Xiaomi's Hugo Barra: "We've been copied more than any other Chinese company"

Xiaomi made quite the headlines yesterday and one-upped the competition, as it announced the world's first smartphone with both a Snapdragon 810 chipset and 4GB of RAM aboard (the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro), as well as it more affordable and less power-laden brother, the Xiaomi Mi Note

Xiaomi CEO and co-founder, Lei Jun, also got his fair share of the spotlights by claiming that his company is "the world's leading innovator" and revealed that Xiaomi will be filing for “tens of thousands of patents a year” in the future.

As far as today's concerned, it's Hugo Barra's time to shine. The ex-Google employee that is now a vice president of Xiaomi's global operations gave a video interview today. He also addressed all those allegations that Xiaomi, one of the largest smartphone makers in the world, is what it is because it copied from its bigger rivals and mostly Apple. 

He also revealed that it will probably take a few years before Xiaomi's products hit the Western markets, namely the "insanely competitive" European and North American ones. Be patient, Xiaomi fans in the West!

Some of you might remember that a few months ago Xiaomi's president, Lin Bin, and Apple's chief designer, Jony Ive, had a brief dispute: Ive accused that Xiaomi is blatantly ripping off Apple's designs and Lin Bin nonchalantly offered him a Xiaomi smartphone for free.

source: BBC

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Mi Note
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(34h 3G talk time)
Mi Note Pro
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

wait ..what!

11. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

He said they've been copied. Wait, what?!

30. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

What... Wait?

42. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The irony!...

45. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

JUST stop fighting and enjoy the technology at an unbeatable price.....

50. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Poor battery life, watered down software features, and a bevvy of hardware defects I'm imagining. You get what you pay for - a spec sheet with an uncalibrated offering.

56. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have a positive experience with XiaoMi Redmi Note. It's low end price with mid end specifications and performance. All Android Games even graphic intensive ones runs smoothly. Hugo needs to give specific examples about how XiaoMi is innovative. Give facts! His PR skill still need brushing up.

59. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I own a global version of the mi3 & non of those B.S. you are spouting is real. Better try a Xiaomi phone first before you critisize it.

63. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Which Xiaomi device did you used and found these issues? Plz mention the model no.(IF YOU EVER USED ONE)

60. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

What? Somebody copied? Who?

57. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

"...the social media approach, the e-commerce, and so on" Well that's marketing strategy mate, not innovation. Thus the use of word "copy" is not appropriate.

64. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Innovation is done in terms of marketing strategy as well

65. blaruku

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Innovation is not just hardware.

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Say what??

3. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Of course it's going to take a few years for these phones to hit the western market. By then they would have changed the design but not before becoming popular by copying the designs of other phones namely the iPhone. It's actually pretty smart; you avoid getting sued while building up brand loyalty with a premium design that sales in the millions. Apple can't touch them now because they don't have a market presence in the United States or countries that protect them.

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

mmmm hmmmmm

5. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Very innovative company? Care to explain this crap, what is its innovation? All of its components are from other companies. What it does better is its price tag.

24. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Because you work there or have been in their headquarters for a full day to state they don't innovate.

28. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

So what have they innovated? I'll tell you what innovation is: Samsung: Real maker of Superamoled display, Exynos chipset, the 1st to make phablet,... many more. By this example, i hope you would understand what innovation is.

31. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Just because a company buys SoCs or displays from another company doesn't mean they don't innovate on other key areas of the phone, but keep thinking that the only way to innovate is by doing SoCs or displays.

61. archit6371

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

CanYouSeeTheLight are you scared to answer what he said. You are deliberately avoiding the question. What did Xiaomi invent which makes it a (as hugo said) 'innovator'? Don't say e-commerce or first phone wityh 4gb ram and crap because that's not innovation but something which was inevitable with 64 bit phones.. So enlighten me with some 'xiaomi' innovations then may be i can tell you what xiaomi copied :D

32. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

dell streak 5?? manufacturing is not innovation, if am not mistaken first amoled smartphone come from nokia

39. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

No, Amoled is a Samsung innovation. Nokia used Samsung's OLED Innovation.

54. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Amoled is Oled fyi, the origin of it is Oled, Every Amoled comes from Oled, but Oled doesn't come from Amoled. Oled is the father of Amoled. Do I have to explain more? Nokia was first

41. victornic

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

First amoled, samsung omnia HD = I8910, released may 2009.

55. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I don't see how 2 is innovation, and 3 isn't even true.

49. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

they provide updates on a weekly bases which include features that are crowd sourced from their fanbase. Name another company that does that; that is innovation.

6. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Said no one ever!

7. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

He's just full of sh*t as usual.

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I dare all oems not to use hunger marketing to sell their phone since they think xiaomi has no innovation.

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