Xiaomi's CEO says the Apple iPhone is still the best

Xiaomi's CEO says the Apple iPhone is still the best
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun runs one of the up and coming names in the smartphone world. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 powered Xiaomi Mi3, for example, recently scored over 37,000 on the AnTuTu benchmark test. And still, the company takes care of the low-end as well with its ridiculously affordable Xiaomi Red Rice model.

While Jun has been compared to the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, it isn't a label he is seeking or even wants. Still, when it comes to Apple, Jun has a warm spot in his heart. During a recent interview with Beijing News, Jun said that the "iPhone is still the best smartphone on the planet. For Xiaomi there’s a lot of space for learning and talent."

Xiaomi's business plan, though, is much different than Apple's. The company could be considered more like Amazon as it sells its hardware for cost, and makes up the difference with online sales. And this is paying off for Jun as the company was recently valued at $11 billion during its last round of financing. The executive sees the smartphone replacement trend continuing through 2016 and says that high-speed mobile internet should continue to grow.

While Jun raves over the iPhone, he should be proud of the Xiaomi Mi3 with its 5 inch 1080 x 1920 resolution LCD display, the NVIDIA Tegra 4 under the hood, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP rear facing camera on board. A 3050mAh battery powers the model. While Xaomi has become the fifth top selling smartphone name in China, Jun now has to get the rest of the world to notice it.

source: CNbeta.com (translated) via UnwiredView

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Mi-3
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 3050 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2

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48 Comments

48. Lakuta1978

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

yupe iphone is the best....

46. qiangshengchen

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

hehe...

42. CradleVindicated

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Kata i2 is the best phone.

30. REXTECH

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

The most influential discovery of 21st century. iPhone and iPad.Mac???

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can't go wrong with an iPhone. Best is subjective though, depends on the user.

40. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

If I had to choose one phone for rest of my life, I would pick iPhone. I like my Note 3 but I love my 5C.

41. CradleVindicated

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Darkjeddi, I think you wish iphone 5s to Santa Calus this Christmas.

27. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Many phone companies know this, but still dont want to admit it, so they make more phone just to stay in shape

26. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

who say? xiaomi's ceo? I don't Care :)

25. jove39

Posts: 2152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

He is right...people who want phone with 4" screen...iPhone 5s is best...but when we move to 5" displays...iPhone seems child then.

36. bibekpachhai unregistered

that is true but I'm waiting for the next iPhone which should have a 4.8ish screen according to the rumors.

19. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

If he wants his phones to be noticed outside China, start exporting them. There's plenty of people who would purchase those monsters, pricing and specs are spot on. SMH

8. GeekMovement unregistered

Correction: the iPhone is the best smartphone on the planet FOR HIM. It's kind of unprofessional how he just concludes that what he says is a fact. Yes, the iPhone is a great smartphone, but it's not the best in my opinion and I can't even say there is such thing as a best smartphone. I'm just happy that there is an excellent offering for each platform (android, ios, and wp). Blackberry has failed me and sailfish has yet to debut in the states so I'll be looking forward to it. In my opinion, here are the best smartphoneS so far: Android: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 iOS: iPhone 5S WP: Nokia Lumia 1520

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

It's all about what OS you like.

11. GeekMovement unregistered

exactly!

7. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Wow for a site to be claimed as "I phonearena" there seems to be a lot of droid fans that stay loyal to it

5. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

when some one says Iphone is the best phone they actually mean iphone is the best iphone not phone.lol

3. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

apples years are done. They are far from the best phones on the planet.

9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

What? After Samsung, Apple is last company to go bankrupt. iPhones, iPads, Macs sell well, (marketshare is dropping, not sales)have highest loyality and satisfaction ratings and eventhough many people hate Apple, many love it. And more than 50% of 5C buyers came from another brand. Years are done, huh. 5 was and 5S will likely to be best selling phone model in many markets. (I'm besides 5C happy owner of Note 3 and Nexus 7 so don't call me with the s- and f-word)

13. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

And actually Macs marketshare is groving (from small percentage, like WP).

18. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

macs are great

33. zuliner

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

Waiting for next iphone, with 75mmW, 1350mmH. More appearance. It is such a great device......

22. tedkord

Posts: 17520; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, there was a recent story about Samsung scoring higher customer satisfaction for tablets. Might have been JD Power.

35. bibekpachhai unregistered

I used to own an iPod touch and their customer service automatically think of them as a good company. I have always had great service with them and the only reason I have bought android device was because it wasn't available for my carrier and iPhone 5 didn't seem that great. After having my s3 replaced two times, I'm honestly done with android. I tried htc phones and lg as well but they aren't as great. Plus the update on android suck so much!

2. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

That's like Lebron James saying Michael Jordan is still the best, it's more about attempted modesty and humility not actual fact. Good lord you guys will do anything to attempt to make Apple look good. SMH

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i think he's drunk, his own company is still better at least when it comes to phones. otherwise, yes apple is pretty good

4. mturby unregistered

He is being honest, unlike SAMSUNG and some others. I am an android user/fan, but Iphone is the best android competitor and a powerful OS and device (5/5s).

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

he is an idiot. Sasmung and others dont need to admit that. They should think their own products are best if not then no point in having other products.

16. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

ok yes the 5s is powerful but its crippled with a terrible OS

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol calm down all, this is an excellent example of modesty and humility. The iPhone is a great device and he is calling it for its strength. It is much better than a pompous attitude like Nokia and MS had (and BB). Yea Apple sucks because they're douchy (mainly cause management) but their designers and engineers have done a great job with the products.

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