After bidding goodbye to its financially-troubled Chinese partner LeEco, smartphone maker Coolpad on Thursday announced it has received a fresh investment of $300 million. With this fresh funding from Power Sun Ventures, a family trust, the Shenzhen-based Coolpad plans to expand its capabilities in Artificial Intelligence (AI), the company said in a statement.
“With this new investment, Coolpad aims to shift its focus from being just into mobile business to an AI-focused technology company. We plan to expand this by creating AI-focused applications across communications, health, education and gaming,” said Jiang Chao, CEO, Coolpad Group.
Chinese property mogul Chen Hua, Founder and Head of Kingkey Group, is leading the new investment through Power Sun Ventures. With this, Coolpad India will look forward to strengthen its position in the domestic market with some aggressive products in the coming months.
The last product launched by Coolpad in the country was “Cool Play 6“. In 2016, the company launched eight smartphone models in India. “It’s a very positive development for Coolpad, especially after a few ups and downs last year. With fresh investment and road map ready, we are looking forward to have a new start to Coolpad in India,” said Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India.
“Apart from benchmarking the products, we will also be looking forward to introduce some inventive technologies, which will eventually benefit the end users,” he added. The company has been producing 34 million smartphones globally every year, raking up $3 billion in revenue each year.
In terms of market share in online space, Coolpad ranks among top three smartphone brands on Amazon.in. The struggling LeEco has sold more than half of its stake in Coolpad Group, media reports said early this month. LeEco has been repaying its debt after selling shares in Coolpad Group. LeEco recently repaid $103.20 million of its debt owed to China Merchants Bank.