Following the lifting of partial ban on Xiaomi smartphone sales in India, The Chinese tech giant said it will resume the sale of Redmi 1S smartphones, which means the sale of Redmi Note phablets remain suspended till the patent case with Ericsson is resolved.
In a Google+ update, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra said, “The good news is that Redmi 1S is coming back next week and we’ll be having our next sale on Tuesday, December 23. Registration will open shortly.”
In addition, he said, “We will also be resuming sales of Redmi Note shortly, with the 4G model this time.” It means both Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G together will be hitting the online sales on Flipkart once the patents case is settled.
It is realiably learnt that Xiaomi, which has shown a whopping profits figure of $56.7 million in its filing before the Chinese regulator on Monday and becoming the third biggest smartphone maker in the world behind Apple and Samsung, will not let the patents case hanging on its neck for long.
Last week, Xiaomi was forced to suspend Redmi Note sales in India as the Ericsson, which hold 3600 patents in telecom segment, moved the Delhi High Court to issue suspension notice on the Chinese smartphones maker alleging infringement of SEP and patents.
Hugo Barra said, “Dear MI Fans, Thanks for the overwhelming support so many of you have shown to Mi India in response to that!”.
Registration for budget Redmi 1S phones will resume on Flipkart a usual shortly, said the company. Xiaomi’s profits soared to 347.5 million yuan ($56.7 million) in net profit last year, despite the fact the company resorted to very thin margins with its Redmi budget phones all over Asia.
The Delhi High Court has given a reprieve to the online flash sale of Xiaomi to import and sell its smartphones that run on Qualcomm chipsets until January 8. Redmi Note, which runs on the Mediatek MT6592 chipset, will have to wait until the lawsuit is resolved with Ericsson.
Ericsson moved the Delhi court against Xiaomi for violating about 8 patents pertaining to AMR, EDGE and 3G technologies and the Standard, Essential Patents (SEPs) which are subject to FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory).