The rollout of Xiaomi’s Redmi 2A last month may have marked the beginning of a new era for the company. The low-cost smartphone was the first to feature a chipset from Chinese fabless chipmaker Leadcore rather than usual vendors Qualcomm and Mediatek. The much-speculated upon partnership illustrates the convergence of interests between a central government keen to encourage home-grown technology and Chinese companies seeking greater IP protection.

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