China’s smartphone vendor Xiaomi is set to make devices in India. The company will use the idle plant of Nokia in Chennai.
Xiaomi is world’s third largest mobile phone company is looking for partners for making phones in India, its second-biggest market.
It will be the first time a top Chinese device maker manufacturing products in India.
Indian phone maker Micromax, which earlier only manufactured in China, started making smartphones in India too from April this year.
Xiaomi imports phones in India from its suppliers in China and has been able to sell about 8 lakh devices here since the brand’s launch in July this year.
The company, that only sells devices online globally, displayed its seriousness on the Indian market when it partnered top mobile operator Airtel for its 4G smartphone Redmi Note which will cost Rs 9,999.
This will be the first time the company will sell a device through the physical stores on Airtel’s retail network in metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai.
Xiaomi has an exclusive partnership with the e-commerce channel Flipkart.
Xiaomi also launched Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G phablets in India at Rs 8,999 and Rs 9,999, respectively. The devices will be sold exclusively through the e-commerce channel Flipkart.
The company claims to offer more than 50,000 units during the first sale. The device boasts a 5.5 inch 720p IPS display.
It is dual SIM phone that runs on a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6589T octa-core processor paired with 2GB RAM.
The Redmi Note sports a 13MP rear camera that supports 1080p video recording, and a 5MP front camera.
It also offers its users 8GB of internal storage and can hold microSD cards of upto 32GB. Powered by Xiaomi’s MIUI OS, Redmi Note has 3100mAh battery.
The 4G version of the Redmi Note is powered by a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core processor. The other specifications are similar except that the Redmi Note 4G is a single SIM phone.