In line with reports last month, Foxconn has reportedly started manufacturing Xiaomi smartphones in India. The company has shipped out the first batch of smartphones from its plant in Andhra Pradesh, which also includes ones from InFocus, Economic Times reports. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42Also Read - Xiaomi might have a new Snapdragon 888 phone up its sleeve, to be Mi 11T
Foxconn has leased a 7,000 acre in Sri City special economic zone, and has started manufacturing around 10,000 phones a day. While Xiaomi and InFocus smartphones are a part of the batch, there is no word on how many handsets are being manufactured for the respective brands. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Edition showcased in India
Manufacturing 10,000 phones a day is quite a small number compared to Foxconn s other plants in other countries. Not surprisingly, the world s biggest contract manufacturer plans on scaling up its operations.
“It (manufacturing) has just started and is moving as we speak. Actually, compared to our capacities elsewhere, it is not that bid a scale. In the long run we intend to grow the facility further,” Vincent WH Tong, chairman of FIH Mobile told the publication.
Foxconn recently also revealed its 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. Per recent reports, it could start manufacturing iPhones and iPads in India, but it will take some time because Apple s devices require high-precision equipment and high investment, plus a larger supplier base.
It is also said to be in talks with Japanese Internet giant SoftBank to set up a joint venture in India for manufacturing telecom products. Recently, it also announced a partnership with SoftBank and Bharti to setup solar project in the country with an investment of $20 billion.