Fans of the products of Xiaomi Manufacturer are constantly asking 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.
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.
What models are fans to expect? For one, the popular Redmi Note 3 will be on sale. The gargantuan Mi Max is on the list. And for the more budget inclined, the Redmi 4A will be on offer too.
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.