Xiaomi plans to enter the US market in 2019
Quickly growing Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, a company that makes some of the best value-for-money phones in the world, is planning to enter the U.S. market next year, in 2019, according to company vice president Wang Xiang.
There are no specifics just yet, but Xiaomi wants to really push things forward in 2019.
“Next year we hope we can do something there,” Wang said in an interview with Reuters.
We have for years heard about Xiaomi's plans to enter the U.S. market, but now finally, it seems that the company is ready. Xiaomi also says it plans to weather the complicated political landscape thanks to various U.S. connections. We are, however, yet to see how this all plays out. Just recently, we saw a deal between Chinese giant Huawei and US carriers Verizon and AT&T fall out in the very last minute due to a US government intervention amidst suspicions that Huawei is a threat to national security and that it has deep ties with the Chinese government.
Unlike Huawei, though, Xiaomi claims to have had a closer collaboration with a number of US companies including Qualcomm that makes chips for its flagship phones and Google/Alphabet that develop the Android operating system.
Just recently, Xiaomi has made a big push to enter Europe and its phones are now sold in most countries on the Old Continent.
The other interesting thing about Xiaomi is that it has a whole portfolio of products ranging from phones to tablets, laptops, cameras, electric bicycles and scooters and even rice cookers and other home appliances in China. Clearly, the phones are the first priority of the company in its westward expansion, but we're curious to see whether it plans to bring other devices as well. Only time will tell.