Xiaomi recently mentioned that the company has no plans of bringing their devices to the U.S. market. The company’s global VP Hugo Barra has reiterated this and dashed all hopes of the company bringing its smartphones to the U.S. in the foreseeable future. The reason Xiaomi might delay the launch in the U.S. is because of the sort of market that the company has to contend with.
As of now, the company is selling devices mostly unlocked and off contract. However in the U.S., carriers have a big part to play in the success or failure of a device. And that’s what Xiaomi is concerned about. Unlocked phones usually don’t get enough traction in the American markets and it will help Xiaomi greatly if they can team up with a carrier. It will be interesting to see if the Chinese manufacturer can achieve this.
Barra also said that the successor to the Mi Band wearable will launch very soon. The company is yet to share details on its precise arrival, but we’re guessing that will happen sometime in Q3, possibly during the unveiling of the Mi 5 flagship.