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Xiaomi seeks fans in Japan with budget-friendly phones

Chinese manufacturer taps new market abroad as Huawei eats its lunch at home

Xiaomi's Steven Wang says the company is ready to make a push into Japan with the start of 5G service in the country. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

BEIJING/TOKYO -- Xiaomi is bringing its low-cost, high-performance smartphones and an array of connected devices to the Apple-dominated Japanese market, part of an effort to bolster its business abroad as it stumbles in its home market of China.

The world's fourth-largest smartphone maker announced the move on Dec. 9. It has begun taking preorders on Amazon Japan for its flagship Mi Note 10. The handset, which features five rear cameras and a 108-megapixel sensor, will cost 52,800 yen ($486) for a 6-gigabyte model.

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