Earlier this week, a report claimed that Foxconn has started manufacturing Xiaomi and InFocus smartphones at its facility in Andhra Pradesh. Now, Microsoft is said to have approached the company to locally manufacture its smartphones as well, ETtech reports. Also Read - Xbox Series X restock in India possible by early August, no news on Series SAlso Read - Xbox Game Pass: List of games coming to consoles in July, big games releasing next month
As per the publication s sources, Microsoft has approached Foxconn to manufacture its smartphones at the Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh. It further claims that if the deal goes through, the Foxconn plant will produce two variants of Microsoft smartphones for India. Also Read - Top 5 Minecraft Mobile seeds to build a world and where to find them
Before its sale to Microsoft, Nokia had one of its largest manufacturing plants near Chennai. However, Nokia got in a tussle with Indian tax authorities, which led to the exclusion of that manufacturing facility from the sale to Microsoft. With no future plans to manufacture phones, Nokia shut down the plant. Foxconn, which too had a plant in the same SEZ too had to shut down since it was servicing the Nokia facility.
Microsoft has now approached Foxconn to manufacture the smartphones in the same facility where it is reportedly manufacturing Xiaomi and InFocus smartphones. While it hasn t revealed any numbers, the facility is capable of manufacturing 10,000 smartphones per day, with the company planning on expanding the capacity.
Since shutting its operations last year, Foxconn has returned to India and now plans to setup as many as 10-12 factories in India by 2020 with an initial investment of around $2 billion. The contract manufacturer s clientele include Apple, Amazon, Dell Cisco and Microsoft among others. It is also reportedly looking at manufacturing iPhones and iPads in India. Per recent reports, it is believed to be in talks with Japanese Internet giant SoftBank to set up a joint venture in India for manufacturing telecom products.