Xiaomi has become one of the biggest smartphone makers in the world, despite having zero presence in the United States. And while the company isn't planning to launch its phones here any time soon — international VP Hugo Barra made that very clear in Xiaomi's first major press event in the US today in San Francisco — the company is getting ready to launch a US sales site in a few months and start selling some of its products here. It's a small first step into the American marketplace, but one that could foreshadow a bigger presence here in the states.
Yesterday, a number of tech sites wrote stories about the picture above, claiming that it showed an as-yet-unreleased laptop made by Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi. "And, to no one's surprise" they said, "it looks just like a MacBook Air." Unfortunately, the story was wrong. A Xiaomi spokesperson denied that the laptop was theirs and others have pointed out that the image actually shows a genuine fake: an unapologetic MacBook Air rip-off built by some anonymous white label firm which troublemakers had photoshopped Xiaomi’s logo onto.