Xiaomi gets a short reprieve in India, court grants permission to sell Qualcomm-based phones

Redmi Note
Redmi Note (Image credit: Android Central)

After an injunction from earlier this month banned Xiaomi from selling, advertising and importing handsets in India, the vendor has now received permission from the Delhi High Court to continue selling devices running Qualcomm's chipsets in the country until January 8.

That means that the 3G variant of the Redmi Note, which features a MediaTek processor, will not be eligible for sale in the country. Xiaomi has indicated that it will launch a 4G variant of the same handset running a Qualcomm CPU later this year, so it remains to be seen if that device gets an earlier launch date. The Redmi 1S -- which has a Snapdragon 400 CPU -- will likely remain on sale.

The injunction against Xiaomi was issued in favor of Ericsson, who revealed that Xiaomi infringed on its patents relating to networking technologies. The Indian court is due to hear Ericsson's case in February 5, 2015. We'll keep you updated on the situation as and when we hear more.

Source: Twitter (Press Trust of India)

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.