Xiaomi Phone 2 preps Hong Kong and Taiwan launch, seeks early local testers on Facebook

Xiaomi Phone 2 preps Hong Kong and Taiwan launch, seeks early local testers on Facebook

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New We knew Xiaomi's keen to bring its phones into the European market, but before taking that long-haul flight, the Chinese company is going to make a couple of stops in Asia. According to the latest updates on the company's Twitter feed and a freshly-made Facebook group (under "Xiaomi Asia"),...
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