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Tech Talk: Smartphone-Maker Xiaomi Searches for Street Cred in Barcelona

This week marks the launch of Tech Talk, a bi-weekly column featuring in-depth looks at China’s latest technology trends and the companies behind the stories.

We’re taking a virtual magic carpet ride to Spain for this inaugural Tech Talk column, where smartphone wunderkind Xiaomi Inc. is making its own inaugural appearance at the world’s biggest telecommunication show in Barcelona. In many ways I feel like a sort of surrogate parent for this company, whose name is pronounced something like shyao-mee, as I’ve watched it grow up from its inception in 2010, including its high points and some low ones it would probably rather forget.

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