Xiaomi not likely to bring phones to the US in 2017


Xiaomi, the Chinese company founded just six years ago, took the Asian world by a storm with its affordable phones that offered excellent value for the money. Most recently, it unveiled a futuristic, bezel-less phone, the Xiaomi Mi Mix, months before the big players are expected to unveil similar designs. All of this had mobile phone enthusiasts asking: when is Xiaomi coming to the United States?

For years on, this question has lingered and Xiaomi has always answered the same thing: not just yet, but it's being considered.

Well, scratch any hopes you had for Xiaomi phones being officially sold in the United States in 2017.

Xiaomi global vice president Hugo Barra laid all hopes to rest, saying that it's not happening: "we don't have any specific-enough plans yet that we're comfortable talking about yet," Barra said. "Eventually we'll make our way over here."


It's also important to know that there is a specific reason why Xiaomi phones are not sold in the US: "We don't want to go anywhere near the half-hearted efforts to launch a brand in the US just to say we're in the US," Barra clarified.

Leave alone the fact that this is a jab at companies such as Chinese LeEco that have held pompous US launches without much substance after that, it also means that Xiaomi simply does not have the US ecosystem that makes it so alluring in China.

Still, Hugo Barra admits that Xiaomi has still not written out the US market. "There's a huge audience of tech enthusiasts here," said Barra, who also recognized that "brands in the US become global brands."


source: CNET

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16 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Ugh... This company... Take a look at what Huawei is doing, Just do that.

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Xiaomi's problem is that they know other companies will begin suing immediately if they sell stateside. Huawei doesn't have this issue.

6. handsomparis

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Exactly

16. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Typical American Mentality... Americans always think that every non-american(specifically Chinese) company only copies American products.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, and too much operating cost, paired with their not-so-great profit per product.. and xiaomi brand is still unknown for most on that country,,

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Nonsense. Why haven't they been sued in other markets? And what's in Xiaomi phones that makes them a candidate for lawsuits?

12. raky_b

Posts: 390; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

just write in google "xiaomi patents issues" and you will find out.... they are protected in china, where chinese company can't be suited for a copyrigths...so, may of their producst had same look as f.e. iPhone or Galaxys phones (and there are many other things in China that have copyed all from A to Z, and can't be suited). in India laws are similar, you can copy anybody's products if they did not officialy ask for a specific patent in India,so you can can patent looks and futuresand even a name like in case of iphone, before them.... that is a reason why they are not avaible in any country they could be suited in, and they would they bee obligatet to offer (and give) 1 or even 2 years of warranty

13. raky_b

Posts: 390; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

just write in google "xiaomi patents issues" and you will find out.... they are protected in china, where chinese company can't be suited for a copyrigths...so, may of their producst had same look as f.e. iPhone or Galaxys phones (and there are many other things in China that have copyed all from A to Z, and can't be suited). in India laws are similar, you can copy anybody's products if they did not officialy ask for a specific patent in India,so you can can patent looks and futuresand even a name like in case of iphone, before them.... that is a reason why they are not avaible in any country they could be suited in, and they would they bee obligatet to offer (and give) 1 or even 2 years of warranty

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Most of those articles are old and refer to older models. Here's a quote from the most recent article in December: "A year ago, it should have been but maybe not now. A look at all the recent patent deals and acquisitions prove that Xiaomi understood that it is very important to have an IP strategy in place to foray into global markets. From 4702 patents (when this report was first written in Jan 2016) to 9238 patents currently (as of 30 November 2016), partly by filing and partly by acquisitions, Xiaomi had significantly beefed up its portfolio. The company made some sizable patent acquisitions that would remove some thorns from the path on its way to global expansion." In other words it's no longer true.

7. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

well they dont want to risk like others when trump is president now

3. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Too bad but it doesn't really matter as they have at least 5 phones now with Global ROMs and global LTE Bands. You can easily order them from Chinese online retailers as I have done over the past few years with no problem.

5. jgates86

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Exactly, websites like gearbest and knowing what LTE bands your carrier supports opens up a ton of phone options.

8. nhng80

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Which phones? Mi Note 2, Mi Mix, Redmi Note 3, and..... ???

14. raky_b

Posts: 390; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

and get a device without international warranty ;)

4. FrequencyBender

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

They don't need to.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Looking at their margins, yes, yes they do.

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