January 5, 2015 by ...
Xiaomi sold quite a few knock offs last year. Its flagship MI4 model, for instance, is a Xerox copy of the IPhone, shown as pictured in this website.
All told, the Chinese firm sold 61 million handsets last year, proving crime pays. Not all of their kit was heavily ‘inspired’ by Apple design, but the good stuff was. For example. Here is a side-by-side comparison of their product offering and its Apple counterparts. As you can tell, Xiaomi believes that mimicry is the highest form of flattery. The Xiaomi gear and ads are indistinguishable from Jobs’ ware.
Be that as it may, Xiaomi has a killer year. They sold boatloads of units and raked in the cash, proving that crime pays. The simple truth is that Lei Jun and crew have to be laughing their way to the bank as their patent lawyers cringe. It is anybody’s guess if their kit will stand up in western courts or be banned as counterfeits. Right now this does not matter, for global markets do not seem to care.