China-based Xiaomi is making some very early preparations to offer its family of smartphones in the U.S. through wireless carriers. A new report confirms that the company is currently testing smartphones on those networks, and an official U.S. launch could happen as early as 2017.
In a chat with Engadget, Xiaomi’s Global Vice-President Hugo Barra stated that U.S. network testing started with a special version of the company’s Mi 5 smartphone. However, he did not reveal exactly when these carrier tests began. He did say that the recently revealed Mi Note 2 will be another one of its phones that will be tested on U.S. networks.
The article points out that the company will have to learn how carriers test phones in the U.S. before they can officially launch in the country. That includes ensuring compatibility with some of the more unique bands that U.S. carriers employ. While the beginning of testing represents a huge step for Xiaomi in their plans to enter the massive U.S. smartphone market, Barra also cautions that it is indeed just a first step, saying, “We’re not going to launch something until we’re ready.”
Are you excited about the prospect of Xiaomi entering the U.S. market with its high-end, but also economical, smartphones in the future?