Phone maker Xiaomi, who according to Counterpoint Research, was the fifth biggest smartphone vendor in the world during the last quarter of last year, is finalizing arrangements to set up a research and development center in Bengaluru (Bangalore), a state capital city of over 8 million dwellers.
The R&D facility is going to be Xiaomi’s first outside of its home country of China. However, with the booming phone sales in the South Eastern subcontinent, the Chinese tech company is willing to spend some dollars in the country.
“The R&D unit will focus on India-specific products to begin with. We will focus on localization, themes and then India specific features to cater to local requirements here,”Xiaomi’s GM in India, Manu Jain, said.
Xiaomi has indicated interest of producing devices on Indian soil. This does not make them the only foreign firm with such ambition nonetheless. Fellow compatriots Gionee has fondled with the idea for long only to say that governemt policies is the only thing holding back the move.