Xiaomi becomes world’s second biggest smartphone maker in Q2, beats Apple : report

The event marks a significant achievement for Xiaomi as this is the first time the company has entered the top two ranks.

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has beaten Apple in smartphone sales to become the second-biggest producer of smartphones in the world. According to data released by technology analysis firm Canalys, Xiaomi sold the second largest number of phones in the second quarter of 2021 with a market share of 17%. Samsung continues to remain the top smartphone maker, possessing a market share of 19% in global mobile sales.

The event marks a significant achievement for Xiaomi as this is the first time the company has entered the top two ranks. According to the figures provided by Canalys, Xiaomi captured a market share of 17% in Q2, an increase of 83% year-over-year(YoY). Samsung led the way in global smartphone sales with a market share of 19% while Apple was relegated to the fourth position with a 14% market share. Xiaomi’s Chinese competitors, Oppo and Vivo recorded market shares of about 10% each.

Xiaomi’s rise in the second quarter was powered by an over 300% increase in shipments in Latin America, 150% in Africa, and 50% in Western Europe. If the Chinese smartphone maker continues to grow at the current pace, it will be on course to outpace Samsung as well. However, it is likely to face stiff competition from the likes of Oppo, Vivo, and One Plus. All four Chinese smartphone makers have benefited immensely from Huawei’s exit from the premium smartphone category.

According to Canalys, Xiaomi must focus on growing sales for its premium offerings like the  Mi 11 Ultra.

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