Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s first “Made in India” phone will be launched today by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Visakhapatnam, where Xiaomi is expected to announce its intention to set up a manufacturing base near the city.
In a teaser on twitter, Xiaomi said, “Unmistakably Indian, don’t you think? Big news coming up tomorrow. RT and take a guess what it might be!” and prior to it another tweet said, “Unmistakably Indian, don’t you think? Big news coming up!”.
Under the ‘Make in India, Made in Andhra Pradesh’ program, Naidu will launch the Xiaomi’s first India-manufactured phone and Xiaomi is likely to announce its future expansion plans at the release of the phone. Manu Jain, CEO of Xiaomi India and Hugo Barra, VP Global Xiaomi will be present at the phone launch program.
Xiaomi has ushered in new era of Chinese low-cost smartphones in India and its Mi phones have been a big hit in the market and often sold in second once the online sale opens.
Unmistakably Indian, don’t you think? Big news coming up tomorrow. RT and take a guess what it might be! pic.twitter.com/mi4MaDLtAn
— Mi India (@MiIndiaOfficial) August 9, 2015
Xiaomi has decided to unveil its first “Made in India” phone in Visakhapatnam following the AP Chief Minister’s visit to China earlier this year. With global smartphone sales estimated to grow from 1.5 billion in 2015 to 1.7 billion by 2017, Xiaomi has been aggressive in entering India after China, the top two smartphone markets in the world.
India is Xiaomi’s second biggest market after china and the phone maker has already swept the market in the budget range giving tough fight to major rivals like Apple and Samsung in India. Xiaomi India has entered the manufacturing in India phase as per the plan disclosed by the company last year.
After making India its second biggest market, Xiaomi sought brush aside rumours which depicted the company phones for unwittingly storing user information automatically in its Beijing servers. To alleviate fears of Indian authorities, Xiaomi has shifted its servers to Singapore and very soon its manufacturing base in Visakhapatnam should reaffirm the company’s move to seriously base itself in India.
Andhra Pradesh is offering 5 lakh hectares of land to set up factories and is trying to attract an investment of Rs 2 lakh crore.
Unmistakably Indian, don’t you think? Big news coming up! pic.twitter.com/BtqwfxEb8b
— Mi India (@MiIndiaOfficial) August 8, 2015