Xiaomi could sell phones in U.S. by year end, says CEO

Gwen Vasquez
March 7, 2018

If Xiaomi finds a way to convince the USA lawmakers and security agencies by being transparent about operations and start-off with a good note by setting up local data centers, the company might create good vibes among the U.S. consumers. It's about time it hits the American market as the company has been considering the idea for some time. Xiaomi now sells fitness trackers and other accessories in the USA, so there's already some infrastructure in place for the company to expand upon. "We plan to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019". In past, the firm also made the Mi online store available for the US.

United States carriers may be reluctant to take on a new, relatively unknown smartphone brand because such a collaboration won't bring in a large number of new customers for the carrier, Lu added. Xiaomi's Redmi series, Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A had turned out to be prominent handsets in the Indian market.

Huawei, Oppo and Vivo are the company's rivals in its home market, China.

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Xiaomi may no longer be the top OEM in China but it still is doing well. It was the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer by market share in China previous year, according to Counterpoint.

Will Xiaomi find same India-like success in the US?

In such a scenario, the Chinese company needs to forge a deal with the topmost carriers such as Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. While both companies said the parting was mutual, the decision came after intense political blowback from US politicians who anxious that Huawei's technology poses security risks for USA businesses and customers. The FBI, NSA, and Central Intelligence Agency went as far as to warn citizens that they shouldn't use Huawei and ZTE products. Xiaomi might face the same difficulties before building a brand image in the market.

To prevail in the U.S. market, Xiaomi should band together with the bearers to maintain a strategic distance from the "worries" of the insight offices of the nation.

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