The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Palace Museum Edition.

Enlarge / The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Palace Museum Edition. (credit: Xiaomi)

In the last few years, we’ve witnessed a big change to the way the smartphone market works. China has become both the biggest smartphone market on Earth and home to some of the most interesting smartphone companies. Lately, all the cool and crazy smartphones seem to be launching in China first and then maybe (or sometimes never) in the rest of the world. This includes devices like the all-screen Oppo Find X with its crazy motorized pop-up camera. Earlier, you might have had an eye on the original Xiaomi Mi Mix, the phone that kicked off the slim-bezel smartphone craze.

With the United States often taking a backseat in the worldwide smartphone market, you might be tempted to import one of these exotic foreign smartphones. You can almost always do it—either through a random Chinese smartphone site or sometimes even on The question is, though, should you? Importing a smartphone will result in a number of challenges, so there are a few things to think about.

Connectivity issues

The biggest problem you’ll run into is with cellular connectivity, where a foreign …read more

Source:: Ars Technica


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