Yesterday Lenovo announced that the acquisition of Motorola is finally complete. Now that Motorola is officially a part of Lenovo’s family, the company announced that they now reign as the third largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. This claim comes just hours after Xiaomi boasted about the IDC numbers that gave the company the third spot. At that time,however, Lenovo had not made the announcement of the Motorola deal closing yet. Acknowledging this, Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh cheekily congratulated Xiaomi on its milestone that sadly lasted only for 24 hours, and was taken over by Lenovo and Motorola after the closing of the deal hours later. Also Read - OnePlus Nord CE vs Redmi Note 10 Pro Max: Does 4G still outdo 5G at a lesser price?Also Read - Xiaomi is hiding the front camera on its next Mi flagship smartphone
Osterloh tweeted that now that the deal between the two companies is closed, they are not at the number three spot. He congratulated Xiaomi on its feat but further mockingly said sorry that it lasted only 24 hours. Also Read - Xiaomi 200W fast charging to reduce 20 percent of full battery capacity in 2 years
Rick Osterloh (@rosterloh) October 30, 2014
According to IDC, Xiaomi shipped 17.3 million handsets in Q3, 2014 giving it the third spot while Lenovo was a close fourth, behind by just 16.9 million units. However, the standings would change if we add Motorola’s numbers to Lenovo’s tally considering Motorola is now a Lenovo-owned company. Unfortunately, IDC has classified Motorola under others and we don’t have the exact figures, but it is clear it had enough shipments in the quarter to steer ahead of Xiaomi.
Lenovo in its official statement also did not disclose the consolidated number of shipments by both companies. They however said, “The acquisition of the Motorola brand and Motorola’s portfolio of smartphones like Moto X, Moto G, Moto E and the DROID series, as well as the future Motorola product roadmap, positions Lenovo as the world s third largest maker of smartphones.”
Lenovo paid $2.91 billion for the acquisition of the Motorola handset unit from Google.