Lin Bin, president of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, expected Xiaomi phone shipments to double next year. He said so at Xiaomi’s first festival forfans in Taiwan on December 7th, according to local media in Taiwan. He estimated that the growth will be driven by Xiaomi’s overseas expansion, LTE, etc.
Xiaomi plans to expand to Southeast market in 2014. It is reported that a branch office will be set up in Singapore then. Xiaomi phones will support LTE next year, according to Lin.
Lin disclosed that the shipments in 2013 could total 18 – 19 million. Over two million Xiaomi phones were sold in the past November. The number for this month will be 3.3 million. The company started taking pre-orders of RedMi, the latest low-cost Xiaomi phone, yesterday in Taiwan. Ten thousand RedMi was sold out in less than ten minutes, the company announced it on the Facebook Page of Xiaomi Taiwan. In Taiwan Xiaomi partners with local telecom operator FET and a local logistics company.