Xiaomi has an extended history of shadowing Apple’s moves, and that now consists of one in all its cutesier inventions: Memoji. As a part of the launch of its CC9 phone series, Xiaomi has launched human “Mimoji” (it previously had animals) that are a not-so-refined riff on Apple’s 3D avatars. Whereas Apple would not have a lock on the notion — ask Samsung — the art style is uncannily close, proper right down to the large eyes and tiny tongues. It is only a matter of various hat and hairstyles.

Because it stands, the phones are closer in look to Huawei’s P-series than something from Cupertino, proper down to the vertical lettering, in-screen fingerprint reader and teardrop camera notch on the entrance. They’re principally upper-mid-range devices, although. The common CC9 has a Snapdragon 710 chip – a 6.4-inch “full HD+” AMOLED screen, a triple-camera rear setup (48MP primary, an 8MP wide-angle and 2MP depth-of-field) and a 32-megapixel front camera to assist create these Mimoji. The lower-cost CC9e makes up with a smaller 6.1-inch display, a Snapdragon 665 and lesser RAM (4GB versus 6GB) in its base configuration, whereas a Meitu Edition of the full CC9 contains 8GB of RAM and custom-tuned cameras.

Xiaomi’s phones go on sale in China beginning July 5th for the regular CC9 (July 9th for the CC9e). We would not depend on the company getting in hot water for its Memoji-likes because of China’s softer stance on intellectual property. Nevertheless, it’s additionally safe to say you will not see an official debut within the US. Something tells us Apple wouldn’t take lightly to this.