Xiaomi's new Moto G rival may be one of the best budget phones yet

Xiaomi sold 61M phones in 2014, announces new Moto G killer
All hail Xiaomi

Xiaomi is a force to be reckoned with, a phone maker that can no longer be thought of as a Chinese curiosity: not only did it sell 61 million phones in 2014, its new Redmi 2 could be one of the best budget phones yet.

Most of Xiaomi's phones don't make it too far out of native China, but the company still managed to sell 61 million phones in 2014, making it the world's third biggest smartphone maker.

The latest addition to its library is the just-announced Xiaomi Redmi 2, a phone set to sell for under $150 (£98) and one that seems to patch-up all the missing bits of the budget star Moto G.

It offers a 4.7-inch 720p screen, 4G, a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 CPU and dual cameras: an 8-megapixel one on the back and a 2-megapixel one on the front.

The Xiaomi global takeover

Xiaomi is to start branching out into other countries in 2015, but it's likely US and UK buyers will need to import to get hold of this promising budget mobile.

While Xiaomi hasn't told us exactly where it is to expand into during US, there are suggestions it may be in countries like Mexico and Russia rather than our home turf.

With the company's growth being really quite stratospheric, it can't be too long until we get in on the action too. In 2013, the company sold 18.7 million phones, less than a third of what it managed in 2014.

Andrew Williams

Andrew is a freelance journalist and has been writing and editing for some of the UK's top tech and lifestyle publications including TrustedReviews, Stuff, T3, TechRadar, Lifehacker and others.