In a bid to leverage Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India‘ initiative and the tax benefits that come along, smartphone makers have increasingly started manufacturing in the country. As a result of which, we are seeing a spike in more affordable devices, even from companies that are not based in India. Interestingly, to hop on the bandwagon, some telecom operators are also manufacturing either in partnership with device makers or self-branded phones. Here’s a look at some of the prime ‘Make in India’ mobile manufacturers.
Xiaomi started with the Make in India plans even before the government officially rolled out the program. The newly launched Redmi 5A is called 'Desh ka Smartphone' as it is locally manufactured. The company also set up its third plant in India to accelerate its vision of domestic manufacturing.
HMD Global revived the iconic Nokia brand and promised that all phones sold in India will be made in India. Currently, the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 7, and Nokia 8 are all locally manufactured.
Domestic handset maker Karbonn announced its Make in India plans in 2015 with an investment of Rs 200 crores. It has also partnered with telecom operators to re-introduce its devices with bundled plans. The Karbonn A40 Indian, A1 Indian, and A41 Power are some of the re-launched phones.
One of the newest entrants in the smartphone industry, Comio, announced in November that it has kick started its Make in India plans. Comio phones assembled in India include the C1, C2, and S1.