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Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus in legal trouble

Xiaomi: Smartphones Mi 5 und Mi 5 Plus im Doppelpack
Xiaomi: Smartphones Mi 5 und Mi 5 Plus im Doppelpack
The Chinese manufacturer is (again) accused of violating U.S. patents set by digital security provider Blue Spike LLC.

Xiaomi must now defend itself against a patent suit from Blue Spike LLC in a Texas court of law. According to the plaintiff, the Chinese manufacturer is violating US patent 8,930,719 B2 "Data Protection Method and Device". The claim targets a host of Xiaomi smartphones including the Mi 4, Mi 4 LTE, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Pro, and Mi Note Pro. Perhaps more noteworthy is that the claim specifically mentions the unannounced Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus smartphones. Interestingly, the FCC has already approved the two Xiaomi devices for use in the U.S., but the lawsuit may be delaying the launch.

The Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus were rumored way back in July with specifications and a reveal date set for November. The Mi 5 is expected to be a 5.2-inch smartphone with a 2560 x 1440 resolution Gorilla Glass display.

The larger Mi 5 Plus is expected to be a 5.5- or 5.7-inch smartphone with a 2K display, quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB eMMC. Both models may carry the same fingerprint sensor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, and 16 MP rear and 5 MP or 8 MP front cameras. Prices are rumored to start at around 2500 Yuan or the equivalent of 355 Euros.

The original patent infringement complaint from Blue Spike can be seen here. Blue Spike had filed a separate but similar complaint against Xiaomi back in 2013 for infringement of Patent  No. 5,745,569, which relates to selling of products using infringed technology without the proper license.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-12- 5 (Update: 2015-12- 5)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.