There’s good news for lovers of the Xiaomi brand in Nigeria. The Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3 will be launching in the country very soon.
It is Mi! No; not you. Mi!
Earlier this year, we published news of the legal face-off between mi-Fone (a Siuth African manufacturer) and Xiaomi over the use of the “Mi” brand in Nigeria. At the time, mi-Fone won a temporary injunction against Xiaomi and so the Chinese brand had to pull its devices off the shelves for a while.
Not too long after that, however, Xiaomi flipped the table against mi-Fone and secured the legal right to market its products in the country. This has opened the door for them to launch the Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3.
As of right now, mi-Fone smartphones are no longer available on Konga’s online store. If you remember, there was a mi-Fone and Konga partnership that produced a smartphone like the mi-Tribe. Is mi-Fone pulling out of the country or will they be rebranding now that Xiaomi has the rights to the “Mi” brand in Nigeria?
Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3 Launch: Official
In case you are wondering, the news of the Xiaomi Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3 Nigerian launch is official. A representative of Xiaomi’s distributor reached out to me with the news of the impending launch of the two devices. I will be having a hands-on with both devices soon, so expect photos and my take on them.
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.