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Xiaomi Plans to Enter US Market Before 2018 Ends

Chinese electronics manufacturer, Xiaomi, has started to make a name for itself in the global smartphone industry. As a matter of fact, Xiaomi has earned its position as the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer across its Asian market. But despite these, the company has not yet been able to enter the US market. Now, it looks like the company is working at getting its smartphone products into the US market before the year ends.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the Chinese company is planning on bringing its smartphones into US soil. The Chairman of the company, Lei Jun, was quoted saying that the company had always considered entering the US market. The executive pointed out that their goal is to enter the market before 2018 ends or early 2019.

Right now, the Chinese brand sells a selection of products in the country; one of which is the Mi TV, an Android TV set-top box currently available in different Walmart retail stores throughout the country. In November, the company also started offering some products on its online store and on Amazon. These products include a couple of headphones, a 360-degree camera, a battery pack, and a robot coding kit.

When it successfully enters the US market, Xiaomi will be able to offer some of its value Android smartphone devices. One of the models US customers can look forward to is the Mi A1, which is considered as the best value Android smartphone available for only $215.

There could be a threat to Xiaomi's sales when its products start entering the US market though. Just a few weeks ago, executives from the NSA, CIA, and FBI sent out a warning about using products and services manufactured by Huawei and ZTE, two tech giants from China. Since 2014, Huawei has been banned from bidding for US government contracts. AT&T even backed out of a planned deal in January, where it was supposed to start selling Huawei devices. The Chinese manufacturer planned to offer its latest Mate 10 Pro flagship device in the US through AT&T. But just before the scheduled announcement could be made, the carrier canceled the agreement.

With Xiaomi's case, things are (hopefully) looking up. Most notably, a number of non-smartphone Xiaomi products are already available in the US. It could mean that the Chinese brand could have better luck than its rivals. But then again, Xiaomi's success in the US market will depend largely on carriers.

Source: Android Police

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  1. "Xiaomi's success in the US market will depend largely on carriers." /article

    If they get the ZTE/Huawei treatment at the carriers, they're DOA.

  2. No need to attract unnecessary attention from our Shields High agencies.
    South Korea's phones is plenty good 'nuff for me.

  3. Why are we gun-shy about Huawei/Xiaomi etc Chinese smartphones when we are well aware(?) that all our phones are made in China?

    Why carriers are so crusial to our accepting Chinese branded phones?

    Is this a fake news, just asking?

    1. That is not a very good question to ask. I don't think Dennis would post something that he has not personally vetted.

    2. I did not post this article, Christine did. I assigned the story to her to cover but the words and opinions in it are hers. It appears accurate. I can guarantee that no Russian bots were involved in its creation.

      Christine's article is based on an interview that Xiaomi's chairman did with the Wall Street Journal. There's a link to the source in the second paragraph.

      As for why the concern about Huawei and not all Chinese made phones. The heads of the CIA, NSA and several other national security agencies, citing security concerns, have recommend that Americans not buy Huawei or ZTE phones. The spooks only advised against buying those two brands, not all Chinese phones.

      88% of all phones sold in the US are sold by carriers. Xiaomi can certainly sell phones online direct to consumers like One Plus and several other Chinese manufactures do, but to achieve really high volumes they meed carrier distribution.

  4. Not only do these brands need carrier distribution to have a shot at getting into the hands of the majority of US buyers, they also need carrier cooperation to have features like WiFi calling and voLTE that branded phones get (but don't necessarily NEED to be branded to get.) T-Mobile, for example, controlled WiFi calling's availability based on a whitelisting system at one point (and I believe still does.)

  5. got my at&t-prepaid branded huawei ascend xt2 from walmart. look forward to getting a xiaomi phone with real at&t LTE bands on it. for now always disappointing to see the international global versions of xiaomi phones on amazon typically not having all at&t LTE bands on them. that should change when xiaomi makes phones for actual real distribution in usa. yea!

    1. Actually right now Xiaomi MIX2 support almost all bands all modes around the world include Verizon,not to mention att.

      I have a MIX2 and running on both Verizon and ATT now(dual sim).

  6. Dennis, why don't all of the manufacturers simply include all of the frequencies/bands in their phones? Isn't it simply a matter of what is flashed onto the SoC?

    1. It is about regulation and profit.If you are cellphone seller,you don't want cheap cellphone intend to sell in Africa being imported and sell in the US.

      But days are changed.I think we will see more and more phone have all bands all modes support.

    2. No phoes support all bands because:

      1. There are over 100 different bands used around the the world. SOCs only support a limited number of active bands and none support 100 active bands. Cheap SOCs support fewer bands than more expensive ones.

      2. A single antenna can't be tuned to work across all bands. To support all bands multiple antennas are needed increasing device size and cost.

      3 90% of phones sold in the US are sold by carriers. Carriers tell manufactures to disable competitor's bands to make it harder for customers to switch carriers.

  7. Shamu's dead on arrival.

    Most carrier floozies want Apple and Samsung.

    The only niche they can compete for is the rugged individualists who buy unlocked phones, most of whom have already found their brandfu.

    Unless they bring something new to the table like Verizon certification, NFC and a removable battery for under $150, they'll basically get their asses kicked by Moto's upcoming G6 and E5 series.

    RIP Shamu's American aspirations

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