UMi, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer well-known for launching affordable devices is the latest victim to receive patent infringement notice from Ericsson. The UMi smartphones are available in the U.K through Amazon and with the latest notice received by the Ericsson suggests the brand not to sell few of their smartphones including UMi Zero, Iron Pro, and Hammer S in the European market.
Apart from UMi, there are many other brands which have been the victims of the Ericsson’s patent war. While Samsung‘s U.S division received the infringement notice in 2012, Xiaomi‘s MediaTek powered devices are banned in India starting from 2014 and is still continuing. The Indian manufacturers including Micromax and Intex are also the victims of Ericsson’s patent infringement notices.
The company had launched few smartphones like UMi Rome and UMi Fair that are priced under $100 and includes amazing specifications lie fingerprint sensor and metal body that makes it compete against mid-range devices. The UMi Hammer S is the cheapest smartphone equipped with USB Type-C port priced at $150.
UMi is also known for making some solid build devices like UMi Hammer, which we have tested to the roots of its build. It includes dual Gorilla Glass layer on top and an Aluminum frame around it that makes it one of the toughest devices. Though the device is not in the usable state at the end, it can withstand scratches and falls with ease.
The eMax Mini powered by Snapdragon 615 is the latest device from the company which is also the first smartphone to be powered by Snapdragon chipset. It is the smaller variant of UMi eMax that is powered by MediaTek MT6752 octa-processor and has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The device is priced at $140, making it the cheapest smartphone to feature Snapdragon 615 SoC.
Update from Ericsson: Ericsson has not filed suit against UMi. We had send a licensing invitation letter, which is a standard procedure in patent licensing matters. Ericsson’s commitment to the global support of innovation and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing practices in order to give access to our Technology is undisputed.