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Is India The New Manufacturing Hub?

Gionee and Xiaomi seem to think so

Is India The New Manufacturing Hub?

In recent years India’s demand for smartphones has increased tenfold, while the regional prices have skyrocketed throughout the rest of Southeast Asia.

This week is strong for Gionee, and they’re riding the high. After releasing one of the sexiest flagships of the year, a 6-inch screen with 2K display and one of the highest resolution cameras on an Android phone, they have set their eyes on India. Hot on the heels from the Elife E8 release, the Chinese firm announced the F103, which was made in India, for India.

It has a relatively small 5-inch screen (especially compared to the Elife E8), with 720 x 1,280 resolution or full HD. It packs a quad-core MediaTek SoC that has been clocked at 1.3Ghz, alongside 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory that is expandable via microSD. It runs Android Lollipop out of the box, with the company’s very own brand new Amigo 3.0 interface on top.

It features a rear 8 megapixel camera that has been paired with a 5 megapixel front snapper.

It's likely that the future of manufacturing for the region, as well as Africa and other regions, might just be in India. 

Obviously, though, despite it being a mid-ranger, the move is pretty bold.

India is the emerging market that is still relatively untapped (just think, Apple already hit China last year). Still, this comes as no surprise. In recent years India’s demand for smartphones has increased tenfold, while the regional prices have skyrocketed throughout the rest of Southeast Asia. Gionee President William Lu was quoted, “We would be working towards making India a manufacturing hub for not just local consumption but also for nearby countries. Also, with local manufacturing, we are now keen on making India centric products”.

Unsurprisingly, Gionee started manufacturing its first phones in India at a Foxconn plant. Xiaomi already produces its products in the same plant. 

It's likely that the future of manufacturing for the region, as well as Africa and other regions, might just be in India. 

The F103 is priced around $155, and will be available in Pearl White, Dawn White, and Black.

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