Fans of the products of Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, are constantly asking us for stores in Nigeria where they can pick up Xiaomi smartphones from. Unfortunately, due to a protracted legal face-off between mi-Fone and Xiaomi over usage rights to the “Mi” brand in the country, the brand has been conspicuously absent from stands and shelves in stores.
In early 2016, I was contacted for a meeting by an official of Xiaomi’s representatives in Africa. At the meeting which took place at Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, we talked about the situation. I was also showed a handful of devices that were said to be hitting the stores within months.
Xiaomi Smartphones: Better Late Than Never
It is almost mid 2017 now – about 11 months after that meeting – and though it has been a long time coming, Xiaomi stands are finally hitting some stores in Lagos. We ran into one yesterday at Computer Village, Ikeja. We are able to say authoritatively that Xiaomi smartphones are finally hitting stores in Nigeria.
It is interesting that asie the Mi Max, the brand’s other flagship devices like the Mi 6 and Mi 5 are not included. And the current list isn’t a big catalogue by any stretch, but it is good news all the same. Hopefully, more Xiaomi models will show up eventually.
Xiaomi fans will be excited at this development. What to do if you are itching to get your hands on one of the listed smartphones? Check in your favourite phone store.
What of mi-Fone?
We wonder what this development means for mi-Fone. We will reach out to the South African brand to find out. Hopefully, there has been an amicable resolution that allows both brands to co-exist in the Nigerian market. That would be a win-win.