Why buy Xiaomi [Mi Phones] with a bundle of issues from patent to after sale services and no clear long-term plans for India market – Is Huawei Honor a way to go ?
Over past couple of years we’ve seen that Samsung and Apple are getting replaced by users as their preferred choice of Smartphones. We have been getting some really good companies entering the Indian market providing best of features at competitive prices. Some of these companies are Huawei, Xiaomi, One Plus, etc.
But the latest issue that has sent shivers down our spine is the ban on Xiaomi phones. Ericsson has sued Xiaomi for infringement of Standard Essential Patents (SEP) and Delhi High Court has upheld this by banning sale of Xiaomi phones in India which the company has duly complied by. Some of the patents that were infringed by Xiaomi relate to 3G, EDGE and AMR technologies.
Today Xiaomi Gets Temporary Relief, but is this what an Indian customer wants? Shouldn’t Indian customers look for long term companies for their personal devices such as Smart phones?
I did a bit of research regarding this and realised that similar situations were prevalent in China too where Xiaomi had infringed various patents of Huawei on 4G but Huawei didn’t take any legal action against them. Huawei is the no. 1 telecom company in the world & they have cross-patent licensing with various businesses across the globe.
Huawei being Top 3 Global Smartphone player after Samsung and Apple ensured that they didn’t infringe any patents from any players and now they are in a good position in India with Honor range of smartphones like Honor 6 and Honor Holly available on Flipkart.
I think Xiaomi should take a leaf from Huawei’s book and fix their patent issues quickly and smartly and not just provide Temporary Relief for Indian customers. With so many great phones coming into India, we can only wish that Xiaomi can compete with Huawei Honor smartphones.