Earlier this year, Xiaomi launched e-commerce site Mi.com in the US and select regions of Europe, and now the company seems to be ready with its first smartphone launch in America.
The Xiaomi device, understood to be the Redmi 2 Pro, has been spotted at the US government-owned telecommunication website, FCC (Federal Communication Commission).
Redmi 2 Pro, which just got certified by FCC, has same features as Redmi 2 Prime sold in India, with the only exception being it supports GSM850/1900 network spectrum having bands 7, 4 and 2. This means that Xiaomi phone will be able to support T-Mobile, AT&T and other US carrier networks, reported technology blog, Liliputing.
Under the hood, Redmi 2 Pro sports 4.7-inch HD and house Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt memory and a 2200 mAh battery. It is also said to support Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity feature.
This revelation comes just a few days after Lin Bin president (& co-founder), Xiaomi in an interview to Wall Street Journal hinted that the company is evaluating options to sell its phones in the US.
Many thought it would take a few months or a year for Xiaomi to release devices in the US considering the country's strict patent copyrights system, but the appearance of Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro on the FCC site indicates that the Chinese company is almost ready to launch really soon.
That being said, Redmi Prime 2 is a budget device, so it is unlikely to be scrutinised. But, it would be certainly different story if Xiaomi tries to sell Mi 4i or Mi4, which seem to look identical to Apple iPhone series in terms of design.
If the company has really made its mind to enter the US market, Xiaomi has to come up with original design for its devices and set up a dedicated team of R&D with a keen understanding of the domestic market needs, just like they have done in India.