OnePlus is among the latest companies to join the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. At an event in Bangalore today, the company announced its partnership with Foxconn to manufacture smartphones in India.
OnePlus’ smartphones will be manufactured at Foxconn’s Rising Stars factory within the Sri City Integrated Business City in Andhra Pradesh. This facility will be able to produce up to 500,000 handsets per month. OnePlus says that the first batch of its made in India handsets will be commercially available by the end of 2015.
“Producing smartphones in India is one of the most important decisions that we have made so far at OnePlus, and we are thankful to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Foxconn for helping us make this happen,” Pete Lau, Founder & CEO, OnePlus said. “India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path. This move will strengthen our presence and help us step up momentum in India.”
At the event, OnePlus also revealed some numbers saying that it has so far sold 250,000 OnePlus One units in India since its launch last year. On the global scale, the company has sold over 1.5 million OnePlus One handsets since last year. Going forward, the company aims at selling a million smartphones in India by the end of 2015.
Since the launch of the OnePlus 2 in August this year, the smartphone was up for sale without the need for invites today on Amazon India. The company said that in the sale that lasted an hour, it sold 15,000 handsets. The company also announced that it plans on conducting another open sale tomorrow at 8:00AM on the e-commerce site.
As mentioned above, OnePlus is one of the latest companies to announce its plans for smartphone manufacturing in India. Lenovo and Motorola will be manufacturing smartphones at their Sriperambudur plant in Chennai, while Asus India’s Peter Chang recently said, “Asus is looking at manufacturing smartphones in India via contract manufacturers.”
Xiaomi, on the other hand, launched the Redmi 2 Prime, its first ‘made in India’ smartphone. The Chinese company partnered Foxconn, which has set up a manufacturing facility in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. Other companies that have shown a similar interest include the likes Huawei, Oppo, and Microsoft too is reported to have approached Foxconn to manufacture its Lumia smartphones in the country.
Gionee today is hosting an event in India, where it too will announce its first smartphone that will be manufactured in India.