Since its first flagship model was launched in August 2011, a total of over 57.36 million Xiaomi phones have been shipped as of today (The number is 52.3 million as of June 2014), according to the company.

Unsurprisingly, Mi 3, its third flagship phone launched in September 2013, is way less popular than Red Mi, a lower-spec and lower-cost model released two months before the Mi 3 launch but quickly gained traction, as you can see in the chart above. People don’t like Mi 3 for it’s more expensive, not well-designed, and the system doesn’t seem that stable.

Red Mi Note, a phablet launched in March this year, seems even more potential than Red Mi, for it’s way more cheaper and considered better designed than all of precious Xiaomi models. With 5.5″ HD IPS display, MTK octa-core processor, 3,100 mAh battery, the Red Mi Note was priced at 999 yuan (about US$160) at launch and now 799 yuan (about US$130) — less than half prices for Xiaomi flagship models.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com