China's low-cost smartphone maker Xiaomi is making great strides in the global smartphone race with two of its models ranking in a list of the world's top 10 bestselling smartphones for the first time.
Xiaomi's Hongmi Redrice and Mi3 smartphones were the 7th and 10th top selling models globally in February, according to a new report from Counterpoint Technology Market Research.
Apple's iPhone 5s remained the bestselling phone in the world – a position it has held for six straight months. The iPhone 5c, meanwhile, came in at second place, mostly due to the big clearance discounts in Western markets, Counterpoint said. Rival Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 tied for 3rd place.
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"At the global level there has been little brand diversity over recent months. However the appearance of Xiaomi on the best sellers list highlights an increasing trend – local brands moving up the sales rankings in their respective countries," said Peter Richardson, research director at Counterpoint.