Are My Xiaomi Redmi AirDots Fake?
Some people in my comment section and on Reddit have been reporting that they have found pairs of Xiaomi Redmi AirDots Fake. Particularly the Xiaomi Redmi Airdots that have Redmi embossed on the top whereas the pair of Airdots that I have with Mi embossed on the top.
So does that make some people’s Xiaomi Redmi AirDots Fake? My initial reaction of this is No.
I think this is poor communication on behalf of Xiaomi. The reason I say that is because not all of the products that Xiaomi makes are for international distribution.
They have been trying to do some different things in regards to bringing more presence for the Redmi brand. In specific markets such as India. And because they are trying to bring more awareness to specific brands, they are either holding certain phones, or not releasing certain phones.
They are releasing a Redmi note 7 Pro in India and in China, whereas the rest of the world will probably get a Mia 9 accent instead. This is going to be differently equipped. But this is just kind of Xiaomi strategy to go ahead and enter into more markets. The intent is to not necessarily come off as a cheap fake Chinese brand, which is something that they do have to be careful about.
Now, the specific model or the specific unit of the Xiaomi Redmi Airdots that I got was a Chinese model. Everything on it is in Chinese.
The importer that I use here in Vietnam gets all their products from China. It’s not like an official distributor for Xiaomi.
They are officially a distributor for Xiaomi in China, but these products aren’t in China. Everything on my unit is in Chinese. The front of it does have the Mi logo, so to people wondering about whether or not their copy is different I would ask; Does it have the Mi logo on top?
Also, on the package it does it just says the RedMi Airdots, it does not have Redmi specific packaging. And I think part of the reason why, is because in China, in the Chinese market at least, it’s kind of understood from consumers that Redmi is a product line of Xiaomi.
In china Xiaomi makes everything from smart toilet seats, to electric scooters to smart trash cans, to air conditioners and a ton of other stuff. So people understand that Redmi is a Xiaomi subsidiary company, or that their product of the gang is still made from Xiaomi. Whereas, if you are in a different part of the world that doesn’t have the same marketing strategy from Xiaomi, you could be looking at a package that does not appear the same.
Because let’s say in a market like India, or maybe even Brazil, they’re trying to launch Redmi as its own stand apart brand. Or they’re trying to have more brand delineation between Redmi and Xiaomi. So if you guys have a fake pair of these, or if you think that they’re fake, I would look for more than just different branding on the top.
At least on the model that I have, there is a bevel cut into the front of the lid to make it easier to open. Whereas on the original Airdots there is no bevel. Keep that in mind. And so, if yours say Mi on top, do you have a bevel? If yours say Redmi on top, do they have a bevel?
My guess is that Xiaomi either has a mix-up in regards to the ODM, which is the Original Device Manufacturer. In this case I’m guessing these are actually being manufactured by QCY which does ODM stuff for Xiaomi. Xiaomi is also heavily invested in QCY. So I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a mix-up on the manufacturing of them. Or more likely than not, the units that people are getting are for different markets.
So if you got one of these, and if you think they’re fake let me know why you think your model is fake in the comment section down below. And if yours do not say Mi, if they say Redmi, what market are you in, what language is on the packaging. And then don’t buy mine, it’s definitely fake 😉 😉 😉 😉
I’d love for you to share what’s going on in the comment section down below. So that other people, that might be worried about owning a Xiaomi Redmi AirDots Fake product, or about their maybe getting a wrong device, or something like that, can get some answers beyond this article.
This is a newly developing story so thanks to my community again for bringing this up.