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“We have created a miracle,” declared co-founder Bin Lin in a Facebook post that said Xiaomi’s turnover rose 135% to 74.3 billion yuan (£7.8 billion) and it sold 61.1 million smartphones, up 227%.
Xiaomi gave no details about profits but the company has become the market leader in China and eclipsed rivals such as Huawei, BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Nokia to be the number three global player behind Apple and Samsung.
The Chinese firm claims to be “the world’s most valuable tech start-up” after it was valued at $45 billion (£29.4 billion) last week — more than Uber’s $40 billion — when it raised $1.1 billion from investors, including early Facebook backer Yuri Milner’s DST. Xiaomi, which launched in April 2010, wants to expand overseas and aims to sell 100 million phones this year. It has offices in seven Asian countries at present.
Benedict Evans of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz said Xiaomi faces challenges. “Scaling up to top-tier volumes and international sales and support is going to be very expensive,” he added.