(Update, February 17, 2018: And it’s open! Read these related articles: Price list of products you can buy at 1st Xiaomi Mi Store in PH and Xiaomi’s 2nd authorized Mi Store in PH to open in March. Update, February 6, 2018: It’s official! Xiaomi is coming back to the Philippines indeed. Read Confirmed: 1st official Xiaomi Philippines store to open Feb. 17. Update, January 29, 2018: Woohoo! We just got word from a Xiaomi executive. Read about it at Xiaomi returning to the Philippines by Feb. 2018 — source.)
#RevuLive episode broadcast yesterday, September 16, where we talked about this store (and showed the unannounced Meizu M6)
If you recall, a spokesperson sent us this statement in June 2016 five months after we first asked our contact at the company for confirmation of rumors that they’re coming back to the Philippines.
‘Xiaomi currently does not have official distributors in the Philippines. All official announcements in the future will come directly from Xiaomi.’
As we had said then, the statement does not necessarily mean that the Chinese manufacturer won’t return here. Perhaps there are still some kinks that need to be ironed out and that Xiaomi itself — and not a distributor — will make an announcement as soon as everything’s ready.
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So are we going to get that announcement soon? You see, according to the staff at the shop — renamed to SmartFuture supposedly because of incorporation issues — they’re just waiting for the papers to be processed. Those papers will allegedly give them the go-signal to sell Mi phones.
Right now, they’re selling Xiaomi products except for handsets. There are laptops, televisions, scooters, power banks, speakers, VR headsets, and routers. There are water and air purifiers, electric fans, backpacks, and so much more. In fact, we bought ourselves that lamp that got a Gold Award for Product Design at the international competition conducted by the iF International Forum Design.
Xiaomi Mi Folding Electric Scooter. We had a GREAT time. Can you tell?
Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum. Don’t worry, it’s not going to
jump fall off the table.
However, there are already wall fixtures that advertise the Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi Redmi 4X (albeit spelling it “Red Mi 4X”). And the staff there said that they will have a grand opening about two weeks from now, and hopefully the smartphones will be there on that day. They specifically mentioned the Xiaomi Mi 6, Redmi 4X, Mi A1, and Mi MIX 2.
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In fact, they also revealed that they’ll have five shops by February 2018:
- Circuit Lane in Makati City
- Vertis North in Quezon City (opening in October 2017)
- Festival Mall in Muntinlupa City
- Ayala Malls Feliz in Cainta, Rizal
- Still-undisclosed location
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It’s worth pointing out that the sales staff are wearing orange uniforms with “Mi Philippines” written on them. And that everything looks and feels like the Mi Home stores we have visited in China.
Of course, take all these with a grain of salt because they’re statements given by the sales staff and not from an official spokesperson of the company behind the shop. We did leave our contact details, and we’re hoping to get a statement from them. We’re awaiting another statement from our friends at the Xiaomi headquarters in Beijing as well.
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Whether this will turn out to be an official Xiaomi store or not, you can’t fault us if we had a grand time here. After all, it’s been quite a while since the company quietly left the Philippines. To say that we’ve been wishing for a Mi Home to open here is an understatement.
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