“iPhone is Still King” Says Xiaomi CEO

“[The] iPhone is still the best smartphone on the market” is a phrase Android enthusiast are probably tired of hearing by now. But it has a bit more sting when it comes from a more credible source, like Lei Jun, the CEO of the increasingly popular Chinese Android phone company Xiaomi. “For Xiaomi, there is a lot of space for learning and talent” he continued when asked to compare his phones to Apple’s new additions in an interview with the Beijing Times via unwiredview.com.

It seems more than a little bizarre to hear a company’s CEO not only praise what is presumably his competition, but also actually imply that it is a superior product to his own. It certainly raised some eyebrows but for those that have been following Xiaomi for a while it is perhaps less of a surprise than one might think.

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Xiaomi, in addition to its range of Android phones is also known for the custom ROM it installs on its devices and makes available to the public called MIUI. MIUI is a highly modified Android skin that, to put it kindly, draws a lot of inspiration from iOS. Additionally, Lei Jun appears to get his wardrobe from Steve Jobs.

Should we really be surprised that a businessman trying to emulate Apple would attempt to talk up Apple, even at the expense of his own product?

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  1. defcomk
    December 5, 2013

    “Additionally, Lei Jun appears to get his wardrobe from Steve Jobs.” lol

  2. Markoff
    December 5, 2013

    in other words – “Don’t buy inferior Xiaomi products, even CEO of Xiaomi don’t think they are the best.”

  3. iANDROID8.1
    December 5, 2013

    A fair competition hats off to you sir!

  4. Niels Rademaker
    December 5, 2013

    it’s pretty rich to call apple’s biggest wannabe a credible source on apple. everything that’s good about xiaomi stops where they start imitating apple’s tacky dumbed down user experience. and the only reason the rest is decent is because they sell their hardware without a profit margin.

  5. D M F
    December 5, 2013

    Humbleness speaks louder. My claps for him.

  6. ishu®
    December 6, 2013

    sly “fox” …)))

  7. dwayn
    December 8, 2013

    meh… smartphones are basically on par with each other be it android or ios. the ipads on the other hand is king.