Xiaomi has launched its first made-in-India smartphone, the Redmi 2 Prime, which was launched at Visakhapatnam by Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu. The device is a variant of the Redmi 2 that was launched earlier, but packs double the RAM and storage memory for Rs 6,999.
The Redmi 2 Prime will be assembled in partnership with contract manufacturer Foxconn at its facility in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. While 100% of the components are imported from China, the company said it will look to produce them locally over time.
From drawing board to execution, the entire operation of manufacture smartphone locally took Xiaomi roughly 100 days. The company is now looking at manufacturing the packaging locally, followed by procuring chargers and then batteries from local vendors.
Hugo Barra, VP of Xiaomi, declined to comment on the capacity of the plant in Andhra Pradesh, stating that it was still too early and that it was adding manpower and resources every day. Further, the company will not look at exporting smartphones made in India yet.
Xiaomi is setting up a similar facility in Brazil, however, it took the company around 3 months more to begin manufacturing there. India and Brazil will house the first manufacturing units for Xiaomi outside its home market of China, and the company has partnered with Foxconn for both.