Xiaomi will eventually sell phones in the U.S., says chief

Xiaomi will eventually sell phones in the U.S., says chief
Hugo Barra, International VP at Xiaomi, has indicated that the China-based firm does eventually intend to sell smartphones in the United States, but as yet, has no specific plan in place. Earlier this month, confirmation broke of the firm's intention to open an online 'Mi Store' in the States as well as France, Germany and the U.K. in early June. But while fans dared to dream that the company was planning a concerted invasion of these markets, the rather deflating truth is that Xiaomi is sticking with accessories, for now. But Barra, former leading member of Google's Android team, insists that there will eventually be more to come. 

Speaking at the Code Conference, Barra says that Xiaomi is "working on" expanding its reach beyond Asia. Having seen incredible growth since inception -- the company is, lest we forget, scarcely five years old -- Xiaomi has branched out from China to Singapore, Malaysia and India, among others, but has yet mount a challenge in the Western World. 

Speaking tentatively, Barra concedes that his company does not have a "set plan" in place as yet, but is content with dipping its toes into the water with accessories. It might not be a bad starting point, either: Barra says that Xiaomi's Mi Band fitness bands are shifting over one million units per month, which he believes is more than the Fitbit.

Should the Mi Band and other accessories sell strongly once the new store goes live, we could finally see the company launch its first smartphone in the U.S. and Europe thereafter. Gauging Barra's tone, we probably shouldn't get too excited as yet, but given Xiaomi's reputation for moving quickly, the likes of Apple and Samsung will surely looking nervously over their shoulders.  

Source: Re/code

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8 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Let's see if Apple and Samsung will approve this....

6. waddup121 unregistered

woot!

2. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

They won't make it. But let's just hope they will...

3. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

Cheap chinese phones don't have place there.

4. tweetgadget

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

yeah it is indeed cheap.. but has on par quality if it is not better than samsung phone.. I was samsung user but now xiaomi user... and will never again buy samsung. It is overpriced... with xiaomi I get decent hardware and quality at cheaper price

5. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

lets not pretend xiaomi cameras are as good as samsung though , and their LCDs are no where near samsung quality Amoleds. also samsung is offering a new support plan called protection plus which is free headache less replacement within two days at you doorstep. compared with a xiaomi you can pick up a S5 or galaxy alpha for avery low price. you get what you pay for with samsung best hardware and quality also having a fingerprint sensor is luxury worth paying for. Especially with the new Android pay + system level access for it.

7. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Well said.. tell him when is xiaomi going to offer a device like the note 4

8. Yangster

Posts: 16; Member since: May 28, 2015

Xiaomi is good phone that's why I'm buying one

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