Xiaomi knocks Apple off #2 spot – but will it become the next Huawei?

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
(Image credit: Xiaomi)

It's official: Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is now the second largest smartphone maker in the world. In last quarter's results it had a 17% share of global smartphone shipments, ahead of Apple’s 14% and behind Samsung’s 19%. And let's be clear: that is seriously big news.

The company is obviously doing something very right, with its sales jumping 300% year on year in Latin America and 50% in Western Europe. So if you're in the hunt for a new smartphone, it may be time to see why it's become such a popular choice – check out our guide to the best Xiaomi phones for full details.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.