Xiaomi Takes Aim at Apple With New MacBook Pro and iPhone X Rivals

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Chinese company Xiaomi today held an event in Beijing, where it unveiled new products that will rival the MacBook Pro and iPhone X.

    First up was the new Mi Notebook Pro, with a fully metal enclosure that looks virtually identical to Apple's latest MacBook Pro in Space Gray.


    Mi Notebook Pro is equipped with a 15.6-inch display with narrow bezels, a full-sized backlit keyboard, custom Harman Infinity speakers with Dolby Atmos sound, and seven ports: USB-C, data-only USB-C, dual USB 3.0, full-sized HDMI, a 3-in-1 SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

    The notebook is equipped with up to Intel's new eighth-generation Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card, and 256GB of SSD storage. It will run Windows 10 Home Edition out of the box, with support for Windows Hello fingerprint authentication.

    Mi Notebook Pro pricing ranges from about $850 to $1,075 based on current exchange rates, which is under half the price of the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro, but The Verge found it only has a 1080p display.

    Next up was the Mi Mix 2 smartphone, which has a nearly edge to edge 5.99-inch display on the front of the device, beyond a small bottom bezel or "chin" that is 12 percent slimmer than the original Mi Mix.


    Mi Mix 2 is equipped with a 64-bit Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with four-axis optical image stabilization, and a rear fingerprint scanner. An earpiece speaker is hidden along the top edge, while the front-facing camera is housed in the bottom bezel.

    Mi Mix 2 will likely ship with Xiaomi's MIUI operating system, based on Android. Pricing starts at about $500 at current exchange rates.

    Like other Xiaomi products, the Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Mix 2 will be available soon in China, followed by other global markets. The devices will likely be available through resellers only in the United States.

    Other announcements included a special ceramic edition of the Mi Mix 2 and a new Mi Note 3 phablet with dual cameras.

    Xiaomi's event took place just one day before Apple's first-ever event at the brand new Steve Jobs Theater at its new Apple Park headquarters.

    Article Link: Xiaomi Takes Aim at Apple With New MacBook Pro and iPhone X Rivals
  2. CerebralX macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    I just find it sad that they're blatantly ripping off entire designs from Apple.
  3. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    I think the word "Chinese" in Chinese means "Copy" /s
  4. Nik, Sep 11, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2017

    Nik macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2007
    Proves that Apple did not get rid of SD card et al. cuz of thinness alone. Adapters worth 150$ are built into this Xiaomi thing. Amazing! Apple should copy them now...
  5. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Didn't think I'd see someone out-Samsung Samsung.....
  6. CerebralX macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    Yes, copying parts of designs to make your own design better. This is taking a MacBook Pro and adding your own internals into it.
  7. TimeSquareDesi macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2013
    I'm totes New Yorkian
    "Hey, let's produce products that look like other companies products and make a company out of it!"
  8. x0vash0x macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2014
    Why? Do what works and sells. Chinese love the industrial design of Apple but hate the price. Build something's that looks like an Apple, feels like an Apple, but costs half as much and it's gonna sell.

    Hell, if I didn't abhor Windows I'd buy one. But alas, I hate, hate, hate, windows.
  9. andreyush macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2015
  10. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    That quote doesn't mean what you think it does, unless you take it completely at face value. Sick of reading it whenever somebody blatantly rips off Apple's design.
  11. stanman64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2010
    Surely they can't get away with this level of blatant copying? I'm sure Apple's lawyers will be in touch
  12. Sunny1990, Sep 11, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    These companies are even worse then Samsung at copying Apple :-
    Look how closely these phones are resembled to iPhone 7 Plus
    Xiaomi mi a1
    Oneplus 5
  13. NIKKG macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2012
    This is what I have been talking about with the Chinese changing tech into a cheap commodity. Prices are going to drop hard. The Chinese are making very decent gadgets nowadays that are almost as good but less than half the price of an equivalent Samsung or Apple device. Makes you really think twice by dropping $1000 on a Note 8 or iPhone 8 when you can pocket the 500 bucks.
  14. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009
  15. Cronowerx Suspended

    Feb 23, 2015
    Announcing a new phone one day before the iPhone X is suicide.
  16. Amacfa macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Too bad it doesn’t run MacOS, have a gorgeous display, or have the amazing speakers.

    Oh yeah - it’s a chinese knock off.
  17. x0vash0x macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2014
    Exactly. Chinese aren't brand loyal. They'll buy Apple only because it's a luxury good, not because they actually like Apple better. There are a couple of good articles about WeChat and other APPs that are ecosystem independent, so there's zero reason to stick within a brand.

    The only ones with iPhones are Samsung are the rich, not because they want them, but because it's a status symbol.
  18. nexesnex macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2014
    The phone looks cool. I do like how the to is so sleek. But, having a front facing camera at the bottom stinks. OH, AND ALSO.... least we forget, you have to run Android. I started with an Android phone. Really liked it... that is, until I joined the Apple ecosystem and started to use iOS. I've been in technology for 20 years, and nothing compares to the fluid feel of iOS devices and how they just work.
  19. Zachari macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2012
    Washington, DC
    Why would I want a 3rd rate Apple copycat? I thought Apple made it clear that being first to the game is never wise.
  20. Avieshek, Sep 11, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2017

    Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    Well, it means, Apple would get serious with Mac again than just iOS devices from now (including shifting away from Intel, maybe I hope). If there hadn't been Samsung, we might would still be using an iPhone 4 with LCD being the latest display.
  21. StevieD100 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2014
    Living Dangerously in Retirement
    So, the MacBook Pro 'replacement' is half the price of the real thing...
    Ah yes, it runs Windows 10 Home. Been there, done that for 20+ years.
    Sorry, no sale.
    Your iPhone announcement spoiler didn't spoil.
  22. mikefj2004 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    The design copying part is rather irrelevant here. What's more surprising is the bang that you get for the buck. That alone says a ton. You can give me the ugliest computer ever but if the specs are there, they're there. Is what's under the hood that truly counts. Screw the design
  23. Juan007 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
  24. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    Shame they're missing the biggest and best features: MacOS and iOS
  25. Crash0veride, Sep 11, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2017

    Crash0veride macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2016
    Hell yeah. More challenges to Apple is great. Someone needs to push them. Intel processor, and nvidia. I wonder how easy it is to get MacOS running on these. Maybe next year's version will top it off with a good screen.

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