Xiaomi sells 1 million phones in 18 days in India, aims to be No. 1 in 5 years

Xiaomi has declared that the company has sold 1 million (1,000,000) smartphones in India in just 18 days. This feat was achieved between October 1 to 18 as a result of heavy discounts on Xiaomi products during the festive season. Xiaomi sold a whopping 500,000 smartphones in less than three days (October 1 - 3) which marked the beginning of the biggest shopping festival in India.

Among the 1 million phones sold by Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 3 is surely the best-seller among their catalogue. It comes in two variants and both of them are included in our best smartphones under 10000 and best smartphones under 15000 segment. Xiaomi must have also sold a lot of Mi 5, their flagship smartphone during this sale as it was available at a heavily discounted price. The latest phablet to be launched by the company is the Mi Max Prime that has been priced at Rs. 19,999.

Xiaomi aims to take the No. 1 position in India in the next 3-5 years. Have a look at the open letter below which was written by CEO Lei Jun to its employees in order to celebrate this epic milestone.

Yesterday we set an incredible record in India by selling more than 1 million smartphones within 18 days. On behalf of Xiaomi’s management, I’d like to congratulate the entire Mi India team for this outstanding performance.

A big round of thanks to Manu and Hugo for their outstanding leadership, to everyone at Mi India for their dedication, and to the business teams in China for their support. I am extremely proud of each one of you! I would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all our partners in India, especially Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal, for their support.

And very importantly, I wish to thank every Indian Mi fan for the love they have shown to Xiaomi, which is the driving force behind our success.

India is an extremely important market in Xiaomi’s globalization strategy. It has become our largest market outside of mainland China. In the past two years, we have witnessed several exciting milestones in India:

August 2015: We became the first smartphone brand to participate in Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

  • July to August 2016: As per IDC, we became the #1 online smartphone brand in the country.
  • September 2016: As per IDC, we became the third-largest smartphone vendor within India’s Top 30 cities with 8.4% market share.
  • September 2016: Redmi Note 3 became the best-selling device in the online market with over 2.3 million devices sold in 6 months.

When we entered India, there was extremely fierce competition. We have achieved such extraordinary growth in India firstly because of our vision to bring innovation to everyone with our high-quality products at incredible prices. Secondly, we have an amazing team in India. We will continue investing in India to deliver the best products to our Mi fans — expanding our supply, ensuring the high quality of our products, and further improving our after-sales service.

The core of the Xiaomi model is creating high-quality products, making friends with our users, and operating our business extremely efficiently. This model has been proven in China. I believe that the Xiaomi model will resonate across the world, starting with India.

I am confident that with the sustained efforts of our entire Xiaomi family, we will be able to capture the largest market share in India within 3-5 years! Mi India, let’s make history together!

Thank you!

Lei Jun

On 19 Oct., 2016


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