Xiaomi Unveils Redmi 4A at Rs. 5,999; Partners With Foxconn for a 2nd Manufacturing Plant in India
The Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi has taken the Indian industry by the storm. The company opened its first manufacturing plant in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh in 2015 to manufacture phones for India, in association with Foxconn.
Now, Xiaomi has set up another plant in the same city, in partnership with Foxconn, to manufacture at least 95% of the phones sold in India in the same country. This brings the operational capacity of Xiaomi’s manufacturing plant to one phone per second during operational hours.
“With this new plant and our latest Redmi 4A, we are truly excited to be playing a role in enhancing the quality of life for people in India and being a part of the fabric of the country,” said Manu Jain, Vice President and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, in a statement.
The Make in India campaign hit the right chord with Xiaomi, that created over 5000 jobs in 100 villages, with over 90% female employees. The manufacturing plants in India are a testament to other companies that are looking to enter India or start local manufacturing.
Xiaomi alone sold 2 million devices in Q3 2016, which is a huge volume for a Chinese manufacturer in India. Chinese companies have zoomed across Indian smartphone makers to become the highest grossers in terms of sales.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A budget smartphone launched at Rs. 5,999
The Redmi series is amongst the very popular in India, and no other company has dared to cross lines with it in India. Xiaomi has now launched the budget Redmi 4A in India at only Rs. 5,999, which seems extremely inexpensive considering the features.
The phone comes with a 5-inch qHD display, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 1.4GHz quad-core chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. The phone has a 13MP rear shooter and LED flash, 5MP selfie camera and a large 3,120mAh battery.
Redmi 4A has been launched in a metal unibody design and the company hasn’t put a fingerprint scanner. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow which seems to be a big let down at this price, however with MIUI 8 on top it wouldn’t make much of a difference to the users. If you’re fine with the UI of the phone, you will love the fact that it is snappy and performs almost at par with two segments above it.
Xiaomi will be selling the phone in three colours – Dark Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. The smartphone will go on flash sale on 23rd March from 12PM onwards. It is Reliance Jio-supporting(VoLTE) and seems to be an extreme value for money in under Rs. 10,000 segment.