Are you resident in Nigeria and been longing to own a Xiaomi Mi 5 but have been wondering why the device is not officially available in the country yet? Last year, Xiaomi officially entered the Nigerian smartphone market and launched the Redmi 2 and Mi 4 in November 2015. This was to the delight of enthusiasts and lovers of Xiaomi devices in the country. So, what is holding back the availability of the Xiaomi Mi 5 in Nigeria?
Before Xiaomi introduced its devices into Nigeria, another mobile manufacturer, mi-Fone, had made an official entrance into the market and registered the “Mi” trade name for itself. In February 2016, mi-Fone filed a suit against Xiaomi and got an interim injunction forbidding Xiaomi and its representatives or agents from importing, selling, distributing, and marketing any smartphone, tablet, power bank or accessories labelled with the trade name “Mi”. Any similar or phonetically similar trade name is also barred.
You get the gist now; right? The Xiaomi Mi 5 cannot be sold in Nigeria under the current circumstances. It is very likely that even sales of the Mi 4 introduced last year have been halted. Don’t expect to see any Xiaomi “Mi” devices on sale in the country. I do wonder if “Redmi” is considered similar to “Mi” and so is also barred by this court order.
Hollup! Hollup!! Just hollup a minute. Does this mean that I will be in contempt of court if I advertise my used Xiaomi Mi 4 for sale? Lawyers, help!!!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.