Speculation that Xiaomi would attempt to crack a mature market like the United States has been growing since this summer, when former Google executive Hugo Barra raised the possibility at the Code conference, though he offered no timeframe.
The company will need to strengthen its patent portfolio before it gets here.
When Xiaomi entered the India market last year, it was greeted by a suit from Ericsson AB, which alleged the smartphone maker hadn't licensed inventions by Ericsson that enable wireless devices to connect to networks. The U.S. market is no less litigious, especially for a device that bears a strong resemblance to Apple's iPhone.
Lin didn't dwell on his U.S. ambitions. Instead, he used the conference stage to show video of the newly introduced self-balancing scooter and the company's new 60-inch television, the Mi TV 3.