Xiaomi announced yesterday that it will manufacture its devices locally in India, in a show of commitment to India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Xiaomi revealed its ‘Make in India’ plans at a special event in Visakhapatnam, located in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
‘Make in India’ was launched by Shri Narendra Modi in September 2014 as a major national programme designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property and build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure.
Xiaomi has partnered with Foxconn to manufacture its smartphones in India. The factory is based in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The choice of location is strategic as Andhra Pradesh is known to have highly skilled technical manpower, an enterprising population and a dynamic emerging leadership.
The first Mi phone to be manufactured in India is Redmi 2 Prime, an enhanced version of Redmi 2 with 2GB RAM and 16GB Flash. Redmi 2 Prime features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor, 4G Dual SIM support, and a 4.7″ HD display.
The Redmi 2 Prime will be available for Rs. 6,999 (S$152) on Mi.com and other partner sites (Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal) starting 10 August.