People worldwide are waiting for the launch of the much awaited Xiaomi’s Mi flagship devices MI 5 and MI 5 Plus from almost a year but Xiaomi is not in the mood of launching the MI 5 and MI 5 Plus as they launched the MI Pad 2 tablet and MI note 3 last month without launching the MI 5. The MI 5 and MI 5 Plus are not launched yet but the two phones along with some other devices from Xiaomi are now accused of patent infringement. A United States firm Blue Spike LLC has filed a case against Xiaomi in the US for patent infringement.
In the filed complaint, the Blue Spike LLC claims that the Chinese manufacturer is violating the US patent 8,930,719 B2 act titled “Data Protection Method and Device”. The devices which infringe one or more claims of the Patent-in-Suit includes the unannounced MI 5 and MI 5 Plus including the Mi 4, Mi 4 LTE, Mi 4c, Mi 4i, Mi Note Plus, Mi Note Pro, Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 2 Pro, Redmi 2A and Redmi Note 2 devices. Interestingly, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro and the current Xiaomi flagship MI 4 are approved by FCC few weeks back.
The company claims that the defendant designs, develops, employs, and/or manufactures Address Space Layout Randomization (“ASLR”) software, systems, and/or technology and makes, uses, offers for sale and/or imports products, systems, and/or services into the U.S.
Both the MI 5 and MI 5 Plus phones are rumored to launch with fingerprint sensors and Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS based MIUI OS. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to launch with a 5.2 inch Quad HD display and is rumored to be powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It will have 16 MP rear camera with Dual LED flash and 5 MP or 8 MP front. It will be available in 16GB or 64GB inbuilt storage with expandable storage slot. A large 3030 mAh battery will be available and the price of the phone is expected to be around 1,999 Yuan.
The Xiaomi MI 5 Plus, on the other hand, will have a 5.5-inch or 5.7-inch 2K display and will be powered by quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC with 4 GB RAM. It will have 32 GB eMMC inbuilt storage. It will feature the same 16 MP rear and 5 MP or 8 MP front cameras. It is expected to be priced at around 2500 Yuan.
It will be interesting now to see how Xiaomi will respond to this lawsuit complaint filed against them. Xiaomi’s two smartphones are already approved by US FCC which may become the plus points for Xiaomi in this case and may help them to prove the lawsuit wrong. Let’s wait and see. We will update you with latest updates about this matter. So, Stay tuned.