Early last month, we reported that Xiaomi is planning to enter the Japanese market by 2020. Technically, plans have already been underway and it appears the Chinese giant will be making its formal entry into Japan earlier than expected.
The official Xiaomi Japan Twitter account has announced that there will be an event on December 9. A rough translation of the caption for the tweet says the company is arriving in Japan earlier than planned and will officially enter into the market on December 9.
予定していたよりも早く日本の皆様にお会いできることとなり、 大変嬉しく思っています。12月9日のXiaomi日本参入をお楽しみに!! pic.twitter.com/sJGDdEELbt
— Xiaomi Japan (@XiaomiJapan) December 2, 2019
At the moment, we do not know which products will be announced on that day but we are pretty sure the account will drop teasers as the event draws closer.
A lot of folks are excited about Xiaomi’s entry into the market as it may herald the launch of fully-waterproof Xiaomi phones. Water-resistance is a common feature of phones sold in Japan, so we expect Xiaomi will want to cater to the market by adding it to its devices.
Other than phones, we are pretty sure there will be a number of smart home products announced at the event such as TVs, bulbs, air conditioners, and air purifiers. Japan may also get some lifestyle products too.