There are numerous obstacles Xiaomi has to overcome before it can start selling its smartphones in the West, not the least of which is the inevitability of copyright lawsuits, but that isn’t stopping the company from testing the waters with some of its other products. The company has announced that it will be fully launching its online store in the United States an a few other Western countries on June 1st, where users will be able to purchase a handful of the company’s products.
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.