Twitter has become a common way of taking jibes at one another and elites enjoy it the most. This time top officials of Chinese Smartphone Giants Xiaomi and Realme are indulged into a Twitter banter, while POCO’s General Manager and OnePlus’s Former Product Manager also joined the party.
Here’s how the whole series of events happened:
Xiaomi India, CEO, Manu Kumar Jain, started the banter on Twitter earlier this month by indirectly targeting Realme calling it a copy-cat brand.
Manu Kumar Jain Tweeted, “Funny! A copy-cat brand mocks us. Later this brand brings ads & some ppl start blaming us.
Most brands push ads but only Xiaomi is bashed. Because we’ve been transparent about our business model. If any journalist wants to understand our internet business, I’m happy to talk!”
Funny! A copy-cat brand mocks us. Later this brand brings ads & some ppl start blaming us.🤦♂️
Most brands push ads but only Xiaomi is bashed. Because we've been transparent about our business model.
If any journalist wants to understand our internet business, I'm happy to talk! https://t.co/FecT1c3Khl
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) January 4, 2020
But things weren’t too hot at least on Twitter. But suddenly, everyone joins the party this week with this tweet of POCO (Xiaomi’s independent unit in India) General Manager, C Manmohan.
C Manohan, General Manager, POCO Tweeted, “ We’re here to redefine the value of X. Get ready to Xperience something that is #SmoothAF.
#POCOX2 is arriving on Feb 4th 2020.
I am super excited. Are you guys excited too?”
I am super excited. Are you guys excited too? pic.twitter.com/yBRkddORGI
— C Manmohan (@cmanmohan) January 27, 2020
Replying to the tweet, OnePlus Former Product Manager, Szymon Kopeć, tweeted:
OnePlus was all about Fast, so that was F1's tagline too. Now OnePlus is about Fast and Smooth, and guess what? Also, OnePlus uses "Fast AF" for its camera tagline for years. But then, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" 🤷🏼♂️ https://t.co/jaCx7cK7xv
— Szymon Kopeć (@szymonkopec) January 27, 2020
And Realme India CEO, Madhav Sheth, joined the party with this tweet:
A real innovative brand and market leader won't behave like that.
Basic dignity and ethics should be maintained no matter how insecure you are of your competitor's growth.
We will focus on making #realme the best in 2020. Rest is their choice, we don't bother. https://t.co/ev2zhAV47Y
— Madhav 's Lifestyle (@MadhavSheth1) January 28, 2020
And C Manmohan of POCO hit back with this tweet:
Hilarious! A real #CopyCat brand that copied almost everything is giving lecture.
Instead of advice, maybe try to think of some original ideas to stop declining sales. Why should anyone be worried about a brand that declined 50% last quarter?
अब वो "X" factor नहीं रहा boss!! https://t.co/rgBwuZTxuU
— C Manmohan (@cmanmohan) January 28, 2020
Well, certainly it seems like the battle is on, and considering previous Twitter banters and current trends, it may go on for long.