Xiaomi announces New York event; could it be entering the US market?

Xiaomi announces New York event; could it be entering the US market?
The flagship Xiaomi Mi 8

Since the company was founded in April of 2010, Xiaomi has experienced explosive growth that has seen it go from a small startup to the world’s fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer. All of this has been achieved without a presence in the US but this could all be about to change.

Confirmed via Reddit, Xiaomi has announced that it will be holding an event in New York on December 8. The exact location and time of the event are yet to be confirmed but the Chinese brand claims it will be its “biggest party yet.” At the event, Xiaomi says it will show off its “latest and greatest” products, while those who attend will also be able to meet the US team, special guests, and even some “notable celebrities.”

While Xiaomi itself has not confirmed that this event is related to its smartphones, an event dedicated to its current US lineup would certainly be an odd move. After all, Xiaomi currently only sells a few products such as electric scooters, power banks, and a line of wireless earphones. Another thing worth noting is the fact that the company is holding a similar event in the UK this week where it’s expected to announce the Mi 8 Pro for the market and open its first UK store.

If the brand does indeed announce its US launch on December 8, there’s a significant chance that it will do so in partnership with a carrier. After all, the company has previously stated that a carrier would be necessary for its US entry.

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24 Comments

1. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

The end of expensives phones...

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not this early though....

7. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

The begining of expensive Xiaomi phones...

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The iPhone is about to get hit hard and ao will Samaung. If all these cheap China OEMs sell phones in the us, both Apple an Samsung are gonna feel a pinch. But at least Samsung can compete on a price low wl and Apple cant.

18. midan

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Why would people in US switch from iOS which they love to use to cheap noname second grade android phone? people who have money to buy lot more expensive phones. If they haven't already bought available android devices why would they buy worse choices like xiaomi? These cheap China OEMs are already spreading over Europe and does this look like Apple is strugling?http://gs.statcounter.com/vendor-market-share/mobile/europe/#daily-20180701-20181107 But yes you are right about Samsung, it will hit hard for them, actually been doing that two years already and it won't get any better.

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

I finally clicked on the link for the website you keep posting and it's complete crap. In fact it's almost the exact opposite of virtually every other metric available. You're clearly scrambling to find favorable stats for Apple when even they admit their sales are declining and we know Huawei is a solid second to Samsung. One glaring example that it's nonsense is that Apple outsell Tecno and Infinix in Africa. That is total bs. Another is Huawei having only 7% of the global market in October. Stop posting false information.

22. midan

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Huawei isn’t second, are you stupid? Huawei have had few quarters better than Apple, but Apple have sold hundreds of millions more than Huawei overall in all these years. You clearly don’t understand what that site is about. ”Stop posting false information.” Stop being stupid

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

You truly are a dip$hit. You're looking at historical sales to measure current market performance. No need to continue the conversation.

23. midan

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2018/09/13/samsung-beats-apple-in-the-global-smartphone-market-as-chinese-brands-close-in/#4237cfa6697d ”That’s according to a recent report published by Newzoo. “Globally, there were 3.6 billion active smartphones in use in June 2018,” says the report. “The world’s most popular smartphone brand was Samsung, boasting 893 million active devices and a market share of 27%. Apple was a close second, with a market share of 24%. Samsung’s lead is mostly due to the company’s selection of budget devices, which fare well in developing markets such as India. Globally, Chinese manufacturers Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Vivo came in at #3, #4, #5, and #6, respectively. Together, the four Chinese companies make up a third of the world’s active smartphones.” So you see huawei isn’t even close.

19. midan

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"But at least Samsung can compete on a price low wl and Apple cant." Apple can compete with their unique experience with iOS where people don't want to leave and that's by far biggest thing what you can have over those chinese companies Sorry Samsung can't compete with anything, they don't have anything and that's why they are strugling very badly with their phones worldwide.

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

You must really enjoy your annual pricing enema from Apple.

2. djcody

Posts: 226; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I hope so too. Even price is not a barrier to me I stick to my principles not pay for that stuff more than necessary

3. SyCo87

Posts: 295; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Competition is good.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I wish for a better, Poco F2 for the US next year.

6. LEEDAQ

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

if xiaomi has a large repair store they will sell theirs like hot cakes

8. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

We need more good competition and good price, Xaomi can disrupt smartphone market bring thenprice down to 5xx. Right now a $1000 price phone is just mad rediculous.

9. mrsmith5280

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 23, 2018

I agree man! These $1000 phones just be small incremental updates from the previous phone

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

This has my interest. An OEM like Xiaomi that gives you flagship specs for less than the price of current flagships is what's needed here in the U.S. Xiamoi devices have come a long way.

11. NateAdam8

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I kinda hope it is.....

12. kennybenny

Posts: 211; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Hopefully Xioami comes to Canada too!!!

13. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I had a feel that the US senate will start claiming that the Xiaomi devices is a threat to the US security and so on.

14. wchiem

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

Can't wait for Mi 8 or Mi Mix 3

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1200; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Come on over to the US Xiaomi!

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why not sell it unlocked using online store, just like oneplus do.. ZTE and Huawei rely on carrier partnership and it didn't end well..

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