The Wall Street Journal: China’s Xiaomi to enter U.S. smartphone market as early as this year

China’s Xiaomi Corp. could sell smartphones in the U.S. as early as this year, extending its Western expansion as it plans a highly anticipated initial public offering.

Beijing-based Xiaomi, China’s fourth-largest smartphone vendor, has succeeded in emerging markets like India and Southeast Asia in recent years, and has also pushed into some Western markets, including Spain, where it opened stores earlier this year.

“We’ve always been considering entering the U.S. market,” Xiaomi Chairman Lei Jun said at the sidelines of China’s annual legislative session in Beijing. “We plan to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019.”

Breaking into the U.S.

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