Chinese-based Xiaomi recently revealed it had sold nearly 35 million smartphones in the first half of 2015. However, none of them were in the huge US market, and according to new statements from a company executive, that won't be changing anytime soon.
In a video interview with Bloomberg, Xiaomi's Vice President of Global Operations Hugo Barra stated that it's a big undertaking to launch smartphone sales in the U.S., with a lot of factors involved, including building up a customer service team, localizing hardware and more. However, he did say that Xiaomi will launch in the U.S. "someday". When pressed for more details he said, "It's no less than a year, plus, away... Potentially much more than a year away." This is certainly in keeping with what the company previously stated in a press conference earlier in 2015.
The bottom line is that Xiaomi will launch its phones when it is ready for the U.S. market, but it will take a ton of effort behind the scenes before that happens — for now it'll keep its limited offering of accessories available in the country. You can check out the full interview below.