Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has restructured its mobile phone business group amid increased competition in the Chinese market, Tencent Tech reports (in Chinese). The move comes one month after the company spun off its budget smartphone sub-brand Redmi.

A new advisory team will be set up under the smartphone business group and led by Zhu Lei, formerly head of sales, combined with an operational team controlling product expenses within the company. Chinese media cited Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun as saying that the restructuring aims to enhance the company’s operation and strategy in its smartphone business.

At the same time, Xiaomi established a department to conduct research and development into new technologies for touch control of mobile phone displays. Lei Jun made the announcements in an internal letter to employees. A Xiaomi spokesperson confirmed the moves to TechNode.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen