23 Aug Xiaomi Expands into India
India has been generating a lot of news recently, first with Foxconn starting with their long term plan of erecting up to twelve manufacturing plants in almost every Indian state, now Xiaomi announced that they opened manufacturing operations in Andhra Pradesh in the Sri City. Although this venture is a joint effort by Xiaomi and Foxconn, this manufacturing plant is dedicated to manufacturing Xiaomi products, mainly meant for the booming market in India, but also in neighbouring Asian states. Xiaomi did open another manufacturing plant prior to this, which is located in Brazil. This all is a part of a huge effort by the Indian government, propagating the newly promoted “Make in India” slogan, which includes subsidies and other inviting opportunities for global manufacturers in order to lure them to open similar ventures in India.
Xiaomi already presented the first smartphone ever to be made by Xiaomi in India, featuring the “Made in India” label, it is the much anticipated Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime. Redmi 2 is an entry level smartphone, fairly inexpensive, the Prime version is supposed to be a somewhat advanced version of the same principle.
The new Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is a mid-level smartphone, perhaps advanced entry level, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, quad-core CPU, clocked at 1.2 GHz, with the Adreno 306 GPU. The only available version has 16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, the internal memory expandable per microSD card slot. Primary camera is an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, secondary 2 MP. The 4.7 inches screen manages with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels an approximate 312 ppi pixel density, which is pretty good for such a low-priced smartphone; the price in India is around 70 British Pound. Currently the newly opened facility only assembles delivered parts, but in future manufacturing will also take place on site.