30 December 2016
Xiaomi is known as "Apple of China" and one of the reasons behind that name is a number of copying accusations again the Chinese unicorn startup. The company has launched various products with design said to be copied from various well-known brands and their products. And today, there is a fresh accusation claim against Xiaomi but this time from popular wearable maker Jawbone.
Jawbone CEO Yves Behar has accused Xiaomi of ripping off its Mini Jambox Bluetooth speaker's design. The Xiaomi product in question, this time, is the Mi Square Box Bluetooth speaker. You can see the top image where both the products are shown side by side and there is a striking resemblance between the two, especially the front grille design
Behar talked about the resemblance when a designer tweeted to him about Xiaomi speaker being too similar to Jawbone's offering. In response, Behar said, "Sad for you, Xiaomi, ripping off the Jawbone Mini Jambox. Sad."
Xiaomi has not responded to the claim yet but it is most likely that it will deny it like the company has done in the past. Previously, Xiaomi has been accused of stealing designs from different Apple products for its products. Even its MIUI ROM has faced criticism for being similar to Apple's iOS. Recently, the company released its first laptop named Mi Notebook Air which is not only a competitor of the Apple MacBook Pro but also looks like one.
We will be updating the story with Xiaomi's comment if says anything.