Xiaomi confirms its nicest phones in 2020 aren't leaving China

Mi 10 Ultra
Mi 10 Ultra (Image credit: Xiaomi)

What you need to know

  • Xiaomi this week announced the Redmi K30 Ultra and the Mi 10 Ultra.
  • The company later confirmed that these phones would remain China-exclusive.
  • There are also no plans for a rebranding at this time either.

Xiaomi this week announced two powerfully specced models, the Mi 10 Ultra, and the Redmi K30 Ultra. Both models were created for the company's 20th anniversary, and they're both packed with audacious specs at acceptable prices (especially the Mi 10 Ultra.)

If you were holding out hope that Xiaomi would announce U.S. or Europe release dates though, it's time to quell that particular fantasy. Speaking to Android Authority, the company said: "Both Mi 10 Ultra and Redmi K30 Ultra won't be launching outside of Mainland China." It also confirmed to GSMArena that it would not be rebranding these phones either. They simply won't be coming outside China in any form.

Xiaomi could change its mind eventually, but that's the news at the moment. Despite misgivings in the western market about Xiaomi's MIUI software, the company does have excellent hardware especially with the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. With the Mi 10 Ultra, it leaned into that advantage 120%, and it's a shame it won't be coming to western markets.

Xiaomi Mi 10

Xiaomi Mi 10

The Mi 10 isn't as devoted to glorious spec excess as the Mi 10 Ultra — but you can actually buy this one outside of China. If you don't care too much about the MIUI vs Stock Android experience and just want a good smartphone experience, this is one option you can't go wrong with.

Michael Allison