New Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been reportedly granted some reprieve by Delhi high court, which last week banned the company from selling and importing its phones in the country.
According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), Xiaomi is now allowed to sell smartphones powered by Qualcomm chipsets till January 8 in India. Before the ban, the company was selling only two smartphones in the country: Redmi 1S and Redmi Note. Of these, the former runs on a Qualcomm chipset, while the latter is powered by a MediaTek processor.
Delhi HC permits Xiaomi to sell and import Qualcomm chipset based handsets till 8th January.
Additionally, Xiaomi had earlier planned to launch Redmi Note 4G, which is also powered by a Qualcomm processor, in the market in the second half of December. This means that the company can at least sell Redmi 1S and Redmi Note 4G in India for nearly a month.
Xiaomi India country manager Manu Jain did not respond to telephonic queries. There is no official word on the company’s plans to launch its Qualcomm Snapdragon 801-powered Mi 4 smartphone in India.
Last week, the Delhi high court had passed the order of banning Xiaomi smartphones in India due to patent infringement complaints by Swedish telecom giant Ericsson.
The court is scheduled to hear the case on February 5, so it is likely that Xiaomi phones will again be banned in the country from January 9 unless the court passes another similar order.
Xiaomi’s global vice president Hugo Barra had posted an open letter to buyers, acknowledging the ban. He also said that the company is “investigating the matter carefully and assessing our legal options. Please rest assured that we’re doing all we can to revert the situation.”