Xiaomi says it didn’t copy Apple. CEO tells the truth about the charger

Xiaomi Mi 11

At the end of this year 2020, Xiaomi introduced the Mi 11. And the most controversial measure of the new top-of-the-range smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer is that it arrives without a charger in the box (in one of its versions).

Immediately online criticism arose that Xiaomi was just copying Apple. This is because, remember, the Cupertino company chose to launch the iPhone 12 without any charger in the box for “environmental reasons”.

Xiaomi CEO already thought to remove the charger from the box in 2015

When faced with this “copy” of what Apple did, Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s CEO, says that the idea was his and he didn’t have it recently. The executive stated that this idea came to him in 2015.

As can be confirmed in the GSMArena, Lei Jun even questioned his followers in 2015 about this issue on the social network Weibo. Still, Apple’s influence to take that step is undeniable

Xiaomi Mi 11
Xiaomi Mi 11 was launched in China on December 28. Base version has no charger in the box

With an idea to marinate five years ago, Xiaomi took this step only after Apple took it. What ends up showing that the “courage” to do so only existed when a reference in the mobile segment did it.

And it is never too much to remember that Xiaomi toyed with the fact that Apple removed the charger from the box of its smartphones in October. At least in China, it offers users the choice. With a global release coming soon, we’ll see if globally it does the same.

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