Xiaomi brilliantly mocks Apple with XS, XS Max, and XR special bundles

Xiaomi brilliantly mocks Apple with XS, XS Max, and XR special bundles
Apple CEO Tim Cook casually invited controversy by claiming his company aims to “serve everyone” on the heels of three new iPhone announcements, two of which are crazy expensive, with a third also not what we’d describe as affordable, starting at $749 in the US.

Oddly enough, Samsung’s perennially impish advertising department has yet to respond to last week’s iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR introductions, leaving Huawei and now Xiaomi at the forefront of the Apple-lampooning movement.

While Huawei chose to seize the day and release a trio of (mildly) amusing, fairly predictable Mate 20 event teasers on social media right after Cupertino’s big moment, Xiaomi carefully prepared its far more inventive jab.

Instead of merely pointing out how costly the latest iPhone triad is, the company has decided to offer a series of alternatives under some not-very-subtle names. The XR bundle (wink, wink) contains a Xiaomi Mi 8 SE phone with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage space, a 4 + 256GB configuration of the 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air, a Mi Band 3 wearable device, and a Mi Bluetooth Headset for a combined price of 6,499 yuan in China, roughly equating to only $945.

 

That just so “happens” to be the starting price of the iPhone XR in the world’s largest smartphone market, and the best thing about the aforementioned bundle is that all those items can be had today.

There are also special Xiaomi XS and XS Max packages including either a Mi Mix 2S or a proper Mi 8 variant, a Mi Notebook Air or Mi Notebook Pro, and the same Mi Band 3 and Mi Bluetooth Headset. These are priced exactly the same as the iPhone XS and XS Max too, which makes an incredibly strong point.

Of course, Xiaomi’s products are still nowhere to be found in the US, as well as fairly scarce in key European markets, but it’s no secret that Apple is paying more and more attention to China. The new iPhones even have special physical dual SIM card slots over there, which is unlikely to matter very much when comparing their prices to a combination of a high-end Android handset, activity tracker, Bluetooth headset and a full-fledged laptop. Well played, Xiaomi!

sources: Xiaomi (1), (2), (3)

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30 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

LMAO!

19. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

cheap Junk, nf said

28. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Yeah piyath, we all know the iPhone XR is crap.

30. Seanetta unregistered

The Chinese top brands aren't 'cheap junk' as you put it. I've had many and they are quality products. Not everyone can afford or even wants an iPhone. Overpriced junk

2. NateDiaz

Posts: 1084; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Poor people's Apple they say.

9. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

*Higher IQ people. XR is no more than 350$

16. NateDiaz

Posts: 1084; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Not more than 350 if it was running Android. It's an iPhone.

22. srgonu

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Yeah, and still can't do basic stuff android does. Why price higher for OS with limitatiins?

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Poor people don't buy tech stuff worth 1000 bucks, they would eat weeks for that kinda money.

29. Seanetta unregistered

So you mock poor people then??

3. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

This is just a coincidence... come on..

4. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Well damn that a very amazing offer by xiaomi

5. Cat97

Posts: 1859; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

There is no better way to show the Apple greediness. On the other hand though, we can sadly see how both the Xiaomi phones and laptops are design copycats of Apple products (even though they are pretty good quality-wise).

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

Xiaomi's Mi Mix flagship was copied by Apple and everyone else. It works both ways.

6. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

I like how Apple ignores stupid marketing like this. Instead of improve your own product. Currently using Note 8, but I would still call Samsung, Google and any company who does like the stupid mocking campaign. Google is the most stupid one as it mocks Apple headphone jack, but follow it in the next phone. Get a life and improve your product for us if you have such free time.

7. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

I like how Apple ignores stupid marketing like this. Instead of improve your own product. Currently using Note 8, but I would still call Samsung, Google and any company who does like the stupid mocking campaign. Google is the most stupid one as it mocks Apple headphone jack, but follow it in the next phone. Get a life and improve your product for us if you have such free time.

8. aReefer

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

LOL, and where does Apple make those iPhones anyway? :) Value for money matters. Apple didn't become a trillion dollar company by offering us a good deal.

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Far better value than anything Apple.

11. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Trolled Apple like a boss.

12. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Trolled Apple like a boss.

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Under cutting prices is not innovative... Look it here...it comes with a Fitbit, Samsung IconX’s, Apple MacBook, and this years attempt at iPhone X...all this for a mockery price of under $1000. Wow I call this innovation...

20. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

And Apple last innovated when? Every feature they've introduced recently has been on Android for years before Apple gets it. They remove features and increase the price. It's a smart business move as long as people buy it, but it screws over consumers

17. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Small companies mocking apple, it’s so lovely :))) It’s like people doing the same when they can’t do better than the leader

26. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

"It’s like people doing the same when they can’t do better than the leader" Well, if you don't know but Xiaomi is so much successful if you see their growth in such a small amount of time. And on the other hand, Apple loses its 2nd spot in the market. I really don't think that Apple is doing anything better than competion (expect Motorola and blackberry). They launched some great and innovative iphones like og iPhone, 3GS,4,5,7 plus,10. Everything else where completly overpriced.

27. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

When you make new things, then they might cost more but how the heck they are getting more and more overpriced without any new innovation, After all, older tech is cheaper but iPhones prices always gets higher with or without anything new.

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Says the company who's sole purpose of existence is to copy Apple and follow their lead. No one should bother with a cheap knockoff brand.

21. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Whereas Apple's sole purpose is to convince you to that a $200-300 phone is worth $750 and a $400-500 phone is worth $1k+

23. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Just like Samsung, at least iPhones are made to last for many years as they stated at the keynote, not only hardware wise but software too, meanwhile the Note 9 was born outdated and will get android P next year who knows when

24. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’ll wait for your predictable response, iOS is full of bugs, the note 9 has more features and blahblahblah ZZZzzzZZZzzz

25. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Same logic applies to all manufacturers. It's called "profit margin" if you haven't paid attention Mr. Logic.

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