Xiaomi India gearing up to sell 100,000 smartphones a week in October

Xiaomi is now making provision to sell 100,000 smartphones a week in October, when India celebrates the festival of Diwali.

The Chinese smartphone vendor looks to gain ground in the world’s third largest smartphone market, Reuters reported.

International vice president Hugo Barra said the company was working with local companies and start-ups to build services for phones sold in India and the company was also exploring possibilities of eventually setting up a local manufacturing unit.

Xiaomi, which sells its phones exclusively through e-commerce website Flipkart .com, is selling about 60,000 phones a week, he said.

“For the Diwali month we’re chartering planes from Hong Kong to India to bring in Mi 3 and Redmi phones because it’s too much product,” Barra said.

Xiaomi India
Xiaomi, seen as China’s affordable answer to Apple, replaced Samsung as China’s largest smartphone vendor in the second quarter, according to data from Canalys.

In India the company saw more than 100,000 people pre-register for a supply of 10,000 phones when it launched in July.

Xiaomi is looking to carve a foothold in a market that has at least 80 different phone companies fighting it out for market share.

On September 15, Google launched the first of its Android One phones in India aimed at making smartphones more affordable for the masses.

Meanwhile, the Taiwanese government is investigating whether Xiaomi is a cyber security threat and will make a decision within three months.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the investigation could lead to any ban for Xiaomi’s low-priced smartphones in Taiwan.

Some Xiaomi phones automatically send user data to the firm’s servers in Beijing, where the company is headquartered, potentially leading to security breaches.

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