Earlier this week, Xiaomi launched their next flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 5. The handset was initially announced for China and India, and was expected to make its way to other markets in the future. However if you were hoping for some kind of global availability, you might be disappointed.
According to Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra, it seems that for now the Xiaomi Mi 5 will only launch in its core markets. However he did admit that the company was eyeing other markets, but also added that “it’s far too early to make any statements”. This means that unless Xiaomi announces otherwise, the Mi 5 will arrive in markets such as China, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, and probably, Brazil.
Xiaomi had previously expressed interest in launching in markets like the US. However last we checked, the company claimed that they were still pretty far away from doing away. Barra had stated that it would take at least a year, so we guess Xiaomi fans in the US will still have a bit of waiting to do.
It is understandable why Xiaomi might be so appealing. The company has been known to create pretty decent handsets that are cheap, making them value for money purchases, meaning that those who don’t want to splurge on high-end flagships will have a worthy alternative to turn to for a much cheaper price.