Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi is going strong on its India operations. The company has announced its third manufacturing plant in India and the first facility for power banks.
This manufacturing plant is in partnership with Hipad Technology and is situated in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Along with this, Xiaomi also announced 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i and 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i.
Extending its commitment to the Make in India initiative, Mi Power Bank 2i will be assembled at Hipad Technology’s facility in Noida. Hipad Technology’s manufacturing unit is a dedicated Power Bank facility for Xiaomi and is spread across 2.3 lakh square feet. The starting production capacity for the facility is nearly 7 Power Banks per minute during its operational hours.
Xiaomi entered India in July 2014 and quickly announced plans to establish its first manufacturing plant for its smartphones. Today, the company has two smartphone manufacturing plants in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh and more than 95% of its smartphones sold in India are assembled locally. Earlier this year, Xiaomi met Honorable PM Modi and spoke at length about delivering on Make in India initiative.
Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India said, “Xiaomi India has seen exponential growth in India and today it enjoys market leadership in the smartphone segment. I believe a key reason for our success in the smartphone segment has been our commitment to India. We want our India Mi Fans to enjoy the best quality technology at an affordable rate, and manufacturing locally helps us achieve our vision. We are extending our commitment of building a truly localized company and hope to bring the ecosystem of world’s best powerbanks to India with our partners Hipad Technology.”
He further added, “We spoke to the team at Hipad Technology a year back, and encouraged them to look at the Indian market to set up a Power Bank facility. Hipad is our partner in China for Power Banks and their constant support has helped Xiaomi become the most popular powerbank brand in the world. We thought with the growing market size of Power Banks in India, it is important that we bring our manufacturing partners to India to provide Mi Fans a truly localized product and extend our commitment to Make in India.”
10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i and 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i
10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i features an elegant double anodized aluminium design that is lightweight, and just 14.2mm slim. Boasting up to 85 percent conversion rate, it can charge a standard smartphone multiple times. For instance, 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i can charge Mi A1 up to 2.2 times or Redmi Note 4 up to 1.5 times.
The higher-capacity 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i features a polycarbonate case with a perforated exterior for extra grip. It also boasts Quick Charge 3.0 and a conversion rate of up to 85 percent.
Both 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i and 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i feature lithium polymer batteries, and dual USB outputs so you can charge two devices simultaneously. In addition, Mi Power Bank 2i has nine layers of world-class circuit chip protection, with adopted USB smart-control chips and charging/discharging chips built by Texas Instruments. While also ensuring safety, it also improves charging conversion rates and stabilises discharging voltage.
All Xiaomi power banks go through 9 layers of stringent quality testing, and 3 levels of process inspection at each stage.
10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i is priced at INR 799, and 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i is priced at INR 1499. Power Bank 2i will be available at 12 noon on Mi.com and Mi Home stores starting November 23 2017. Following that, Power Bank 2i will also go on sale across Mi Preferred Partner stores and all Large Format Retail partners in December.
Xiaomi has become the number one smartphone vendor in Q3 2017 as per IDC Q3 Quarterly Smartphone tracker Q3 2013. With a market share of 23.5%, Xiaomi has climbed up the ladder to become the number one smartphone brand in India with 9.2M shipments. The company has also become the fastest growing smartphone brand in India with a growth rate of nearly 300% percent year-on-year.