I live in the USA, so there are no MI stores. The only way is to purchase online like ebay or banggood. My first Xiaomi was a Redmi 3 Prime, and it was awesome, so when I upgraded, I purchased a Redmi Note 5 with a global rom.
My old Redmi 3 Prime came with China ROM, and when the global rom was released, I flashed the global rom to it. So, now with this Redmi Note 5, I did not pay attention to global and china versions of the smartphones themselves, because the precedent is to purchase phone, unlock bootloader, then flash your choice of rom to it.
My new Redmi Note 5 came with MIUI 9, and OTA updates updated it to 10, then after next update a pop up message began to appear DAILY multiple times PER DAY!!!
"Thank you for chosing Xiaomi!
However, the device you purchased is not an official global version. Hence, it will affect user's experience. Next time please purchase the official global version from official authorized channels."
Okay, Xiaomi, open a store here in the USA or sell your phones to USA customers at your site and ship them here! No problem, BUT if I have been supporting your products (8 total phones now purchased as a result of me, and showing my phone to family members), then why NAG me daily with this message with no way of stopping it.
Now that I am aware of your wishes Xiaomi due to you repeating this message on my phone over 100 times!!! Please STOP!!! Why treat me like this???
Please turn off the message or allow me to click a box that says "okay, understood, do not show message again", etc.
Is there a way to turn off this "Thank you for chosing Xiaomi!" message???
Ticked off repeat customer in the USA