Xiaomi has two phones in the top 10 global list of best selling devices

by: Gary SimsApril 4, 2014

Xiaomi-red-riceA glance at any list of top 10 phone makers is guaranteed to include Apple and Samsung and peppered around the list you would expect to see other big names like Sony, LG and HTC. But, that was before Xiaomi. According to new market research released by Counterpoint, an independent market research company, the list of 10 top selling smartphones for February 2014 includes not one, but two devices by Xiaomi.

The top of the list looks very much like you would expect. First comes the iPhone 5S and then the iPhone 5C and in third Samsung Galaxy S4. Apple and Samsung then jostle for the next few slots with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 taking the 4th position, then the iPhone4S and finally back to Samsung for the Galaxy S4 mini.

One of those employees is none other than Google's ex-Android Vice President, Hugo Barra.

So Apple and Samsung have the top 6 places secured. But who would you expect in the 7th spot? Sony? LG? HTC? The surprise entry at number 7 is Xiaomi with its Hongmi (Redrice) smartphone. This is an amazing achievement by Xiaomi. Especially when you consider that the company was only founded in 2010.

Currently the smartphone maker is valued at over $10 billion and has over 3,000 employees. One of those employees is none other than Google’s ex-Android Vice President, Hugo Barra. As the new Vice President of Xiaomi Global, Hugo Barro joined Xiaomi at the end of last year  to help it expand its product portfolio and business across the world.

Xiaomi launched its quad-core Hongmi (Redrice) back in August 2013 and if Counterpoint are right it looks like they have been selling like hot (rice) cakes. The Hongmi is a 4.7 inch device powered by a  1.5GHz quad-core Mediatek Cortex-A7 processor. It has a PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, and a 2000 mAh battery. The dual-SIM phone only comes with 4GB on internal storage but it does have an SD card slot. One thing that makes the device unique is that it runs the Android-based MIUI firmware.


In 8th place on Counterpoint’s list is Samsung again with the trusty Galaxy S3 and Samsung come back again with the Galaxy S3 mini for 9th place. To round off the top 10 Xiamoi make another appearance with its MI3 phone.

The MI3 is Xiaomi’s current flagship phone. It comes with a 5-inch full HD display, 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. The device is powered by a 1.8 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor or 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor depending on which radio frequencies need to be supported. To round off the package there is a 13MP Sony Exmore RCMOS rear camera and a nice 3,050 mAh battery. Like the Hongmi, the MI3 runs MIUI.

So what does this mean for the future? One thing is for sure, if Hugo Barro can turn Xiaomi into a truly global brand then Apple and Samsung had better watch out!

  • MasterMuffin

    Wait iPhone 5C is second? I don’t even…

    • Jayfeather787

      Just proves the majority in this world are the fools. :)

      • Andrew T Roach

        No that’s your own self righteous arrogance and self delusion. It’s selling well because it’s available everywhere and has an advertising budget. Just like the Samsung devices.

        Don’t be jealous because the brand you arbitrarily align with doesn’t win a meaningless popularity contest.

        • Socrates

          I’m not sure which one have self delusion here..

        • I think this has more to do with the fact that the iPhone 5C is basically an iPhone 5 with a Fisher-Price body… for basically the same price.

        • @sexyhamthing

          its cheaper to get a second hand iphone 5…. same phone… nicer build, people are silly

      • Antu

        Lol, I’m more curious with validity of those ‘research’.
        Don’t you feel strange there’s only 3 manufacturers listed there ?

        I’m sure this is just like other market ‘research’ so far, they’re more publicity stunt.
        Probably they just randomly pick people from street corner in Beijing or somewhere.. lol


      I always thought it was the “Premium” feel of the iphone which made the iphone popular but seeing iphone 5c on top confirms.. i sheeps are just blind followers :s

      • MasterMuffin

        But Apple uses polycarbonate, it’s different!

        But seriously, a phone can be premium even if it’s made of plastic

        • bob

          5c can, but galaxy phones and other plastic phones cant. they lack the build quality. try and youll see for yourself. or you just dont differentiate that kind of thing, some would say ‘lack of taste’

          • MasterMuffin

            Can I have an honest (not troll) opinion of yours about the build quality of Lumia phones then?

            Tip for trolling for you: I know your username by now so I don’t get mad at you. You are a guest so you can have whatever username you want, so try changing it to make your trolling more efficient and powerful

          • bob

            nokia has 20 years of experience in mobile segment, of course nokia phones are well built masterpieces. sony also. htc is in a league of its own, just a notch below iphone

            what im saying is you cant say the same about samsung, THE BEST selling one…

            and why am i trolling? say one thing i said that was wrong, incorrect. you need to differentiate between trolling and things you dont want to hear. im not purposely trying to make you mad, im just stating the obvious (only to me appearently).

            the bottom line, the YOUNGEST phone manufacturer of them ALL builds the BEST quality phones (including the plastic model). you know of who im talking about. how can that be? please tell me

          • MasterMuffin

            Happy with that answer, you actually put thought in that :) It’s your offensive way of talking and stating your opinions as facts in all your comments that makes me feel like you’re a troll.

            Edit. And don’t get me wrong, I agree that Samsung may not be the most premium manufacturer!

          • bill.gates

            Arrogant and self delusion. Typical sheep.

          • Andrew T Roach

            Good god you’re condescending. People who cry troll ARE the trolls.

          • MasterMuffin

            I thought he is a troll, because every comment I’ve seen from him has had something negative against Android (and often not true).

            Yea I’m a little condescending, rough week and I just feel angry most of the time :(

        • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

          I’ve felt an iPhone 5C and I thought that it felt cheap.

          • MasterMuffin

            I’ve had a 5C in my hand too and I thought it felt good, it’s just damn small

          • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

            I thought that it felt the same as my Samsung phone. I only held it for a short amount of time so I may be wrong.

    • THatch

      Polycarbonate is great! When Apple does it.

      It is popular because it is simple and cheap (for an apple device).

      That said I like the note 3 over anything else.

  • sfadas

    lol do we expect the 5c to be second this seems unbelievable lol.

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      In the article it almost says it’s tied in first.

      • sfadas

        i have not seen a single 5c in the wild, 5S yes and note 3s but not 5c’s lol

        • THatch

          That is weird. In my town I see 2 to 3 5c’s for every other phone.

          • sfadas

            and what town is that??? are you sure? in the middle east i havent seen a single one, nada.

          • THatch

            I bet you have never heard of it, Morgan, Utah. Small farm town, I live here because it is near family, not because I farm.

  • Roberto Tomás

    these lists are useless, they are monthly trends. best selling phones are probably .. the top 3-4 are probably all samsung, but then the rest are apple.


      How are these lists useless?
      They indicate the actual number of sales of the phones not shipments. its a big achievement for Xiaomi
      But iphone 5c second :s how is that frekin possible

      • Roberto Tomás

        well they indicate short term trends .. monthly sales. but during the first month of anything its sales will spike. new, late releases in large nations like Brazil will also cause them to spike.

        • EHSAN KHAN

          I agree one month trend may be considered as short term but if it was so easy why isnt sony, lg, htc etc on the board?
          and im sure that the sales numbers are in millions not a small number.
          As the article suggest its a big achievement for a small company like xiaomi to even come in this list for even a month.
          Also mi3 and redrice arnt exactly “NEW” releases

          • Roberto Tomás

            “if it was so easy why isnt sony, lg, htc etc on the board?”

            that points to exactly the weakness I was referring to. because of the month… the data varies too much at a monthly rate to be very useful. If you dont like these numbers, just chose a different month.

    • Andrew T Roach

      Your assumptions are useless. Market research however is quite informative.

      • Roberto Tomás

        yea well market research isn’t just one hand-picked moment’s data, it shows trends. This data *is* cherry picked, and does not even show a trend.

      • THatch

        I have to agree with Roberto. This is labeled as a market trend. While I am a huge fan of market research, this is one you should take with a grain of salt.

    • Astridax

      Isn’t it possible that these sales figures could be the top cumulative sales figures up to February 2014 than peak sales figures of phones only sold in February 2014. The reason I suggest this is I highly doubt the S3 mini was a high selling phone in February 2014.

      If this data is cumulative it would be an excellent achievement for Xiaomi to be in that list against far bigger players, especially given that they don’t really have world wide distribution yet.

      In addition, they are only rankings, we have no way of seeing the distribution (i.e market share) of the devices in this table. The top three for example could see 80% of sales and the other 7 only 20%.

  • Mhmd Ahmd

    Wait iPhone 5C is second? I don’t even…


  • ryq24

    Just goes to show how important the chinese market is!

  • jesme

    how is this all possible has to be by sells the s3 islike 96cents at some places ands4 has more problems than all of them. I have a LG flex and its great

  • M. Salman

    where is HTC One??? best smartphone of 2013?? and what the hell is s3 & s4 mini doing in the list??

    • Jesus

      “best” smartphone is subjective. We are talking about the “best selling” smartphones in the world.

      …and to be frank, it’s a battle between Samsung and Apple, (and the juganaughts in China, whatever they are); the rest are negligible.

  • dandroid13

    LOL, HTC never will best sell anything.

  • Groud Frank

    This is amazing. Xiaomi is not even a phone maker; it’s not even an OEM and it is doing this good. Unbelievable. No Sony, No HTC? Yikes! The fact that the 5c is second proves that people will buy anything with ‘Apple’ on it and/or that Brand loyalty is a powerful force for companies.

    • Andrew T Roach

      There is no quality gap between a device like this and a Samsung device. Same quality of camera and SoC at half the price.

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  • N4

    It’s not surprising Apple being 1st and 2nd. They offered big discounts if a company do a volume purchase.

  • N4

    With all their big discount to company/corporate volume purchases, its not surprising Apple making it to the top of the list.

  • Adon

    Look like Some people got paid. WORLDWIDE SALES/ BRAND FRIENDLYNESS and availability. Apple is Far from that, oversees Apple phones sales up to 4 times what you by in the USA. Xiaomi? Xiaomi WHO,lol. You should just say Best SELLING phones in CHINA. Stop lying lol. The list would have been Samsung,LG, Nokia,maybe even Blackberry (yes they are still popular in developing countries) or Lenovo,than Apple. Xiaomi,thats CHINA. Next story please, As for the 5C its barely doing number,its not that cheap,most consumers just a 5s or 5,even the 4S is better.

  • bakakun028

    Absolutely disgusting

  • Fred Chiang

    these statistics seem sketchy to me :/

  • Buddy

    I dont understand whats special in this phone, that made this much sales??

  • xd feng

    The FPC cable has good heat resistance, heat dissipation and great capability of transmisson. These good features of rigid flex circuits keep the operation of our system steadier and more productive.

  • yeahman45

    hi androidauthority, can you review the xiami mi3?