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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Monday announced the opening of three more smartphone plants in India — along with the company’s first Surface Mount Technology (SMT) plant in Chennai that will manufacture printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) units in the country.

A PCBA is one of the most important components of the smartphone and contributes to nearly 50 per cent of the value of the device. Earlier this month, the government imposed a 10 per cent tax on imports of key smartphone components, including PCBs.

Speaking at the first-ever “Supplier Investment Summit” in the capital, Manu Jain, Vice President – Xiaomi Global, and Managing Director – Xiaomi India, said the company is one of the pioneers in the country to start local assembly of PCBAs.

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“Xiaomi’s high-quality, well-designed products at ‘honest prices’ have been instrumental in disrupting the Indian smartphone industry. I believe we will continue to play a key role in transforming India into a global manufacturing hub,” Jain told reporters here.

Xiaomi, which now has six smartphone manufacturing plants in the country — its biggest market after China — did not disclose the financial details for setting up the new plants.

The three-day summit was attended by over 50 global smartphone component suppliers, with the aim of helping them set up local manufacturing units in the country.

“If all the suppliers set base in India, this would potentially bring in an added investment of over Rs 15,000 crore and create 50,000 job opportunities,” the company said.

The summit was inaugurated jointly by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek and Invest India CEO Deepak Bagla.

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“In the last four years, we have scrapped several rules, regulations and procedures for investors like Xiaomi and others to come and invest in India,” Kant said on the occasion.

“We realised that manufacturing in India has to be part of the global supply chain. All Xiaomi phones are made for the global market. Today, we have the most open economy for foreign direct investment (FDI),” Kant added.

The three new smartphone plants — in partnership with Foxconn — are located across campuses in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, and a new campus in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. The factories with Foxconn now employ more than 10,000 people — of which more than 95 per cent are women.

“Additionally, all of the assembly work is done by women. The new factories will result in an increased production capacity of two smartphones per second during operational hours,” Xiaomi said in a statement.

Xiaomi expects to ramp up its PCBA production to close to 100 per cent of its locally-produced phones within the third quarter of the calender year 2018.

According to Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at market research firm Counterpoint, Xiaomi’s PCBA announcement should make it the second largest brand in terms of value addition in India after Samsung.

“The move should increase Xiaomi’s value addition from single digit to close to 15 per cent,” Pathak said.

According to CounterPoint, the total local value addition for smartphone players in the country has increased from 5.6 per cent in 2016 to 10 per cent in 2017.

With an overall market share of 26.8 per cent (as per Q4 IDC Quarterly Smartphone Tracker 2017), Xiaomi is the number one player in the online smartphone segment with 57 per cent market share and the number two player in the offline space, with 11.2 per cent market share.

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Vivo Gets Notice By Police As 13,000 Vivo Phones Has Same IMEI Number.



IMEI numbers are issued to each device which makes them easy to track and identify.

In a stunning revelation, it has been found that smartphone major Vivo has sold 13,000 smartphones with the same IMEI number.

Vivo is India’s 2nd largest smartphone maker, and as per Govt rules, no two mobiles can have the same IMEI number.

13,000 Vivo Smartphones Have Same IMEI Number ,this was found in Meerut.

When a police sub-inspector went to a Vivo service center in Delhi to get his Vivo phone replaced, he found that the IMEI number printed on the box and the IMEI number in the replaced phone are different.

Meerut cybercell was informed, and an investigation started, which lasted for 5 months.

While the service center incharge told that the IMEI number was not changed, the SIM operator was asked for more information, and it was found that since September 24, 2019, 13,000 Vivo phones had been running on the same IMEI number.

Based on the findings of the investigation, Meerut’s Cyber cell has sent a notice to under Vivo India’s nodal officer Harmanjit Singh under Section 91 of the CRPC.

There have been no comments from Vivo on this matter.

IMEI or the International Mobile Equipment Identity number is a unique identifier for every smartphone in the world. As per a 2017 ruling by TRAI, every smartphone used in India needs to have a unique IMEI number.

In case it’s found that the same IMEI number is used in different mobiles, then it will be considered a case of tampering and fraud, and jail term up to 3 years exists for the same.

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