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Hugo Barra explains why not all Xiaomi products are available in all countries




Have you ever wondered why the Xiaomi Mi4 is still not available locally? If so, then allow Xiaomi’s own Hugo Barra to enlighten you with some of the necessary undertakings needed to export their products (even MiBunnies) to a particular market.

In the short video below, Barra explains that Xiaomi had to make minor alterations to their products in order to make it more “localized”, as well as getting a stamp of approval from the government agency of the country where a given product will be sold.

In the case of our beloved country, Xiaomi also had to deal with issues like port congestion and, most importantly, rampant corruption before they can successfully bring their goods in.



This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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11 Responses

  1. archie says:

    Nakakatawa yung mga nagcomment sa FB regarding this video of Hugo Barra. Di raw nila mafeel na third biggest manufacturing company ang Xiaomi dahil hirap silang makabili sa Pinas. Kung di corrupt ang customs at NTC sa sobrang laki ng communications tax, isasama tayo ng Xiaomi sa priority countries tulad ng India at Malaysia.

    • jughead says:

      lol, so hindi mas corrupt india? LOL. mas priority ibang bansa dahil matumal compared sa kanila sales ng xiaomi dito. kaya patingi2x sila dito para lalong maeenganyo ang pinoy sa produkto.

    • pinoy says:

      ang alam ko nilangaw ang Mi3. Not sure etong Redmi 1S

    • archie says:

      @jughead Oo bobong jughead, mas corrupt ang pinas kesa sa india. Nakapunta na ako doon at mas maliit ang taxes nila sa mga gadgets compared sa bansa natin. Mas maliit ang value ng currency nila pero alaga ang mga negosyo doon at hindi pinapatay ang import export tradings. At alam mo ang sabi ng mga Indian sa mga Pilipino? Masyado tayong mareklamo sa lahat ng bagay, kahit mura na ang gadget namamahalan pa rin tayo. Palugi na ang benta nambabarat pa. Kaya itigil mo na yang kakaLOL mo sa lahat ng post mo dahil para kang ulol kakagamit ng gasgas na LOL na yan.

    • Trix says:

      Corrupt kasi tayo ser, eh. Hindi lang ang customs at NTC. Mahirap maging hipokrito at magturo turo. Pero totoo tong sinasabi mo. Tapos ang bobo nung jughead, may masabi lang, parang ako.

  2. Dina Nadala says:

    Sa zte grand xl nalang kasi 1,999 lang!
    Kelan kaya next sale ng zte?

  3. WarrenC. says:

    Barra explains that Xiaomi had to make minor alterations to their products in order to make it more “localized”

    Translation: “We had to make our spyware that sends your personal data to our Chinese servers more hidden so no one would notice.” LOL

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