China-based handset maker, Xiaomi has recorded 10 million smartphone sales in the second quarter of 2018. Xiaomi is the fifth-largest smartphone vendor globally and one of the most popular smartphone brand in India. Despite a limited presence outside of Asia, Xiaomi has been growing in stature with time.
New Record: 10 Million Smartphone Sales in Q2
Manu Kumar Jain, Managing Director at Xiaomi India announced the company’s new achievement via a tweet today.
Highest number of smartphones sold in any quarter by any brand in India! ?
That's right! @XiaomiIndia created history: ~10 Mn in Q2.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) July 24, 2018
It seems like Xiaomi is set to go head-on with the likes of smartphone giants like Samsung and Apple in the greater reaches of the smartphone market. The Chinese company overtook Samsung to become the largest smartphone brand in India, as per last year’s statistics. The company is gradually making its way to the European markets. The company has recently made its way to Italy with its first Mi Store in Milan. With this new record, Xiaomi aces the department of selling the highest number of smartphones sold by any brand in any quarter in India.
Samsung Catches up With Xiaomi’s Record
Chasing Xiaomi’s record-high sales, Samsung has also registered a new high in its smartphone sales record. According to a report from Singapore-based market research firm, Samsung shipped 9.9 million smartphones in India in the second quarter of 2018, registering almost 50% annual growth rate, which is its personal best since the fourth quarter of 2015. Judging by the numbers, Samsung is only a hair behind Xiaomi in terms of sales record. With over 33 million smartphone shipments in India, the two companies together account for 60% of total shipments, which is up from 43% last year. Going by the report, in quarter one of 2018, Xiaomi shipped over nine million units, allowing it to hold a market share of over 31%. Samsung, on the other hand, had a 26.2% share after shipping just under 7.5 million smartphones. The best-selling smartphone in Q2 this year was the Xiaomi Redmi 5A with 3.3 million units shipped, which gave it a decent edge over Samsung’s best seller offering- the Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) with 2.3 million shipped.
Xiaomi’s Best Selling Smartphone in Q2: Redmi 5A
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is a basic smartphone designed for the initial smartphone users in the country. The smartphone features entry-level hardware and packs decent specifications for a budget phone. The device ships with a standard bar design with the power button and the volume rockers on the right. It sports a brushed metal rear panel.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A sports a 5-inch HD IPS display with an aspect ratio of 16:9 which is bright and reproduces detailed images. The outdoor legibility under bright sunlight is not that great, but the issue can be ignored for smartphones under this price segment.
For imaging, the smartphone is bundled with a 13-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The primary camera comes with an LED flash which ensures to capture decent images and videos in poor-lighting conditions while the front camera is good enough for selfies and video calling. Under the hood, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is armed with a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 which is coupled with 3GB of RAM to ensure a seamless smartphone experience. The device is fuelled by a non-removable Li-Po 3,000mAh battery which can last the entire day under normal usage. On the software front, the smartphone runs MIUI 9 wrapped under Android 7.1.2 Nougat. The connectivity options that come with the Redmi 5A include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Infrared, and a microUSB 2.0 port. For storage, the smartphone has two options- a 16GB onboard storage variant and a 32GB variant. You can further expand it up to 256GB via a microSD card. The sensors onboard include an accelerometer and a proximity sensor. The smartphone comes in multiple color options- Gold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold, Blue.
Xiaomi has gained extreme popularity in India in the last couple of years. The devices from Xiaomi are durable, ensure quality and above all, affordable. The company is also doing great with its other offerings like TVs, Mi fitness bands, and digital services.
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