Redmi Note 9: Coming to India and likely made in India - almost 99% of Xiaomi smartphones and 85% of Mi TVs sold in India are made there
The boss of Xiaomi India, Manu Kumar Jain, has been teasing another Redmi device coming soon for the Indian market. This time around, it is the Redmi Note 9 that is being promoted as “the undisputed champion”, which seems typically bombastic for Xiaomi marketing. While shoppers in India have been able to pick up other devices from the range, the Redmi Note 9 has been thus far absent. However, it is rumored the MediaTek Helio G80-powered smartphone could be launched in that region around July 20, and it is expected to be priced anywhere between ₹10,000 (US$133) and ₹15,000 (US$200).
Xiaomi is clearly making big business in India, and with it being a Chinese OEM there has been some concern over its dominance in various tech-related sectors, such as with Redmi devices in the smartphone market and the popular Mi TV range in the smart TV sphere. However, Xiaomi has revealed just how much of its products are made in India, with the Redmi Note 9 likely (although not definitely) being among the “nearly 99%” of the company’s smartphones sold in India that are manufactured there. Additionally, 65% of the smartphone’s intrinsic value (material) comes from local sources.
Along with those statistics, Xiaomi has offered up some more data to reassure its millions of fans in India. For instance, 85% of Mi TVs sold in that country are also made there and Xiaomi power banks are made locally too. The company reminds its customers that it has seven smartphone plants in India and a Surface Mount Technology (SMT) plant there as well. Lastly, the Chinese OEM claims it provides over 30,000 jobs in these plants, with female workers making up 95% of that number.
Of course, keeping in mind the current tensions between China and India, these facts do not necessarily mean that the Redmi Note 9 will be a sure-fire success when it is released for the Indian market. But when a company can boast of 30% of the smartphone shipment market share in that particular country then it seems a safe bet the Redmi Note 9 will be a sales “champion” at least, if not necessarily an “undisputed” one.