In line with government’s “Made in India” initiative, Xiaomi today announced its third manufacturing plant in India and the first facility to make power banks. This manufacturing plant is in partnership with Hipad Technology and is situated in Noida.
The company has two smartphone manufacturing plants in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh and more than 95 per cent of its smartphones sold in India are assembled locally.
According to Counterpoint Research, Xiaomi and Samsung together contributed to almost 45 per cent of the Indian smartphone market in the third quarter of 2017 as the market grew 37 per cent (quarter on quarter) and 18 per cent (year on year), temporarily surpassing the US for the first time ever.
Xiaomi also launched two new power banks – 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i and 20,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i. Mi Power Bank 2i will be assembled at Hipad Technology’s facility in Noida. The facility is producing nearly seven power banks per minute during its operational hours.
“We want our India Mi Fans to enjoy the best quality technology at an affordable rate, and manufacturing locally helps us achieve our vision. We are extending our commitment of building a truly localised company and hope to bring the ecosystem of world’s best power banks to India with our partners Hipad Technology,” said Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.
The Mi Power Bank 2i features a double anodised aluminium design that is lightweight and is just 14.2mm slim. Boasting up to 85 per cent conversion rate, Mi Power Bank 2i can charge Mi A1 up to 2.2 times or Redmi Note 4 up to 1.5 times, the company said.
The higher-capacity Mi Power Bank 2i features a polycarbonate case with a perforated exterior for extra grip. It also comes with Quick Charge 3.0 and similar to 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i, conversion rate is of up to 85 per cent.
Both the power banks feature lithium polymer batteries, and dual USB outputs allowing you to charge two devices simultaneously. In addition, Mi Power Bank 2i power banks go through nine layers of stringent quality testing, and three levels of process inspection at each stage.
The 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i is priced at Rs 799, and 20,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i is priced at Rs 1,499. Both the power banks will be available from November 23, starting from 12 p.m. onwards on Mi.com and Mi Home stores. Following that, Power Bank 2i will go on sale across Mi Preferred Partner stores and other retail outlets in December.
With a market share of 23.5 per cent and having shipped 9.2 million smartphones, Xiaomi has become the number one smartphone vendor in India in the third quarter of 2017, IDC has said.