Before going public, Xiaomi set a target for itself to reach 100 million shipments in a year. This included all Xiaomi smartphones made by the company during 2018.
According to recent reports, the Chinese smartphone maker has managed to reach that target in 10 months. Xiaomi sold its 100 millionth smartphone of 2018 on October 26th.
Company founder and CEO, Lei Jun, announced this achievement at Zhong Guan Cun Forum in Beijing, China. He’s also the VP of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce.
Lei Jun noted that Xiaomi was the fastest growing company in China. He thanked his team for “continuous efforts in technological innovation and quality improvement over the years”.
The milestone was reached at 11:23pm on 26th Oct. Lei chose to announce this at the Zhong Guan Cun Science Park specifically as he founded the company there back in 2010.
Earlier this year, Xiaomi shipped close to 10 million devices in Q1 2018. The company sold 90 million smartphones back in 2017.
Xiaomi and Huawei’s Tussle
At the recent launch of Xiaomi’s latest Mi Mix phone, Lei Jun took a jab at Huawei, saying that the Mi Mix 3 has a better camera than the Huawei P20 Pro. He added that “the most expensive ones are not the best ones.”
This didn’t go unanswered by Huawei, as the VP of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, said that “Any smartphone maker cannot surpass Huawei’s P20 Pro in a short period of time. Only we can surpass ourselves.”
It’s important to mention here that this refers to DxOMark’s rating of the P20 Pro. The camera benchmarking site, DxOMark, is best known for ranking different smartphone cameras based on their performance and image quality. It awarded an overall score of 103 to the Mi Mix 3, giving the P20 Pro a score of 109, clearly in the latter’s favor.
Still, you should take DxOMark’s rating with a grain of salt as the company “consults” with smartphone brands to help improve their rating. It’s entirely possible that Huawei might have collaborated with DxOMark for P20 Pro’s scoring.