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Xiaomi sells 2.11 mn phones in 12 hrs; sets Guinness record


Beijing: China's smartphone giant Xiaomi said it has set a new Guinness World Record for mobile phone sales by selling 2.11 million handsets in a 12-hour flash sale held to celebrate its fifth anniversary.


The half-day bonanza, which brought in 2.08 billion yuan (USD 335 million) from sales of handsets and other accessories broke the previous record held by Alibaba's Tmall, which sold 1.89 million handsets on Singles' Day in November during a 24-hour event.

"Good news: Xiaomi just set a new Guinness World Record, selling 2.11 million mobile phones in 24 hours," chief executive Lei Jun posted on Sina Weibo - the Chinese equivalent of Twitter - shortly after the event.

"This is beyond my imagination," the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted Lei as telling reporters at the company's headquarters here. The new record has been certified by the official Guinness World Records and examined by auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers, he said.

Xiaomi easily broke their record from the same event last year, which saw them selling 1.3 million smartphones. Mobile phones and other accessories sold during the 12- hour event were discounted from Xiaomi's already famously low prices.

Lei said the company was focussed on making smartphones, televisions, routers and other products sold on its website. In 2014, Xiaomi sold 61 million smartphones and had revenue of 74.3 billion yuan, becoming the world's number three smartphone player and China's top smartphone brand, overtaking Apple and Samsung.

The company was valued at USD 45 billion in a December funding round that drew investors ranging from Singapore's sovereign wealth fund to a private capital firm backed by Alibaba Group co-founder Jack Ma.
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