Xiaomi will be India's biggest cell phone supplier in two years: CEO

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2014 20:15 IST

The four-year-old Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi will become the biggest cell phone supplier to India in two years, the company's top official said at an international internet forum in eastern China on Thursday.

According to Chinese state media, Xiaomi's CEO, Lei June, made the forecast while speaking at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen in Zhejiang province in eastern China.

Details about his speech were not available on the government-run website China.org.cn but Lei's quote indicated that smart phone company, now third in the world after the US's Apple and South Korean Samsung, was making India a focus area to rapidly expand their international footprint.

The company launched its products in India for the first time earlier this year and have fared well so far despite fears over data security.

It is likely to launch newer models of mobiles - already available in China - in India soon.

For one, next week, it is launching a model called Redmi-1S (called Hongmi in China) in India.

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