Last week, Xiaomi was forced to suspend its operations in India, post a Delhi High Court order in conjunction with a patent infringement case involving Ericsson. Today however, the Court has given some leeway to the Chinese company and has permitted it to import and sell smartphones in India till January 8, PTI reports. While this comes as a reprieve for the company, there is a bit of a catch. Xiaomi is only allowed to import and sell smartphones in India that are powered by Qualcomm’s chipsets. In other words, it won’t be able to sell the Redmi Note phablet that it launched in India earlier this month. The phablet is powered by a 1.7GHz MediaTek MTK6592 octa-core processor.
It can however continue selling the entry-level Redmi 1S that is powered by a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor. Xiaomi also recently announced a 4G variant of the Redmi Note, which was originally supposed to go on sale sometime this month. That smartphone too can go on sale in India before January 8, since it is powered by a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor. The patent infringement issue in question is the similar to what Ericsson is fighting against the likes of Micromax and Intex. Last month, the Delhi HC ordered Micromax to pay royalties to Ericsson, which amounts to one percent of the selling price of Micromax’s devices. This interim order is applicable till December 31, 2015, when the court has ordered to the end the trial.
It will be interesting to see if Xiaomi heeds the court’s order and puts the above mentioned smartphones on sale next week on December 23.
Delhi HC permits Xiaomi to sell and import Qualcomm chipset based handsets till January 8.
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 16, 2014