Xiaomi is testing its smartphones on U.S. LTE networks

Xiaomi is testing its smartphones on U.S. LTE networks
Engadget reports that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is testing its handsets on U.S. networks. This means the company is moving forward with its plans to launch its major mobile products in America in the not too distant future. Xiaomi is known for devices like the Mi 5, the Mi Note 2, the Redmi phones, and the newly launched Mi Mix, which features a large, nearly bezel-less screen.

Network testing is an important milestone for any smartphone company wishing to do business in the USA, as the national carriers use LTE bands uncommon to those found in many of the world's places. The U.S. national carriers have strict compatibility requirements in order to ensure reliable operation, and ambitious smartphone makers are eager to comply as selling their devices through them provides the benefit of increased exposure and sales volume, thanks to their retail channels and established customer base.

Xiaomi believes it will take another year or two before it's ready to start selling smartphones in the U.S. It's currently testing a special version of its Mi 5 smartphone made for U.S. field trials, and it's also doing the same with the Mi Note 2. Currently, Xiaomi doesn't sell its smartphones in America by any official means, although it does have an online accessory store, and also sells a TV box.

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15 Comments

1. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Xiaoni please make another phone that is compatible with both GSM and CDMA now that Nexus is gone and iPhones are expensive

2. tweetgadget

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Most of new xiaomi phone support cdma .. now I own Mi max and it supports cdma..

7. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Does your mi max work on all sprint Verizon T-Mobile att?

9. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

I owned mi-4LTE which supports CDMA-EVDO and GSM-LTE :D

12. BoardDWorld

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

They have supported both going back a few years. My Jan 2015 Mi Note supports both.

14. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

none of you know what you are talking about. if partial support means compatibility to you, then yes your phones support all carriers. Most phones aren't fully compatible with all US carriers except Nexus/Pixel or iphone. Your phones probably have support for a few bands and your phone may work in some places but you won't get full LTE or voice coverage. check your phones to see if you have FULL compatiblity.http://willmyphonework.net/

15. BoardDWorld

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

No, he was specifically talking about supporting both networks, so a global phone that has the 2 bands missing that you Verizon customers etc need will still support both networks.

3. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

It would be nice to have a decent phone option that is less than $600. All the major manufacturers are overcharging because they can.

4. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I agree. But, if they brought over the Xiaomi Mi Mix I would pay $600 for that as long as it has developer support and I can get rid of MIUI if wanted.

13. BoardDWorld

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

MIUI is a selling point for many, it still runs super slick even on their 2012 Mi2 that's still receiving MIUI8 updates. However unlocking is as simple as signing into your account at en.miui.com, select the big unlock tab at the home page. This doesn't unlock your phone but gives your account permission to unlock any Mi phone there after. Just sign into the unlock app(Windows) and plug in the phone. The massive community provides many firmwares including pure Android 7: Mi Note Prohttp://en.miui.com/thread-397476-1-1.html Mi3/Mi4http://en.miui.com/thread-351806-1-1.html I use global xiaomi.eu MIUI (200MB+ smaller, Strips China ROM):https://xiaomi.eu/community/forums/miui-weekly-rom-releases.103/

5. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Until the USA market is flooded with COMPETITION, the prices will remain high. 99% of the users out there, still buy their phones from the carriers, or Best Buy. That means you are stuck with Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG for the most part for "high end" phones. They will sell the "walmart" style phones that have small screens, no features....basically burner phones, but if you want a high end phone, you gotta pay the money that Apple, Samsung & Co. charge. I haven't paid over 400 dollars for my last 2 phones, because I went through Amazon for a Chinese Huawai phone the last 2 that I've purchased.

6. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Perhaps this time now for Xiaomi to consider at least one device with stock android...miui is good but stock android is better :)

8. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

The only thing is that Xiaomi put too much money into MIUI. They have a s**t ton of engineers working on it (they brag about it). They just wouldn't want to do stock Android.

10. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

you can always flash another roms. MIUI is one of their selling point in here. I like xiaomi for trying to minimize fragmentation through their ecosystem.

11. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

My credit card is ready to max itself out for the mi mix

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