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Xiaomi acquires small stake in TCL, the world’s third-largest LCD TV maker

TCL-32E4300 3D TV, Xiaomi acquires small stake in TCL January 2019
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The 0.48 percent stake acquisition comes less than a month after Xiaomi and the world's third-largest LCD TV manufacturer, TCL, entered a strategic partnership that involves joint efforts in many fields. The agreement focuses on the development of various hardware parts and the integration of TCL devices into Xiaomi's ecosystem of IoT and smart home devices.

According to its Q3 2018 financial report(PDF direct link), Xiaomi's IoT and lifestyle products segment was the fastest-growing one during the given period. The Chinese company has managed to sell over 5 million smart TVs in the first nine months of last year, so its recent agreement with TCL does not come as a surprise.

According to a recent statement that Chinese home appliance maker TCL issued to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Xiaomi has acquired 65.2 million shares, or 0.48 percent, of the veteran LCD TV maker. The direct consequence of this agreement was the 4 percent jump in the morning trading today, which pushed TCL's market cap to US$36 billion.

This financial agreement is not the first time Xiaomi and TCL got together as the companies already inked a strategic partnership at the end of last December. This partnership is mainly about combining the R&D efforts of the two companies in the hardware department and aims to make it easier for TCL devices to become a part of Xiaomi's impressive ecosystem which is already populated by almost 100 brands — in addition to Xiaomi's own devices, of course.

In the third quarter of last year, Xiaomi managed to ship almost 7 million wearables, while Apple and Fitbit grabbed the second and third positions in the market, with 4.2 million and 3.5 million units shipped. Although Xiaomi is widely known for its affordable smartphones, this Chinese underdog seems to have quite a few aces up its sleeve, so what would you like to see next from Xiaomi? An affordable electric car, maybe? Let us know in the comments below.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-01- 7 (Update: 2019-01- 7)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.