“What a difference two years makes. In late 2014, the financial media became obsessed with a small smartphone company called Xiaomi,” Bob Ciura writes for Seeking Alpha. “The company was founded in 2010 and was growing rapidly. By early 2015, the hype turned into full-blown mania. Analysts fell in love with the Xiaomi story. Xiaomi was seen as a real threat to Apple and was being lauded as the ‘Apple of China.'”

“Fast forward and hardly anyone ever talks about Xiaomi anymore. It virtually disappeared from the financial media, and only recently resurfaced, albeit for all the wrong reasons,” Ciura writes. “A recent article in International Business Times suggests Xiaomi’s valuation has plunged to less than $4 billion in the private markets.”

“The lesson we can glean from the Xiaomi case is that Apple’s brand is too strong to be undone by low-cost competition, even in international markets where Apple’s brand equity is not as high as it is in the United States,” Ciura writes. “Just as cheap competition from Xiaomi and others did not stop Apple in China, moving forward, Apple won’t be stopped in India either… Apple won out because of its premium brand, high-quality devices and the benefits of its ecosystem. Cheap competition simply can’t fully replicate the Apple experience.”

Xiaomi’s MIUI 6 Android skin mimics Apple's iOS 7

Xiaomi’s MIUI 6 Android skin mimics Apple’s iOS 7


Xiaomi MiPad

Xiaomi MiPad


Xiaomi M4 (left), Apple iPhone 5s (right)

Xiaomi M4 (left), Apple iPhone 5s (right)

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MacDailyNews Take: Xiaomi makes Samsung look like original thinkers. Hugo Barra, who used to be in charge of Google’s Android division, is a Xiaomi VP. Plus, the knockoff outfit is led by an even more despicable slime bucket than Samsung:

“[Steve] Jobs will die someday, so there are still opportunities for us. The meaning of our existence is just waiting for him to kick the bucket.” – Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, August 30, 2011

The “Apple of China?” More like The BlackBerry of China.

Xiaomi can’t FOAD fast enough.

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