This photo taken on May 8, 2014 shows Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's global vice-president, speaking at the Startup Asia technology conference in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
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Chinese budget smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled on Thursday its first tablet, expanding its product lineup to directly challenge established rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc.Xiaomi's flagship smartphones, which are among the fastest selling in China, resemble Apple's iPhone.The worldwide tablet market, which saw shipments of 195.4 million devices in 2013, is forecast to grow nearly 40 percent this year, according to consultants Gartner, Inc, with China especially seeing significant growth.The company expects to sell 40 million phones this year, compared to 18.7 million last year and 7.2 million the year before.In October, Xiaomi launched its flagship Mi 3 smartphone, selling 100,000 units in 90 seconds when it was released online.
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