Xiaomi and Microsoft strike patent licensing agreement; Xiaomi devices to come pre-installed with Office and Skype

“Starting September 2016, the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3 will come pre-loaded with several Microsoft apps”

Xiaomi and Microsoft have signed a new deal that will see the brands cross-license patents. As part of the deal, Xiaomi is acquiring 1,500 Microsoft patents, and will be pre-loading Microsoft Office and Skype applications on its Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

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Starting September 2016, Xiaomi Android devices, including the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3 smartphones, will come pre-loaded with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype apps. The new partnership builds on the two vendors’ previous collaborations, which include a Windows 10 build on Mi Pad, and the use of Microsoft Azure to power Xiaomi’s Mi Cloud service.

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“We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership. As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans,” said Xiaomi in a release.

Commenting on the partnership, Microsoft said, “People want their favorite apps and experiences to work seamlessly on the device of their choice, and that’s exactly what this partnership offers.”

Xiaomi said that pre-loading of the Microsoft applications on its smartphones and tablets will vary by device, market and mobile operator. As part of the new deal, the Redmond-based software giant has sold Xiaomi around 1,500 patents that cover a variety of technologies including wireless communication, video, cloud and multimedia. 

Key Specs

Xiaomi Mi5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | 3 GBProcessor
5.15 inches Display
16 MPRear camera
4 MPSelfie camera
3000 mAh Battery
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Expert Rating4/5

Design
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Display
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Software
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Camera
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Performance
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Pros

  • Gorgeous curved glass design
  • Crystal clear display
  • Snappy performance
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Phone heats up occasionally
  • Camera is hit and miss
  • No expandable storage
  • Battery life is average
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