Chinese company Xiaomi has been accused of ripping off one of Jawbone’s speaker designs, an accusation that isn’t the least bit surprising to anyone familiar with Xiaomi’s long list of ‘inspired’ looks. The speaker in question is the Xiaomi Mi Speaker Box, a portable Bluetooth speaker that looks strikingly similar to the Jawbone MINI Jambox speakers. Though both have their own individual design choices, the Xiaomi’s speaker grille design is remarkably similar to the one found on the Mini Jambox.
Xiaomi has been accused by many people over many years for its alleged theft of other companies designs, something that has resulted in some calling it the “Apple of China.” It’s not hard to see the ‘inspiration’ Xiaomi has taken from the iPhone for some of its own phones, for example, and even the names of some of its products strongly hint toward other companies’ existing offerings (the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, for example).
It’s not uncommon for Chinese companies, not just Xiaomi, to offer thinly veiled variations of existing products, but this could prove troublesome for Xiaomi has it further pushes its way into foreign markets.