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Xiaomi to invest in Indian startups, Hugo Barra says

World's third largest smartphone vendor Xiaomi is keen on investing in start-ups in India and is scouting for opportunities in Bangalore and Delhi-NCR as it looks to add new features and services to i

  • Published: November 24, 2014 5:43 PM IST
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World’s third largest smartphone vendor Xiaomi is keen on investing in start-ups in India and is scouting for opportunities in Bangalore and Delhi-NCR as it looks to add new features and services to its products. “Innovation is the key at Xiaomi. We want to build an ecosystem of innovation and for that we are looking at investing in start-ups,” Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra told PTI. Also Read - Redmi Note 10T 5G first sale today: Price in India, sale offers, and more

The focus is on mobile and apps that can be incorporated to enhance the product experience, he added. “The start-up ecosystem here is very vibrant. People are coming back and doing a lot of interesting things around technology, and we want to bring that to the people. In that sense, we are venture capitalists. But it’s more than just investment,” he said. Also Read - MIUI 13 to add 3GB of RAM to any Xiaomi phone with its memory expansion feature

Barra said globally, Xiaomi invests anything from $100,000 to millions of dollars on funding innovative firms. Xiaomi recently made a $300 million investment in online video provider iQiyi, besides buying stake in China’s largest video streaming site Youku Tudou. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42

The company, which started operations in the country earlier this year, today launched its third device in India — the Redmi Note. The device will have two variants — one with 4G capability (single SIM) and the other without (dual SIM) — priced at Rs 9,999 and Rs 8,999 respectively.

The 4G variant has been launched with Airtel. Under the partnership, consumers would be able to book the device through Airtel’s website and buy the device from 100 Airtel stores in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai, along with e-commerce portal, Flipkart.

Till now, Xiaomi has sold an estimated 800,000 devices of Redmi 1S and Mi 3 through its exclusive partnership with Flipkart. Registration for the 3G version of Redmi Note will begin on Flipkart on November 25 at 6:00PM, with the sale starting at 2:00PM on December 2. The 4G version will be available in the latter part of December.

The Redmi Note features a 5.5-inch screen, 1.7 GHz octa- core MediaTek processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal flash memory (expandable up to 32GB), 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera and 3,100mAh lithium-polymer battery. The Redmi Note 4G has 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and supports both TDD and FDD versions of 4G services.

“We have received tremendous response in the short time that we have been here. We are very excited to launch the much awaited Redmi Note. Our fans will also have easier access to our products from Airtel’s flagship stores,” Xiaomi India Head Manu Jain said.

He added that he was hopeful of hitting the one-million- unit sales from India with the launch of Redmi Note.

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  • Published Date: November 24, 2014 5:43 PM IST


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