Xiaomi to launch sub-$80 smartphones next year

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A report in Taiwan based DigiTimes suggests that Xiaomi is all geared up to launch sub-$81 (₹ 5000 approx.) smartphones by next year.

Just a few hours ago, Gartner’s latest shipment reports for the 3rd quarter of 2014 showed how Xiaomi zoomed up to the 4th spot in global smartphones shiPment, eating up a sizeable chunk from Samsung’s sales.

The report at DigiTimes further states that Xiaomi will be using a new panel supplier, China-based BOE Technology for its next crop of low-end smartphones. BOE Technology has just entered the Chinese market with small volume shipments, and is expected to produce panel for Xiaomi’s sub-$80 smartphones.

As per industry sources, Xiaomi has arrogated panels produced by Sharp and Japan Display for high-end smartphones. Similarly, it has used panels from AU Optronics for its mid-range models.





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