For the first time ever, Xiaomi took the opportunity to showcase some of its smartphone devices at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show recently held in the Entertainment Capital of the World. By way of a press conference, the Chinese mobile giant debuted a couple of new handsets, but unfortunately, it appears that these new offerings will only be made available in the company’s native homeland, China.
Some may be disappointed that Xiaomi is not yet planning to release devices in the United States mobile market anytime soon, but various industry watchers actually believe that the company is just biding its time, and is content with working out solid foundations before making an aggressive push to enter the highly competitive American market.
Other Chinese brands are already trying to generate considerable buzz to let US mobile users know that they are coming. Huawei is highlighting the release of its newest phablet, the Mate 9 (featuring Amazon’s Alexa AI digital assistant), while a couple of months ago, LeEco hosted a big coming out party in order to announce that it wants to be the next Amazon in American soil.
Xiaomi on the other hand is choosing to take it slow. During the CES 2017 event, the company decided to showcase a sleek white version of bezel-less gargantuan phablet, the Mi Mix, but no plans of releasing the device in the US. This white edition of the Mi Mix certainly is capable of attracting buyers. The 6.4 inch display screen may be a lot to handle for some, but just like any flagship device, the Mi Mix has plenty to offer -- there’s the 16 megapixel main camera on the rear side paired with a 5 megapixel secondary camera on the front side, a four core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip set (two 2.35 GigaHertz Kryo processors, and two 1.6 GigaHertz Kryo processors), 6 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), 256 gigabytes of onboard storage, a nonremovable 4,400 mAh battery, and MIUI 8.0, which is based on Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
To date, Xiaomi already sells its products in 20 countries across the globe, but it is yet to enter into US, Australian, and several European mobile markets. And some may be thinking that while Xiaomi taking a deliberate approach is wise, not striking while the iron is hot may have consequences for the Chinese phone maker, especially when it comes to a market as competitive as the US.
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