Category Archives: Fraud
We are certain the device that Bluebox tested is not using a standard MIUI ROM, as our factory ROM and OTA ROM builds are never rooted and we don’t pre-install services such as YT Service, PhoneGuardService, AppStats etc. Bluebox could have purchased a phone that has been tampered with, as they bought it via a physical retailer in China. Xiaomi does not sell phones via third-party retailers in China, only via our official online channels and selected carrier stores.
— Hugo Barra, VP International
I must side with Xiaomi on this one.
As I’ve pointed out numerous times here, Xiaomi and Lei Jun are constantly banging the drum against Xiaomi counterfeits and insisting the only trustworthy source of their products is Xiaomi itself.
March 11, 2015 update: Thanks to E.T. in Comments, we now know the Mi 4 tested was a fake! Always buy from trusted sources!
It’s incredible how many people fell for that troll. No, I’m not the source of it nor do I know who was.
And I’ll rat myself out. I mentioned Gladwell in several posts here.
(In my weak defense, I was thoroughly unimpressed with his David and Goliath and wouldn’t even waste time on a post damning it.)
More than one site in China has pointed out disturbing similarities between the design of the new Xiaomi air purifier and one from Balmuda.
It’s now reached peak plagiarism, with an article at Sina Tech pointing out how Xiaomi basically ripped off most of Balmuda’s design [Google Translate].
Balmuda released an official statement alleging design plagiarism [Google Translate].
Really, if this was to go to court and before a jury, Xiaomi would lose big-time [Google Translate]. Everyday people might not know a thing about aerodynamics and such, but they can damn well tell a rip-off when they see one.
This is a big black eye for Xiaomi. They should be ashamed.
It’s time to retire your damn copying machine, Xiaomi, and let your designers do their jobs.