Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime will be manufactured 100% in India


As part of the #MakeInIndia initiative by the Indian government, Xiaomi will be manufacturing its Redmi 2 Prime (aka Redmi 2 with 2GB RAM) wholly in India.

The Make In India initiative is to encourage manufacture in India. The government will in turn offer incentives to such manufacturers. Manu Kumar Jain, India head for Xiaomi, revealed that the Redmi 2 Prime has actually been in manufacture since a few weeks.

The Redmi 2 Prime is priced at 6,999 INR (US$109) in the country. It comes with a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC and has 2GB of RAM… which is the differentiating factor between this and the ‘regular’ Redmi 2 (review).

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The Redmi 2 Prime is being manufactured in the holy city of Tirupati in the Andhra Pradesh state. At the event in Vishakhapatnam, Xiaomi even roped in Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, CM of Andhra Pradesh. It has been learnt that it is Foxconn doing the manufacturing for Xiaomi. Foxconn has been out of action in India since it stopped making phones for Nokia earlier this year.

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19 Comments

  1. realjjj
    August 10, 2015

    Assembled would be the better term and it’s not that big of a deal. For such a phone it should be 3-4$ per device.

    • August 10, 2015

      Wholly manufactured is what Xiaomi say.

      • Angry Mobile Nerd
        August 10, 2015

        SoC, RAM, battery, camera (optics), screen, glass ALL manufactured in India? Really?

        • August 10, 2015

          I’ve sent a mail to Xiaomi, lets see what they have to say.

          • realjjj
            August 10, 2015

            They also kinda take credit for Foxconn’s investment. Foxconn owns and built the facility, Xiaomi is just a client at most they supported Foxconn is some way.

            • balcobomber25
              August 10, 2015

              Most likely the supported them with some of that $5 billion.

        • bryan@gmail.com
          August 10, 2015

          nope
          India does not have any industry other then defence dedicated to Silicon chips and LED.
          Its cheaper to import from china
          india dies not have any manufacturing vlsi or silicon photolithography at the nano level design that todays chip demand.

          its basically assembled in India.
          why reinvent the wheel when its already there..nuff said

      • realjjj
        August 10, 2015

        Just like when assembled in China or anywhere else for that matter, they just put the parts together and the parts are made all over the world. The costlier parts are clearly not made in India (displays, SoC , RAM, NAND) and very likely next to nothing is actually made in India. The box and box content are likely made in India since that’s easy but outside of that there just isn’t a local ecosystem for now (will take a long time and a lot of money for the ecoystem to develop) .Yes legally they likely can use the “wholly manufactured” term but assembled would be more accurate.

        It’s not a bad thing that it’s assembled there, just saying that it’s not a big economic plus for India. Look at China, they are not happy at all to just assemble ,they are trying to gain a lot more relevance by making screens, batteries, SoCs (SMIC just announced today that SD410 made on their 28nm are starting to be in phones) and also trying to get into NAND and RAM.

        • balcobomber25
          August 10, 2015

          It’s not horrible for India either, it will provide jobs. Now how much they pay those jobs is another question. It is a good starting point for what is a fast growing industry in India. With how big the Indian market is and with how relatively easy it is to set up a business there this could encourage the manufacturers of the displays, SoC’s and RAM to follow them there as well.

          • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN
            August 10, 2015

            Sorry to be pessimistic even being Indian,but from what i know of India,the quality R&D and the budget reqd is simply lacking..followed by the culture..here people mostly work for survival(so do elsewhere)..i hope i am proven wrong…unless the brains behind the phone is Indian…all this made in India is just for limelight…it sure will give jobs…but not the ones that people desire.

            • realjjj
              August 10, 2015

              Economic growth takes time. India’s big advantage is that it has a huge number of people and such a big home market is a big advantage. When things will be moving forward faster and much better than in the past, got no clue . Just don’t know enough about India’s economy and politicians to make that prediction.

              Here an article about a fab that might be built soon in India ,it would be a big step at this point http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1327120

            • balcobomber25
              August 10, 2015

              I have done business in India and it no different than any other country I have visited. Some business do cheap out when it comes to R&D/budget, others don’t. Mahindra has one of the biggest RD budgets in their industry. The quality of their tractors and equipment is unmatched as well. I live part of the year in a place where it snows every day, my Mahindra snowblower has never let me down.

              As for the workers, in my experience India has some of the hardest working people I have ever met. Any type of job is better than no job.

            • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN
              August 10, 2015

              Good for your experience.. But that’s your view.. Trust me many Indians do work the hard way and not necessarily the optimum way.. Self included.. For me a nation is well off when food levels are adequate for all and all have good time for leisure and other good activities in life.. Many Indians work hard because they know that if they don’t nobody will save them.. Definitely more brains required to automate process.

            • balcobomber25
              August 10, 2015

              One day India will be a well off a country. It has improved so much since the first time I visited there with the US Navy. And that was only a decade ago.

            • Raj Bangalore
              August 10, 2015

              India may take some more time to compete with the world, for its products. But that does not mean every one will get handsome money. If you want money we need to work hard, simple.

            • balcobomber25
              August 10, 2015

              It’s like that everywhere in the world. The rich control 98% of the worlds wealth, everyone else needs to work hard to succeed.

  2. Cuerex
    August 10, 2015

    god damn how do you spell all those names. Vishakhapatnam Chandrababu Naidu Andhra Pradesh

    • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN
      August 10, 2015

      Haha…hope this helps..Pause a bit at every hyphen….its Vi-shaka-pat-nam Chan-dra-babu Nai-du , Andh-ra Pra-desh.

  3. Natsumi
    August 10, 2015

    Something smells VERY fishy…