Xiaomi Might Soon Sell MediaTek Handsets In India, Qualcomm-Xiaomi Patent Sharing Agreement.

On wednesday, Qualcomm and Xiaomi announced that they have entered into a patent sharing agreement. According to the Qualcomm-Xiaomi agreement, Qualcomm will let Xiaomi manufacture and sell 3G (WCDMA and CDMA2000) and 4G, including 3-mode (LTE-TDD, TD-SCDMA and GSM), complete devices.
handshake-526408_640The agreement is a win-win for both parties. While the agreement is a big deal for Qualcomm, which has been struggling with Chinese brands to enter into patent licensing agreements and earlier had to pay a $975 million fine to the Chinese government in an anti-trust case. This could be a bigger deal for Xiaomi as the agreement would finally pave way for the smartphone maker to be able to sell its entire range of smartphones in India.Qualcomm-Xiaomi Agreement
Now, while a single line of text could explain how, this deal is a biggie for Qualcomm, read along to know how it could benefit Xiaomi.
The Delhi High Court had banned Xiaomi from importing smartphones that run on non-Qualcomm chipsets following a patent infringement case with Ericsson in India for smartphones running on Mediatek chipsets for infringing its Standard Essential Patents (SEP). Ericsson had claimed that Xiaomi was unwilling to negotiate a deal to compensate for its SEP related to its 2G and 3G technology patents.
Now this deal with Qualcomm could potentially remove that roadblock, enabling Xiaomi to import its recently launched smartphones into India, since Qualcomm’s patents could take care of Ericsson’s SEP.
Most of Xiaomi’s smartphones launched this year, including its flagship Mi Note as well as the Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note 2 Pro and Redmi Note 3 were launched with Mediatek’s processors. Maybe they were in talks with Qualcomm for such an agreement.
During the announcement, Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi was quoted as saying, “Xiaomi prides itself on embracing and leading smartphone innovation through its popular line of Mi devices. A license from Qualcomm will play an important role in helping us bring the newest and most innovative products to our growing customer base.”

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