The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri N Chandrababu Naidu officially launched Redmi 2 Prime, the first Xiaomi smartphone made in Foxconn’s Sri City plant in Andhra Pradesh.
Redmi 2 Prime was released today at Vizag. The smartphone from Xiaomi has been released at a price of INR 6,999. Xiaomi partnered with Foxconn to set up the facility at Sri City. Going forward, all the smartphones of the Xiaomi brand will be manufactured here.
Celebrating the occasion as a landmark event for both the brand and the State of Andhra Pradesh, Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi stated “Redmi 2 Prime is the first smartphone from Xiaomi to be assembled in our facility in Sri City. We would like to thank Andhra Pradesh Government for helping us to start manufacturing within just six months. Initial talks started in February and today we have already started to sell the Redmi 2 Prime”, the elated Barra concluded.
Xiaomi also has two other facilities in Brazil and China, collaborating with Foxconn. Following the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the company is currently importing every component from China and assembling at the Sri City plant. Plans are underway to procure locally.
“While we will continue to import components from China for some time, we will soon look at getting the packaging of our smartphones done locally. This might be followed by getting the chargers and batteries for MI smartphones from local vendors. This is just the start and we are adding manpower and our related resources every day. It is too early to comment on the capacity, however, the facility is highly scalable” said Manju Jain, Head of Xiaomi India.
The new Redmi 2 Prime will currently be available for online sale, and will soon be available across all retail stores. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is the most popular smartphone in terms of sales only after the Redmi 1 S. Barra hopes to see Xiaomi reach out to large section of consumers with Redmi 2 Prime.
Redmi 2 Prime will be available on Flipkart from today without any flash sale.