Xiaomi Sales in India Pass $1 Billion
Xiaomi surpassed $1 billion in annual India revenue two years after selling its first smartphone in the country, according to Bloomberg. The company said it grew shipments by almost 150 percent in 2016, selling two million smartphones in the third quarter alone. The company had focused on India since failing to meet sales targets and dropping to number four in a home market it once led.
India is increasingly attracting foreign players as global demand stagnates. Apple is said to be exploring ways to expand its business there. Chinese companies in particular went on an advertising blitz in 2016, touting superior specifications at affordable prices. That helped Chinese brands from Xiaomi and Oppo to Lenovo account for 51 percent of smartphone shipments in November, according to Counterpoint Research. Samsung held onto top spot in the country.
Xiaomi assembles over three-quarters of its Indian smartphones in the country under the government’s “Make in India” program. Oppo, currently the sales leader in China, is planning to invest $217 million on its own industrial park in India within two to three years, with an initial output of 50 million units, Caixin reported last month. This week, local rival OnePlus will open its first store in India, in Bangalore.