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Xiaomi rings in to Guinness, sells 2.11 mn phones in 12 hrs

China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi on Thursday said that 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 ($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.
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