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Topic # 242257 18-Oct-2018 07:19
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Xiaomi (Mi) is the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer and one of the world’s fastest growing mobile phone brands - with their share of the global handset market surging from less than 4% to 9% over the past 18 months.

 

In addition to smartphones, flagship products include electric scooters, robotic vacuum cleaners, wearable tech, home automation, appliance and lifestyle products such as sunglasses, razors and other homewares.

 

Xiaomi’s iconic Mi Stores are popular throughout Asia and Europe and New Zealand will become the latest market to have access to the Mi technology ecosystem with the opening of the first authorised Mi Store in Auckland early next month.

 

New Zealand spokesperson for the brand Eric Chang says a strong value proposition for consumers is behind the company’s rapid growth and says the arrival of the brand here will see significantly lower prices on a range of smart devices.

 

He says sales of Mi smartphones grew by 88% last year - in contrast to the global market decline of 3% facing their competitors.

 

“Mi’s stellar performance in recent years is driven from a unique business model which can see some products are sold at cost or below, and subsidised with content offers and accessories as part of the wider Mi ecosystem. This means they can leverage scale to take advantage of reduced prices for key components and sell hardware with specifications comparable to high end devices at a fraction of the cost.

 

“What this will mean for Kiwi consumers is the ability to purchase a Mi mobile phone like the Redmi Note 5 which has similar specifications to a $1400 competing model on the market already - but selling for around 70% less,” he says.

 

The new Mi retail store will open in Auckland’s Sylvia Park Shopping Centre in early November.

 





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  Reply # 2110197 18-Oct-2018 07:56
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I wonder if this will include official support for their lifestyle and home automation items.. like their tv's, lights and sensors.. or if it'll just be phones and tablets.


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  Reply # 2110198 18-Oct-2018 08:00
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I will look forward to this store opening and will make the pilgrimage across Auckland to pay it a visit. Hopefully it will build to a full range of Xiaomi products, particularly (from my perspective) the home automation and AV stuff. One up on Samsung and Google who still haven't brought their HA products to NZ.
I'll be disappointed if it's just Mi phones, but has to start somewhere I guess.




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  Reply # 2110199 18-Oct-2018 08:08
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@premiumtouring:

I wonder if this will include official support for their lifestyle and home automation items.. like their tv's, lights and sensors.. or if it'll just be phones and tablets.



Did you read the post or just the subject? Second paragraph could not be clearer.




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  Reply # 2110200 18-Oct-2018 08:10
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Will be a lot of work getting approval for all those mains voltage devices. Or maybe they'll just have the USB powered things and skip the Mi plugs etc

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  Reply # 2110201 18-Oct-2018 08:12
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This is fantastic news. It'll be interesting to see how much more expensive things are when sold locally. Even still, expecting good things!


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  Reply # 2110207 18-Oct-2018 08:27
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tanivula:

 

This is fantastic news. It'll be interesting to see how much more expensive things are when sold locally. Even still, expecting good things!

 

 

My thoughts exactly, whats it going to do to the market of their items being brought into the country.

 

Fingers crossed minimal increase but would expect something because they'll be able to offer local support etc.

 

 





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  Reply # 2110209 18-Oct-2018 08:32
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bring it in Xiaomi! Can't wait!





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  Reply # 2110221 18-Oct-2018 08:59
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Yeah boy!!

 

Would definitely be keen for a pilgrimage visit next month.

 

I have been to couple of their stores back home in Taiwan, which are ALWAYS crowded.

 

Annually they have Mi Fan festival which offer strictly limited time huge price reductions on selected items, I wonder if this NZ store would participate in that.

 

Also would be interested to see the range they will stock.

 

 


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  Reply # 2110234 18-Oct-2018 09:19
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Also would be interested to see the range they will stock.

 

 

I'd be more interested in prices. as in Russia official Mi store charges 30-50% more :( killing all the competitive advantage and people still better off ordering online. 





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  Reply # 2110276 18-Oct-2018 09:27
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kobiak:

 

Also would be interested to see the range they will stock.

 

I'd be more interested in prices. as in Russia official Mi store charges 30-50% more :( killing all the competitive advantage and people still better off ordering online. 

 

 

 

 

Let's hope it's not as outrageous as that.

 

Different market/country have different market conditions such as currency exchange rate, population, tax rate etc.

 

But come October next year when GST on all online orders, the price advantage for purchasing online will be a moot point or a lot less advantageous I'd imagine.


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  Reply # 2110279 18-Oct-2018 09:31
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freitasm:
@premiumtouring:

I wonder if this will include official support for their lifestyle and home automation items.. like their tv's, lights and sensors.. or if it'll just be phones and tablets.



Did you read the post or just the subject? Second paragraph could not be clearer.


To be fair, the second paragraph could be clearer. It addresses what Xiaomi does as a manufacturer not what the NZ store will stock. That is kind of covered in the third paragraph though, talking about the technology ecosystem.
We do tend to get only a subset of what manufacturers offer internationally in this little corner of the world. Good on Xiaomi if they are here with the correct Z-wave frequencies, etc.
Edit: Actually, most of their stuff seems to be ZigBee.




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  Reply # 2110293 18-Oct-2018 09:52
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Great news - The Xiaomi products look to be pretty good quality and value for money but mostly only available via sites like Aliexpress etc. or a few random products via the local electronic resellers.

 

Not that many of their phones seem to support band 28 - so not sure what model phones they will be selling. I imagine only the more upmarket ones that seem to include that band.

 

I am in the market for a replacement 10" android tablet so may have to see if they have any mi pads available and what sort of prices they will have.





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  Reply # 2110297 18-Oct-2018 09:57
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freitasm:
@premiumtouring:

 

I wonder if this will include official support for their lifestyle and home automation items.. like their tv's, lights and sensors.. or if it'll just be phones and tablets.

 



Did you read the post or just the subject? Second paragraph could not be clearer.

 

I read the post.. can you point out where it states those items will included and available on launch? Every flag ship consumer electronic store in NZ is always 1/10th the experience you'd expect anywhere else in the world. 


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  Reply # 2110299 18-Oct-2018 10:04
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Nice. I feel I'm due for an upgrade to my Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, hopefully the price is right vs Aliexpress


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  Reply # 2110421 18-Oct-2018 12:14
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Just visited one of their shops in SIngapore this week and I can't wait to see what they bring into NZ.

 

I just hope that they add Band 28 LTE to more of their phone lineup. I'm after a new device but their Mi A2 currently doesn't shop with B28

 

 





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