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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has been disrupting the smartphone market at home and generating an awful lot of buzz. But should you believe the hype? We take a look at some of the stumbling blocks in the way of international success.

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Xiaomi came to the San Francisco to introduce itself. The choice of venue is important – San Francisco is close to the heart of the tech world, Silicon Valley, and it’s home to many technology journalists. In one swoop, Xiaomi is introducing itself to the US tech press, and signaling that it’s ready to play with the big boys of Silicon Valley.