Xiaomi has officially launched the company’s latest budget smartphone – Xiaomi Redmi Prime in India at a price tag of Rs. 6,999. It comes in white & drak grey colours and will be available on Mi.com & across all Mi India partners including Flipkart, Amazon.in, Snapdeal starting from today. It is the first “Made in India” smartphone which is manufactured at Xiaomi & Foxconn Facility in Andhra Pradesh. If you do not know, this is the enhanced version of the Xiaomi Redmi 2 that was launched earlier this year.
Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global said:
“Manufacturing smartphones locally is a significant step towards incorporating Xiaomi into the fabric of India in the years to come. Thanks to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visionary plan to transform India into an attractive destination for manufacturing, we have a great opportunity to make our products in India, bringing us even closer to Indian consumers and contributing to India’s evolution in the technology sector. After taking into consideration several factors, manufacturing in Andhra Pradesh was an obvious choice for us. This has been possible due to the support of Chief Minister Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu and his forward thinking policies, as well as Mr. Ashok K Kantha, the Ambassador of India to China, who played a key role in helping us to forge links with Andhra Pradesh.”
Manu Jain, Head of India Operations, Xiaomi, said:
“We started looking at options for local manufacturing as soon as Xiaomi entered India in July last year. Being a key driver of ‘Make in India’, DIPP Secretary Mr. Amitabh Kant has been a strong supporter of Xiaomi right from the start, and has played an important role in turning our local manufacturing plans into reality. Local manufacturing shows Xiaomi’s commitment to being in India for the long haul, and we are also able to contribute to generating more jobs in India. We are truly excited to be playing a role in enhancing the quality of life of the people of India.”
Honourable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu said:
“We have great faith in young leaders and young companies like Xiaomi. These new generation companies and entrepreneurs will be key to the success of Andhra Pradesh and India. We are happy to partner with Xiaomi as they set up their first manufacturing unit in India, as part of the Make in India program. We believe this partnership will provide new opportunities to youth of the state and develop an electronics manufacturing ecosystem of global standards in Andhra Pradesh. We welcome Xiaomi to Sunrise Andhra Pradesh and India.”
Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), said:
“Xiaomi is a unique example of ‘Invested by China, Made in India’. Xiaomi is known for its quality technology and craftsmanship, and has an immense following amongst young India. I am sure they will make India their home and open many more production facilities.”
The Ambassador of India to China, His Excellency Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, said:
“I congratulate Xiaomi on this important milestone in their India journey. As an innovative global technology company, the manufacturing of Xiaomi products in India is a demonstration of Xiaomi’s commitment to India and a recognition of the potential for win-win economic collaborations between India and China. I am confident Xiaomi will be an example and encouragement to other Chinese companies that are looking at India. We are happy to support their efforts in building trade and investment links with India.”
On the specifications front, it features 4.7-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and it is protected it is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 64-bit processor which is paired with Adreno 305 GPU & 2GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with MIUI on top of it & has 16GB in-built memory which can be expanded further by using microSD card.
On the imaging front, it features 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfie & video-calling.
It has dual-SIM support and connectivity features like 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG.
It packs 2200mAh battery.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime Specifications
- Display: 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and protected by AGC Dragontrail Glass protection
- Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 64-bit processor with Adreno 305 GPU
- Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD
- Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat) with MIUI V6 on top of it
- Camera: 8MP Auto Focus Camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, Omnivision sensor, 1080p video-recording and 2MP front-facing camera, 720p HD video recording
- Connectivity: 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG
- Battery: 2200mAh battery