Last week Xiaomi kicked off a test of its Mi store for the UK, Germany, France, and the United States. The initial test saw the sell of a few select accessories in limited batches. The good news is the test phase apparently went well, as Xiaomi has now announced it is fully launching its store in these markets starting June 1st.
Just like before, Xiaomi is only offering the Mi Band ($14.99), a 5000 mAh power bank ($9.99), a 10500 mAh power bank ($13.99) and a high-end headphone set ($79.99). The only difference is that quantities should be less restricted, and likely Xiaomi will add several other accessories in the weeks and months to come.
Of course what most of us are really waiting for are their phones and tablets. We imagine patents relating to software and hardware design are at least part of what’s holding back this expansion, but then there’s also considerations like the need for global support centers if they were to bring their phones to new markets, changes in the software to make it more ‘western’ friendly, and the list goes on.
For now we’ll have to be content with this small baby step, knowing that if all goes well, the Mi store’s full launch could just be the beginning of bigger things for the company in the U.S. and Europe. If Xiaomi did bring its phones and tablets to your market, would you consider making a purchase?