Xiaomi coming to ten new markets, but is still avoiding the U.S.
According to company founder and CEO Lei Jun, sales will start in India, Brazil and Russia. Other countries where the Xiaomi name will be found include Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Mexico and the Philippines. The announcement was made during a press conference in Beijing.
Besides selling smartphones, the company offers routers and televisions. It sold its first smartphone in 2011 and until now, sold only in the region that includes the manufacturer's home country of China. The countries where Xiaomi had a presence before the expansion include China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
It is unknown whether or not Xiaomi will export its "Hunger Marketing" technique to the new countries where it will sell its products. This technique involves the sale of a very small number of units of a certain model, on-line. By keeping the number of phones to be sold at a very small amount, it drives up demand and guarantees a quick sellout. News of the quick sell out fuels the demand for the model at the next sale. For example, back in November, Xiaomi used "Hunger Marketing" to sell 100,000 units of the Xiaomi Hongmi in 4 minutes. These were WCDMA flavored handsets sold to China Unicom customers.
2. hurrycanger (Posts: 1186; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Good for Vietnam. Affordable Xiaomi phones will go very well with the $6 unlimited 3g data plan over there.
4. GreekGeek (Posts: 841; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Hefty US tax?
or the big players are probably ganging up on Xiaomi to thwart US penetration
6. sriuslywtf (Posts: 252; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
Forget the US. Future of power is in ASIA
7. GreekGeek (Posts: 841; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Samsung, Sony, LG and even Apple will lose a chunk of their share if ever this happens...
9. xondk (Posts: 113; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Samsung - South Korea.
Sony - Japan
LG - South Korea
Apple - American
I think you are a bit off in that one, since the first three are asian companies, only apple is not, so yeah, apple might get hit quite a bit if the trend continues with power swinging towards asia.
No one can really say, we will have to wait and see
10. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)
The other phone OEMs are asians too so it doesn't look good in that sense but it has nothing to do with where the companies are origin from. Apple is simply too naive and stupid to get expensive phone to compete against those cheap phones. Oneplus One just showed how you can make a nice phone for cheap without ripping people off.
Apple will lose Asia for sure. And it seems like they will lose the rest of the world too if One plus one manage to make great phones for that price in the future.
8. Taters (Posts: 3229; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
It's pretty obvious actually. Microsoft is raping Android even though a PC OS is like nothing like a mobile one. Apple got 1 billion from Samsung for packaging and round corners. HTC is getting raped all around by Nokia and Apple even though The company that supplied Nokia was the one that sold the parts to HTC.
No one wants anything to do with the US market because of Apple and Nokia blatantly bullying people. The Sony and Xiaomi lawyers were probably ask is their a big legal risk if we concentrate on America. The lawyer's answer probably ranged from I have no idea to yes it is a huge risk.
11. aditya.k (Posts: 462; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
I think US has enough cheap-premium devices like Nexus and OPO now. Let other countries enjoy some low price-high end devices.