The Chinese smartphone giant is now planning to cover new ground by selling its devices through the physical brick and mortar stores in the country. Xiaomi has always been selling its devices online as its saves them the trouble of distribution until recently when it partnered up with The Mobile Store for selling its phones offline in India.
The Mobile Store currently sells Xiaomi phones like Mi4 and Redmi Note 4G. However, Xiaomi has now inked a deal with another firm- Redington for distributing its phones to physical stores in India. With this move Xiaomi will gain access to 1,000-1,500 brick and mortar stores in the country spread across more than 15 major cities in the country like Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mysore, Vizag.
Xiaomi plans to continue its partnership with Flipkart along with selling some selected devices like Xiaomi Mi4, Mi4i, Redmi 2, and Mi Pad through various physical stores. This looks like a test phase to us, as Xiaomi is planning to add more locations to this list with the next 1.5-2 months. And everything goes according to the plan, Xiaomi India Head, Manu Jain hopes to sell about 25% to 30% of phones via the physical store, which would be a significant amount.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime’s Indian Version Might Pack More RAM
Xiaomi is planning to unveil a new device alongside the debut of its new mobile OS- MIUI 7 on Aug 13th, next week. And that would be Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime. Please note that according to the information published on GSMArena, the Redmi 2 Prime showed up Amazon India for a while before being taken down.
Redmi 2 Prime looks like a power packed version of the Redmi 2 with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. Some of the hardware specs of the Redmi 2 Prime are 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chip, 8MP rear cam with LED flash, 2 MP front camera, Android 4.4, 4.7″ HD display, and a 2200 mAh battery.
We’ll keep you updated with more information about the phone as and when it surfaces.
Xiaomi is also coming up with an R&D development centre in Bengaluru. And that means that it will focus and develop some devices targetted at the Indian audience too.