Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has been talking about expanding to the US for years, but has never said exactly when.
Xiaomi didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
"We hope to be an immediate success in the US so we need a lot of time and careful preparation to achieve that,".
Xiaomi is also planning an initial public offering later this year. The company was the world's No. 5 smartphone vendor in the third quarter of 2017. It already sells some of its other products in the US, including the Mi Box set-top box, fitness trackers and watches, and smart home devices. In January, the Facebook-owned Oculus said it's for China.