Xiaomi to invest $7 bn in AI and 5G technologies

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will invest more than 50 billion yuan or $7.18 billion in artificial intelligence and 5G internet technologies over the next five years.
Xiaomi China shopXiaomi CEO Lei Jun made the announcement in a letter posted on the company’s social media account on Thursday, but did not provide specific investment details.

“We need to turn our continuous advantage we have in AIoT and intelligent life into absolute victory in intelligent full scene, and completely cement our king status in the smart era,” Lei said, using the acronym for artificial intelligence of things, a reference to a combination of AI and internet technologies.

The announced investment increases Xiaomi’s pledge made last year to invest 10 billion yuan over five years in an “All in AIoT” strategy, Reuters reported.

The Beijing-based company started as an affordable cellphone maker but its internet-enabled products now include smart TVs and rice-cookers.

Xiaomi faces intense competition in its home market from rival Huawei Technologies, which captured a record 42 percent of China’s smartphone market in the third quarter at the expense of other local manufacturers and Apple.

Huawei Technologies this week said it is set to report 18 percent increase in revenue during 2019 to $121 billion.

Lei announced in October the company planned to launch more than 10 5G phone models in 2020.