02/13/15 2:28:57 AM
China’s largest smartphone brand, Xiaomi, is extending its footprint to the United States with plans to start selling accessories online in the next several months. Tara Joseph reports.
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China’s largest smartphone company Xiaomi is about to begin selling its accessories online in the United States.
The company’s colorful wrist bands – called mi bands – can unlock phones, calculate your steps and analyze your sleep, all for a very affordable price of about 12 bucks
They’ve been a hit with Chinese users because of their low cost and the company’s heavy reliance on user interaction.
Xiaomi’s headphones also sell online just over 10 dollars a pair – and they could be coming to a dot-com store in English.
Xiaomi is a five-year-old start-up. It’s come out of nowhere to become China’s fastest-selling mobile brand.
The company’s Brazilian vice president for international sales Hugo Barra came from Google.
And Xiaomi is close to securing a manufacturing partner in Brazil where it will start selling phones in the first half of this year.
Xiaomi may be on a global roll, but the U.S. market may be hard to crack.
Bigger-ticket items like phones and tablets sell under a carrier sales and phone subsidy structure – eliminating Xiaomi’s low-cost advantage in the States.
Barra, however, wants to put Xiaomi’s strategy of talking to consumers to the test – putting Xiaomi merchandise in front of them, testing opinion and making tweaks to the product.
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