Xiaomi Unveils Its Own AirPods Clones

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    Xiaomi today unveiled a new version of its AirDots wireless headphones, and it's safe to say that the average consumer on the street would be hard pressed to distinguish the look from Apple's own AirPods.

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    The Chinese mobile maker first appeared to take a leaf out of Apple's playbook back in November with the launch of its original AirDots, which were more akin to classic earbuds in design but offered much of the same functionality as AirPods, including gestural controls and a compact charging case.

    Xiaomi's newly announced AirDots Pro (aka "Mi Bluetooth Headset Air") buds however look like a straight-up clone of Apple's best-selling wireless headphones, complete with the signature "arm" that houses the Bluetooth receiver and beamforming microphone.

    Like AirPods, the earpieces feature touch controls for music playback and invoking personal assistants, and they're able to function independently of each other thanks to adaptive pairing. They also offer water resistance and a four-hour battery life, while the charging case offers an additional 10 hours of charge and can recharge the buds fully in one hour.

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    To their credit, the AirDots Pro have silicone tips for improved sound isolation and additional active noise cancelation. A black pair is also reportedly in the works. Still, the biggest difference is probably the price - Xiaomi's buds cost 399 Yuan (around $60), whereas Apple's come in at $159. How that saving impacts on sound quality and general performance remains to be seen.

    Xiaomi devices, ranging from smartphones to tablets, have been criticized in the past for heavily borrowing design elements from Apple's iPhones and iPads and adopting marketing materials tactics similar to Apple's.

    In 2017, Apple won the right to prevent Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from registering its "Mi Pad" mobile tablet device as an EU trademark because the name was deemed too similar to Apple's iPad.

    (Via gizchina.com.)

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    This was going to happen

    $60 - damn

    I do like the MR question how the saving impacts sound quality . Well the AirPods sound quality is the same as the $29 EarPods.

    Love my AirPods , still one of the best apple products recently.
     
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    To be honest, I don't think i'd be "hard pressed" to tell the difference. Ok they are white and a similar size, but look completely different.
     
  6. RecentlyConverted macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, great specs, great price. Lets hope they perform well.
     
  7. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    Fanboy or not, they should forge their own path instead of being so obvious in ripping off their competitors.
     
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    They don't have to. You just have to work at wages that are lower than what the chinese get for building these things. And calling them cockroaches is just low. You are buying the products they produce, so you are keeping the world from changing.
     
  10. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    If you can’t innovate, imitate. Xiaomi will always be one step behind as they’re waiting for Apple to release the product they’ll be copying.

    But then there’ll be another company that comes along which does the same for even cheaper. We’ve seen it time and again over the last few decades in technology. It’s not a viable long-term business model and within a decade they’ll be a long-forgotten company.
     
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    Anyone with IQ above 0 can tell the difference.
     
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    The name is the most obvious ripoff for me . And they definitely launched it based on the AirPods. Though it’s eaily to tell the AirPods and airdots apart . All of these things have charging docks
     
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    even if they end up betting better, they'll still have the headache of bluetooth pairing
     
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    And what happens when you change the company direction to chase shareholders profits ? Run by a non product individual? If we are looking at history , I’d recommend you look at around 1997, 10 years prior . Took sculley about 10 years to almost make apple a long forgotten Company.
     
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    Like parasites, they continue to benefit from the fruits of years of research, design and engineering excellence while their financial costs in any of those fields is minimal. Why design anything original anymore when you can just wheel out a photocopier?
     
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    Good job shoehorning in your Apple hate on a Xiaomi thread, but I'll bite.

    There are almost 0 companies where the CEO is a "product guy" who is actively involved in developing products. Steve was the exception to the rule. That isn't the problem with Apple. And yes there's a lot Apple need to improve, but there's a lot that's good as well.

    If you're genuinely struggling to make a distinction between Xiaomi's business practices and Apple's, you're not qualified to give an opinion on either.
     
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    This is the in-ear version I also wish for when it comes to the originals! If it weren't for the W1 chip, I would buy these instead of original AirPods.
     
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    Because if it wasn't the best place to put a BT receiver and a microphone, Apple wouldn't have done it that way either?
     
  20. vaxes macrumors member

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    These are what the Airpods should be.
    In ear buds, Waterproof and wireless charging.
     
  21. allenvanhellen macrumors regular

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    I’ve had both and the sound quality of the AirPods and the EarPods is NOT the same.
     
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    Anyone with that same IQ knows they don’t need to be identical to be barefaced knockoffs.

    Anyone want to hazard a wild guess as to what the Chinese courts would say?
     
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    If you’re buying into Apple’s marketing BS, then yes. I’ve had no issues taking calls and whatnot with other Bluetooth buds. I like my AirPods, but they look ridiculous.
     
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    The case looks so clunky too me. 1:0 for design for AirPods.
     
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    Not even close.
     

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