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It’s not just Apple – it looks like Xiaomi is ripping off the Moto X now too

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:55PM EST
Xiaomi Mi 4 Vs. Moto X

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Give Xiaomi credit — it’s willing to rip off lots of different sources and not just one. In this report on, we noticed this picture of one version of Xiaomi’s Mi 4 whose rear panel bears a striking resemblance to the wooden version of the Moto X.

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The front of the device, of course, looks just like the iPhone 5s, as you can see in the picture below.

Xiaomi has grown into a huge company by making phones with high-end specs that are both dirt cheap and bear a striking resemblance to other popular mobile phones on the market. The recently released Mi Note, for instance, features a 5.7-inch 1080p display, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera,a 4-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3,000 mAh battery, and it costs just $370 off contract.

Of course, selling these high-end devices with low-end specs doesn’t mean big profit margins. To get an idea of just how slim that margin is, consider that while Xiaomi generated roughly $4.3 billion in revenue in 2013, it pulled in a profit of only $56 million and an operating margin of just 1.8%. Given this, it’s hard to see whether the company’s current success is really sustainable no matter how fast it’s growing right now.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.