiaomi is still in the lead, and it seems like the company managed to increase their shipments in the second quarter of this year, which essentially means they’ve managed to address some issues that they’ve been having in the past, read on.
We’ve been talking about Xiaomi’s production capacity for quite some time now. This company tends to release quite a few handsets in China a year, and pretty much sell all of them through flash sales first because of the high demand, they simply cannot manufacture enough devices (at once) to keep them in stock. Xiaomi had managed to increase the production capacity for their Mi 5 smartphone after the company’s CEO, Lei Jun, took things into his own hands. Inventec basically decided to step in and increase the Mi 5 production capacity, up to that point Xiaomi was able to manufacture 700,000 Mi 5 units per month, but after Inventec stepped in, that number jumped quite a bit, Xiaomi is now able to manufacture slightly over 1 million Mi 5 handsets per month.
Having that in mind, it seems like Lei Jun managed to help the company increase their shipments in general. According to the secretary of the Chinese smartphone alliance, the company’s shipments have improved significantly in the second quarter this year, Xiaomi had managed to ship 6 million devices every month last quarter (18 million overall). The company has managed to sell quite a few Redmi 3S handsets, and the Mi 5 is finally available for open purchase. The increased production capacity will surely come in handy for Xiaomi considering the fact that they allegedly plan to release two new high-end devices soon. The Mi 5s and the Mi Note 2 devices are said to be coming, and it will be interesting to see how long will it take Xiaomi to offer these two phones to everyone and step away from the flash sale model. We’re pretty sure Xiaomi will be forced to sell those two handsets through flash sales at first once again, but they should be able to counter demand quicker this time around.