Xiaomi announces pint-sized Mi Box Mini media streamer, priced to sell

By Shawn Knight · 7 replies
Jan 15, 2015
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  1. As if picking a fight with the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier today wasn't enough, China's top smartphone vendor also decided to bolster its set-top box lineup with a new pint-sized media streamer affectionately known as the...

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  2. Royalgok

    Royalgok TS Member Posts: 33

    So tell me again how Xiaomi is living off taking other people's products and making them cheaper. If you've ever used even a single Xiaomi product you'd know they don't make cheap knockoffs - they're a real force to be reckoned with. I for one have been using their MIUI rom since 2011 and I'm extremely happy to note(sorry) how far they've come.
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    Marketting. That simple.

    A teacher of mine once said that out of the $3 coke (Dismiss pricing, it's just a practical example) bottle, to get the bottle and fill it up it should be around $0.20 or maybe even less, you have around a buck for marketting purposes and the rest is proffit. Here they don't pay that buck per "cola" bottle in marketting, they just make the 20c bottle and charge 80c proffit.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,671   +1,961

    Probably someone invented it, and was about to release, but Xiaomi was just too fast stealing it and re-branding for quick buck ;) That's their trait :)

    Remember Rambus - №1 patent thief? Well, Xiaomi is №1 technology thief, they move like a ninja in the night and steal your $hit before you even come up with it, fast enough to claim it was their own :)
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2015
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +1,085

    Exactly and patent laws are different in China, so it tends to be easier to get away with stuff like this. Thus it is not always a great idea to have your product manufactured in China since you will most likely see a knock off hit the market pretty quickly, even if it's just in China itself.
  6. So?, anyone should be making smartphones since apple made the first one with the iphone?, or dvds,
    refrigerators, cars, etc?... (I'm not saying apple invented all those, hehehe). Now it looks like google invented the mediaplayers with the chromecast.

    I wish this device has google play open so I can run fox play and others on it.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,671   +1,961

    What size is a pint in china, I wonder?
  8. loading

    loading TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +13

    And your sources for this alleged stealing of technology is where now?

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