The Chinese smartphone vendor, Xiaomi, is reportedly on an active mode as the company looks at partners to launch its smartphones, in India. It is already in talks with multiple content providers in the country.
Xiaomi sold 19 million smartphones in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong only, in a one-year span of previous year. The company was launched in Singapore, earlier this week. Hugo Barra, head at Xiaomi to expand in global arenas, said that India along with Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia will be the next international markets for the company, at the Singapore launch.
Xiaomi translated its entire UI to English, for the company’s smartphone launch in Singapore. Bara said that Singapore is the best market to test Xiaomi’s first venture outside China, as it is a relatively small market and will provide Xiaomi a good opportunity to change things, in a report by BGR. In Singapore, Xiaomi has launched two smartphones, the RedMi and the flagship Mi3.
The RedMi has a 11.9-cm (4.7-inch) 720p display, 1.5GHz Mediatek 6589 quad-core processor and 8-megapixel camera. It is priced at around Rs 7,800 (in Indian currency). The Mi3 has a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset, 12.7-cm (5-inch) 1080p display, 13-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. The smartphone is priced at around Rs 20,600 (in Indian currency), in Singapore.
The smartphone maker has not confirmed a time line for the Indian launch but Xiaomi is reported to be talking to a variety of content providers in India. However, it will also have to set up its distribution and after sales service centres in the country before launching its smartphones, said the same report.
Source: EFY Times