Hooray!!!, they better be competitively priced or I'll order them from Hong Kong anyway.
Lets not confuse IPR with SW backdoors. They are not the same. The tier one chinese manufacturers are pretty much aware of IPR issues and managing appropriately.
i personally like buying year-old flagships, however for someone in the market for a midrange phone, xiaomi caries an enormous amount of value, and if people aren't freaked out by the name, there is a potential to do a lot of good business. and I do think xiaomi has a better logo/name as far as American market perception is concerned (but that's just a personal opinion).