Xiaomi wants to enter the US smartphone market by the end of the year, or in early 2019

As you may know, Xiaomi has been doing quite well in the smartphone space with its devices that offer great specs for their prices. However, the Chinese company has only been officially active in a handful of markets so far. One of the biggest omissions has been the US, but that’s about to change if a new report from the Wall Street Journal pans out.

According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, the company is looking to finally enter the US market either towards the end of this year or in early 2019. Unfortunately no more specific details are available at the moment, but he did say he’s aware of the hurdles facing such a move – among which are adapting to American regulations and accommodating US customers’ specific needs.

Xiaomi has had an online store in the US since 2015, but so far it has only sold accessories and fitness trackers. Entering the US smartphone market makes perfect sense for Xiaomi, especially now when it’s looking for new avenues of growth. Yet given what has recently happened to Huawei’s push to sell smartphones through carriers in the US, it’s likely that Xiaomi devices will be available over there only in unlocked form.

Source | Via