Xiaomi will limit net profit margin for hardware sales to 5%: Lei Jun
Xiaomi also promised returns to its users if the net profit margin exceeds 5%.
Xiaomi Chairman, CEO and Founder Lei Jun on Wednesday announced that the company will forever limit the net profit margin after tax for the entire hardware sales -- including smartphones, Internet of Things (IoT) and lifestyle products -- to a maximum of 5%.
Jun promised its users that the company's hardware business will have an overall net profit margin that will never exceed 5%.
"If the margin crosses 5%, then we will find a way to return the excess above 5% to our users," he said in an email to all Xiaomi employees.
"If we sell our products at close to cost and return value to our users, then we can earn the long-term support of our users. Aiming for large volumes with small profit margins will still result in suitable hardware profits for us in the long term," the Xiaomi CEO added.
According to Jun, the company has created a unique "triathlon" business model, encompassing hardware, Internet service and new retail.
"In the past eight years, our business model has been challenged again and again. Xiaomi is the only smartphone in the world that has rebounded after a decline in sales. This miracle, coupled with the results we have achieved as of today, shows how relevant and advanced our model is," the CEO said.
"Xiaomi is an engineering-led company. Engineers are constantly looking for the latest technologies to benefit the public and change the world," Jun said.
"At present, the company has exceeded 100 billion RMB in annual revenue and has nearly 20,000 employees," he added.
In the first quarter of 2018, Xiaomi with over 51% growth was at fifth spot in China, Counterpoint Research reported.
The growth was driven by Xiaomi's expansion in the offline segment with aggressive promotions. It also refreshed its Redmi Note series and now has a very strong product portfolio in the mid segment, giving more choice to budget-conscious consumers.
Xiaomi Mi 6X specifications
Xiaomi on Wednesday launched its Mi 6X smartphone in China. The smartphone features a 5.99-inch 18:9 display, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 processor. Xiaomi Mi 6X comes in three variants of 4GB RAM plus 64GB storage, 6GB RAM plus 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM plus 128GB storage.
For photography, Mi 6X sports a dual-camera setup at the rear comprising of a 12-megapixel and 20-megapixel Sony IMX486 and IMX376 sensors. Up front, it houses a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor. The smartphone's cameras are AI-powered with features like smart image recognition and smart scene detection.
Xiaomi Mi 6X also features 'Face Unlock', and is fuelled by a 3,010mAh battery.