Xiaomi’s Android smartphone, introduced in China in August, is priced near cost at 1,999 yuan ($315), and 300,000 units of the phone were pre-ordered within 34 hours of its release, according to media reports. Following the success of 300k pre-orders through the Internet, Xiaomi’s given the go-ahead for a cooperation with telecom operators to further expand its sales channels. We might actually see China Unicom ordering 2 million phones from Xiaomi in the not too distant future.
With Google set to release the Android 4.0 source code, there will be a mad rush from ODM’s like Huawei, Meizu, and other second tier companies to produce devices for the global market. Today, Meizu CEO Jack Wong quietly mentioned on his forum that the Meizu M9 and the upcoming Meizu MX will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.