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Xiaomi will start selling phones in Japan in 2020

Xiaomi will start selling phones in Japan in 2020
A Xiaomi official store in Barcelona, Spain. (Picture: Abacus)

Shoppers in Japan can buy Xiaomi phones and wearables starting next year, Nikkei Asian Review reports. Wang Xiang, head of international business, said the products will initially be sold exclusively through Xiaomi’s sales channels. The company hopes to eventually partner with wireless carriers, which sell most phones in Japan.

Xiaomi is currently the world’s fourth best-selling smartphone brand. Founded in 2010, the company originally became a global player by focusing largely on emerging markets. In recent years, though, it has branched into Western Europe. In 2018, it registered double-digit growth in global phone shipments despite a slowing market.

Wang said in 2017 that Xiaomi wants to open 2,000 stores within three years, with half of them overseas. That’s almost two a day!

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Panasonic won’t open Chinese battery plant for Tesla
Panasonic won’t open Chinese battery plant for Tesla
Tesla has been expanding across China, but its battery supplier Panasonic has no plans to plans to open a plant there for the EV maker. (Picture: Roy Issa/SCMP)
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Tencent has a new Tinder clone for 'high quality socializing'
Tencent has a new Tinder clone for 'high quality socializing'
Qingliao only shows users a limited number of profiles at a time. (Picture: Qingliao/iOS App Store)

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Man sues NetEase after his friend sells a US$1.4 million game character for US$500
Man sues NetEase after his friend sells a US$1.4 million game character for US$500
The local court touted this case as an example of how judges can mediate cases remotely. (Picture: Sichuan High Court)

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Didi will soon roll out a self-driving taxi service in Shanghai
Didi will soon roll out a self-driving taxi service in Shanghai
Didi’s autonomous driving team is developing and testing self-driving vehicles in both China and the US, the company says. (Picture: Didi)

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The Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia has a brand new look
The Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia has a brand new look
The new Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia looks nothing like the one that launched in China earlier this year. (Picture: Vivo)

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The Three-Body Problem animation trailer is getting mixed reactions
The Three-Body Problem animation trailer is getting mixed reactions
Former US President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have both read The Three-Body Problem. (Picture: Bilibili)

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China says its first permanent space station will be ready by 2022
China says its first permanent space station will be ready by 2022
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng (left) and Chen Dong (right) entering the Tiangong-2 space lab on October 19, 2016. (Picture: Xinhua)