Upstart Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has had an incredible rise over the past couple of years and is giving Samsung all kinds of headaches thanks to its ability to mass produce and ship incredibly cheap hardware at an astonishing pace. Xiaomi held a press event in San Francisco on Thursday and offered up some amazing facts about the company that we’ve never heard before. We’ve picked our three favorites and listed them below.
- Xiaomi sold 1.16 million smartphones in a single day last year. This comes to us via Harry McCracken, who also informs us that “Xiaomi can ship 940,000 packages a day from its fulfillment centers,” which reach Chinese consumers in an average of less than two days. That is some serious supply chain prowess for a company most Americans have never heard of.
- Xiaomi sells a 49-inch 4K TV that costs under $650. Xiaomi actually took the wraps off this TV last spring, as this old Engadget article demonstrates. This particular model is an Android-based smart TV that comes with a Bluetooth subwoofer, which really does make it amazing value for the money. We have no idea how Xiaomi actually thinks selling a device like this for less than $650 is sustainable, so anyone who can get one should do so now.
- Xiaomi’s phones have built-in technology in their cameras to make you look more attractive. Xiaomi didn’t actually mention this at it’s conference but it comes to us via Amir Efrati of The Information. Specficially, Efrati says that each phone has “built-in ‘face beautification’ for selfie shots” that “make eyes bigger, skin clearer.” So if you’re looking to spice up your Tinder profile pic, Xiaomi has your back.