Xiaomi installs a phone-dispensing vending machine in India

Manu Kumar Jain with the Xiaomi vending machine. (Source: Twitter)
Manu Kumar Jain with the Xiaomi vending machine. (Source: Twitter)
Xiaomi India’s managing director, Manu Kumar Jain, has announced a new initiative by the OEM: a vending machine for its devices and accessories. It is located in Manyata Technological Park, Bengaluru. The innovative "Mi Express Kiosk" accepts a wide range of payment types to dispense phones, power banks and more.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi India’s managing director, announced a new way to buy devices from this OEM in the country. It is a vending machine, but one that offers phones and other devices rather than candy or beverages. The company calls it the "Mi Express Kiosk", and has set it up in the Manyata Technological Park Bengaluru.

The Mi Express Kiosk reportedly dispenses products from the POCO and Redmi brands, as well as from Xiaomi. It also has buttons for power banks, Bluetooth speakers, earphones, tripod selfie sticks and chargers. It accepts cash, credit cards and debit cards, as well as UPI (a rapid transfer method set up by the Indian banking system).

The Xiaomi executives present at this machine's unveiling hinted that this could be the first of many installed in locations around India. This launch was also tweeted by Jain, whereupon it was received warmly by the prolific leaker Ishan Agarwal. On the other hand, the tipster also pointed out that vending machines are not that common in the Mi Express Kiosk's new home.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-05-13 (Update: 2019-05-13)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.