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Xiaomi shipped 190.3 million smartphones globally in 2021

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi released Q4 and 2021 earnings on Tuesday. Xiaomi smartphone shipments hit a new record, growing 30% year-over-year to 190.3 million units globally. Xiaomi’s 2021 revenue up 33.5% in a year to RMB 328.3 billion ($51.49 billion), while gross profit grew 58.5% to RMB 58.26 billion. The company earned RMB 85.58 billion in revenue in Q4 with a 29.4% quarterly growth. In addition, the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) and lifestyle products have also seen a 26.1% yearly increase. [Xiaomi press release]

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Xiaomi-backed home appliance maker researching EVs

Smartmi, a Chinese home appliance manufacturer backed by smartphone maker Xiaomi, has formed a small group researching electric vehicles (EVs) and is in the early phase, according to Xiaomi’s spokesman Wang Hua’s Tuesday Weibo post. Wang was responding to Chinese media reports of Smartmi considering making EVs, to which Wang said Xiaomi wasn’t aware. Wang added that Xiaomi is not involved in Smartmi’s decision-making process. [Wang Hua’s Weibo, in Chinese]

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Xiaomi joins up with Shell to sell accessories in Indian fuel stations

Xiaomi India will partner with Shell to sell Xiaomi products at Shell gas stations, according to a release from Xiaomi India. The stations will sell Xiaomi accessories like smart bands, earbuds, and beard trimmers. Shell has more than 283 fuel stations in India. Xiaomi accounts for a 21% share of the Indian smartphone market, shipping 9.3 million units in Q4 2021, according to Canalys. [CRN India]

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Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi to cut smartphone orders by 20%

Three major Chinese phone manufacturers, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, informed their suppliers that their order volume from July will be 20% less than expected, Nikkei Asia reported on Wednesday. The report cites sources who said that Xiaomi initially planned to ship 200 million smartphone units in 2022, but the company has since cut that number to 160-180 million. Vivo and Oppo reportedly informed suppliers that orders for the second and third quarters of 2022 will be 20% lower than expected. As the Shanghai lockdown continues, the report states that disrupted supply chains and weakened demand are considerations for supply reduction.

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Hefei in talks with Xiaomi to host EV plant

Officials in the east China city of Hefei are in talks with Xiaomi to set up an electric vehicle (EV) plant, 36Kr reports. Hefei-based JAC Motors is expected to assemble cars for Xiaomi, said the report. JAC Motors also assembles cars for Chinese EV maker Nio in Hefei. Xiaomi announced it would invest $10 billion into making EVs in March. Officials from cities including Xi’an and Wuhan have also expressed interest in hosting the plant. [36Kr, in Chinese]

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Xiaomi to open new fully automated smart factory in 2023

Lei Jun, CEO of major Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, stated on Wednesday that the company’s second smart factory will begin production in late 2023. A representative from the consumer electronics firm told TechNode that the firm began building the fully automated factory in Beijing’s suburban Changping district last July. Covering 58,300 square meters, the new factory is expected to have an annual output of 10 million smartphones, with an estimated production value of $60 billion. Xiaomi’s first smart factory is also located on the outskirts of Beijing, in Yizhuang, and began operating in 2019. [Xiaomi statement, in Chinese]

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Xiaomi backs company developing microchips for in-car video transmission

Xiaomi has invested in AI Micron, a Shanghai-based semiconductor company that focuses on designing microchips specifically for in-car video transmission. It’s the latest bet by the smartphone giant on the country’s smart electric vehicle sector. The five-year-old chip developer has raised its registered capital by 13.3% to RMB 1.84 million ($291,600), with Hubei Xiaomi Changjiang Industrial Investment Fund, an investment firm formed by Xiaomi, being added as a shareholder, according to corporate data site Tianyancha. AI Micron is also backed by state-owned automaker BAIC. [PE Daily, in Chinese]