THE USA BLACKLISTED XIAOMI BECAUSE OF A CHINESE AWARD GIVEN TO IT'S FOUNDER LEI JUN


 In mid-January 2021, the Donald Trump administration in the United States blacklisted various Chinese companies, including Xiaomi. They were accused of being controlled by the Chinese military or having very strong links to the Chinese communist government.


According to The Wall Street Journal, Xiaomi was blacklisted due to the founder of the company, Lei Jun, was awarded in 2019 by the MIIT titled: “Outstanding Builder of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”.


In reply to the company’s blacklisting, Xiaomi issued a public announcement confirming that it has no links to the Chinese government and does not belong to the Chinese military. Xiaomi emphasized that the company continued to comply with all legal etiquette in its business operations and the US government has no proof of any violations. Xiaomi said it will use all legal avenues to recoup losses for unfair blacklisting by the US government. At that moment, the company’s shares declined significantly.


Xiaomi has also filed a lawsuit challenging the blacklisting in the USA, but how the case will end is still unclear.


XIAOMI IS THE THIRD BIGGEST SMARTPHONE BRAND GLOBALLY, REDMI NOTE SERIES CROSSES 200 MILLION SHIPMENTS MILESTONE

Xiaomi was the first company to unveil a flagship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset. The brand revealed the Mi 11 last  December alongside MIUI 12.5. Recently, the company has officially announced the new flagship for global markets, alongside the respective version of MIUI made for the worldwide audience. Besides the new software skin and flagship, the company used the chance to reveal details about its progress. Despite the continued pandemic that disrupted the market last year, the brand managed to become the third-largest smartphone brand in the world. Redmi brand also broke some records last year.


According to the brand’s report, it's the prime smartphone brand in ten markets, which also includes India as one of the biggest important ones. Moreover, it achieved a minimum of third place in 36 markets. The Chinese giant is also the fastest-growing brand within the high-end segment with an amazing 3,639% growth year on year in Q3 2020. This includes devices that cost over $500.

XIAOMI INVESTED $1.3 BILLION IN THE R&D DEPARTMENT AND IMPROVED IT'S MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Between Q4 2019 to Q3 2020, Xiaomi invested over $1.3 billion within the R&D department. As a result, 2,143 camera tests that accustomed take 3 to 4 days are fully automated. Nowadays, the brand is capable of testing its cameras in mere one day. The brand also improved its cameras and software. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, as an example, kept the top place at the DxOMark camera ranking for 48 days. The Mi 10 Ultra was on top for nearly a quarter. The Mi 11 also performed strongly within the camera benchmark website. The audio lab is also doing equally successfully. The Mi 10 Pro was the best phone within the DxO Audio tests for many of 2020. The brand also has more labs for the development of 5G, displays and one that increases a phone’s overall stability.

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