Not every company attends the major tech events that holds during the year. Some usually have their own separate events where they launch their latest products. And others don’t attend because there is nothing to showcase. Xiaomi seems to belong to the latter as a spokesman has revealed that it will not be attending this year’s MWC in Barcelona.
The decision not to attend comes as a surprise to all as Xiaomi usually announces its flagship for the year at the event. So if it is not attending due to not having any new product, that means the Mi 6 isn’t ready. And the only plausible cause might be the supply issues plaguing the Snapdragon 835 processor.
Some folks might think the company is also not attending the event due to the departure of Hugo Barra but the reason above seems like a more genuine one. Xiaomi still has plans to attend other events outside of China and was at this year’s edition of CES where it launched a new router and TV.
Xiaomi is also taking things a bit slow this year. CEO Lei Jun had said that the company grew too fast and will be entering a transitional period. In a IHS report for shipments recorded last year, Xiaomi recorded just 58 million units to sit at the fourth position; a far cry from Huawei’s 139 million units and OPPO and Vivo’s 95 and 82 million units respectively.