The second-most valuable startup in the world is in trouble
By comparison, Xiaomi sold and shipped 60 million phones last year, beating its projection of 40 million. Xiaomi sells low-cost, high-quality phones, which sell for about $100-$300. Meanwhile, iPhones sell for $650-$1,000. According to data published in August, Xiaomi was China's top smartphone company in China in Q2 2015.Besides withering hype, there are a number of factors contributing to Xiaomi's slowdown - China's smartphone market is saturated with competing brands like Huawei and OnePlus. Additionally, Xiaomi hasn't completely expanded globally yet - its markets include China, India, Brazil, and some emerging markets, with plans to launch in the US in "a few years."
Known as the "Apple of China" for its immense popularity in the country, Xiaomi has been criticized for its similarities to the American tech giant. Apple design chief Jony Ive once called Xiaomi's designs "theft." (Xiaomi denies the claim).In the past five years, Xiaomi has come out of nowhere to become not only one of China's biggest smartphone manufacturers, but also one of the most valuable startups in the world, with an eye-popping $46 billion valuation.Xiaomi is known for selling its cheap, but high-quality Android devices in developing countries. It also makes a number of other products, including fitness trackers.
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