Xiaomi is a company becoming well known for doing nothing with their business but coping popular competitors, while simultaneously getting upset with imitators. With Apple and Samsung being the most popular smartphone manufacturers on the planet, Xiaomi has their targets in sight. With their latest phone, they’ve copied both Samsung and Apple. Samsung’s TouchWiz isn’t something I’d consider worth copying, but no one can deny that it’s been popular. That’s why Xiaomi made a stretched out, plastic iPhone 5, with an operating system that looks just like Samsung’s TouchWiz. How far can Xiaomi go before they’ve gone too far? Eventually this copying is going to catch up with them.
Xiaomi’s latest phone is a mouthful, at least in English. It’s plastic-coated hybrid of Apple and Samsung is called the “Xiaomi Gold-East 5 Inch Octa-core Smartphone”. If that didn’t clue you in, the phone has a 5 inch screen with an octa-core processor, unless its name is extremely deceiving. As far as exact specs, there’s a 1.4GHz octa-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 720p display, 5 megapixel camera, along with a 2MP front facing camera, a 2,000mAh battery, and a custom version of Android 4.4 KitKat. Those specs make this a mid to low end phone, even with that octacore processor. However, it looks like two high end devices, and that’s how Xiaomi’s going to market it. It costs the equivalent of $114, but the buyer needs to buy at least 1,000 units. This will mostly be for resale, so the final price will likely be closer to $200. That’s still quite cheap, which for this copied piece of hardware, is probably a little overpriced.