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Xiaomi plans to enter the US market by 2018's end or by early 2019

Xiaomi plans to enter the US market by 2018's end or by early 2019
Xiaomi has been planning to start selling its smartphones in the United States for many years now, but the Chinese company never found the right moment to make such an important move.

It appears that this year Xiaomi is closer than ever to an expansion into the US smartphone market. A new report from Wall Street Journal cites Xiaomi's Chairman Lei Jun, who said his company plans “to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019.”

Xiaomi is the fourth largest handset maker in China and has already successfully launched its smartphones in India and other countries in Southeast Asia. More recently, it kicked off operations in some European countries, including Spain.

Xiaomi is no stranger to the US market since the company is already selling a range of products in the country such as cameras and speakers.

However, in order to be successful, Xiaomi needs to team up with at least one major US carrier, something that isn't easy at all due to national security concerns raised after Huawei's attempt to sell its flagships via AT&T and Verizon.

The good news is Xiaomi did not yet drop the idea of bringing its smartphones in the United States, so here is hoping that will happen sooner rather than later.

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18 Comments

GreenMan

Posts: 2658; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Xiaomi has been entering US Market since... I dunno... Past 5 years? Anyhow, I'm sure there will be some severe legal complications (mostly from... Apple, I'm afraid) if Xiaomi eventually decide to do so. Oh well, G'Day!

toukale

Posts: 573; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Got to love it when folks take every opportunity to take jabs at whatever they don't like. Xiaomi sales cheap android devices, guest which company does not use android (Apple). Apple is the last vendor that will be effected by Xiaomi entering the US. Everyone selling devices running android as their os will be effected first. Not saying Apple will be immune by a move like this, but everyone else will be effected by this before they do.

TheOracle1

Posts: 1707; Member since: May 04, 2015

They'll likely get the same treatment as Huawei unfortunately. I love my Mix2 and it would probably sell well if given the chance. One interesting note is that I own a P10 and Mix2 and using Spy Monitor the Huawei shows no connections to any servers in China but the Xiaomi has several. Of course for the Xiaomi that's all part of their cloud services, appstore, themes, registration etc. But it's still sending some data to China.

aegislash

Posts: 1423; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

If Xiaomi sells the Mi Mix 2S in the US, it will be a day one buy for me. That thing is an absolute beauty, especially with the much more discreet corner notch.

Poptart2828

Posts: 251; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Apple or the US government will surely block their entry if this news is true.

toukale

Posts: 573; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Like China do to many US companies. Love it when folks only see things as a one way street.

aegislash

Posts: 1423; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

His comment in no way implies he sees things as a one way street. You just wanted to throw your two cents in.

toukale

Posts: 573; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@aegislash - That is exactly what his comment meant and you know it. And to use Apple as the company who stand to benefits when he presented zero evidence to back up his claims. Last I check Apple is not the only smartphone vendor selling phones in the States. If you are going to make a claim like this, then you better show some evidence or expect others to challenge you on it.

Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

They’ve said this since 2013. There was a report back then where someone explained why this company will never come to the USA and god were most of their points right on the money. They will get hit with lawsuit after lawsuit.

TheOracle1

Posts: 1707; Member since: May 04, 2015

Please enlighten us on what the lawsuits will be targeting. I'm curious. Hardware, software or design? Xiaomi have been buying up patents or licensing intensively since 2013. Why haven't they been sued in Europe, Asia or India yet? All the big players including Apple, Huawei and Samsung are in those markets competing head to head with Xiaomi. You're perpetuating an internet myth that has zero basis factually.

fyah_king unregistered

I'll believe it when I see it.

kennybenny

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Hope it comes to Canada

Sparkxster

Posts: 1030; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Look forward to Xiaomi entering the US market.

Nikolai90

Posts: 49; Member since: May 16, 2017

Apple and the other competitors' companies who is already in the US market will welcome Xiaomi with lawsuits and malign accusations against Xiaomin Huawei CEO has spilt the hiding truth behind the Huawei last minute rejection of partnership

smajilya

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

But subject to approval of Federal Authorities and finnaly US Citizens.

Chuck007

Posts: 1407; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Hopefully that means they'd have more originality. They'd need it if they hope to compete in the US market.

worldpeace

Posts: 2970; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They should learn from huawei and stay away from US market. (or even worse, learn from LeEco... Where are they now? They should already announce their next flagship by now)

firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

The US government will probably do to them what they did to Huawei, "your phones can't come to the US because you're from China"

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