Xiaomi Mi 5, Redmi Note 3 will come to India, but not Mi TV: Manu Jain

Xiaomi is working hard to bring its latest smartphones to India although 2016 is unlikely to be the year when the Mi TV gets launched here.

Written by Shruti Dhapola | New Delhi | Updated: January 30, 2016 5:07 pm
Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mi 5, Mi 4, Mi TV, Mi Band, Xiaomi India, Xiaomi India smartphones, Ericsson, smartphones, Android, technology, technology news Xiaomi India head Manu Jain indicated that new phones like Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5 will be made available in India.

Xiaomi is working hard to bring its latest smartphones to India, says the company’s India head Manu Jain, although 2016 is unlikely to be the year when the Mi TV gets launched here.

In an exclusive interaction with IndianExpress.com, Jain outlined the company’s outlook for India, saying that bringing more of their latest smartphones to the country was a top priority for them. He added that the company was fully committed to the Make in India program and was looking at new partnerships to boost its presence.

With Xiaomi one of the concerns for India in 2015 was the lack of new phones. Other than the Mi 4i and Mi Band, India only got upgraded versions of earlier phones. Devices like the Mi Note, Mi Note Pro, which were showcased in China, didn’t make it here. But Jain indicated that new phones like Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5 will be made available in India.

“With the new products coming up for Xiaomi, a lot of hard-work has gone in, both from the China teams and India teams. We are working very hard to ensure that the time gap between the two launches is reduced. Of course, some gap is to be expected between given that to launch a new device in India, we need to get certifications, clearances, etc,” said Jain.

In China, Xiaomi is also known for other products as well, such as the Mi Tv, Air Purifier etc. However Jain said that the wait for these is likely to continue for Indian consumers.

“We bought the Mi Band to India last year, and yes it was immensely popular. Some even said that it was the number one fitness tracker in India. However, for 2016, the primary focus in India will be around phones. there’s a good chance that the TV may not launch here this year,” said Jain. He explained that the company first wants to build up its smartphone business and ecosystem in India, and then move on to expanding its portfolio,

Xiaomi also plans to ramp up its e-commerce operations in India. Last year, the company launched an exclusive Diwali sale on its Mi.com India portal offering products at prices as low as Re 1. The company says that its app saw over 3 million installs during the sales period, while Mi.com got over 1 million visits per day.

Jain said the company had seen strong sales in India both for Q4 and Q3. An earlier Counterpoint report had claimed that Xiaomi’s Q3 sales had plummeted, a number that the company had disputed. “In Q3 we shipped a million phones. In Q4, we shipped more than a million smartphones, I would say somewhere between 1 and 1.5 million devices in India,” said Jain adding that the company was now shipping to over 1500 cities in the country.

Xiaomi’s India boss, however, refused to comment on whether the on-going litigation with Ericsson had slowed down their operations in India.

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    shubham mohod
    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:34 am
    Plz tell me when start redmi 3 sell in India
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      abdul majid
      Feb 1, 2016 at 6:42 am
      Plz tell me when start redmi note 3 sell in India
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        Abhishek Sharma
        Feb 14, 2016 at 7:17 pm
        launch your phone fast .Dont you think leeco,honor 5x,lenovo k4 note are covering the market if everyone will purchase these superphone how can they buy your smartphones .atleast tell us launch date of your phone so that we can decide that whether to purchase a xiaomi or other phone
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          Haha
          Feb 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm
          Remi k but try let nubeia n 9 mini that good
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            Anoop Bahukhandi
            Jan 31, 2016 at 4:35 pm
            Mi note 3 kab tak aayega india me
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              as
              Jan 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm
              When Redmi 3 will launch in India..????
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                Dhanajay
                Feb 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm
                I gave up Mi5 long waiting and purchased other b! Few of my friends lost hope and moved to other as well.
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                  rajesh
                  Jan 29, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                  After reading from one source its suppose to launch in March
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                    rajesh
                    Jan 29, 2016 at 4:57 pm
                    Redmi is also a xiaomi phone. Wtf!
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                      rajesh
                      Jan 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm
                      Which version re... The redmi note 3 mediatek or the snapdragon version? Because the snapdragon one is better and bringing the mediatek one would be a slap in the face knowing there's a better version out there and we are compelled to get the mediatek version.
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                        Gaurav Solanki
                        Feb 3, 2016 at 5:12 am
                        Rather than bringing new smartphones to India Please bring spare parts for the earlier ones. Also bring more actual and working services centres in India !!! Your service centres actully needs service. Focus more on service rather than showcase.
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                          Moon Theint
                          Jan 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm
                          All Reserved
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                            Raghav
                            Jan 29, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                            beta process?
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                              raja
                              Jan 29, 2016 at 10:06 am
                              If xiaomi is working that hard, how come leeco managed to bring its devices beforoe xiaomi. i am sure i am not going to wait for xiaomi as redmi note 3 16mp(pixel size1.0) camera is similar to le 1s 13mp camera(pixel size 1.12) and even though xiaomi is going to offer a better processor i am guessing 32gb version would be around 12000 rs compared to 11000 rs for le 1s.
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                                raja
                                Jan 30, 2016 at 8:27 am
                                Ya thats what i said in the end that i may as well wait for xiaomi redmi note 3 despite xiaomi being late in launching redmi note 3
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                                  raja
                                  Jan 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                                  There is an advantage with processor and battery. I love xiaomi but i am really tired of waiting and xiaomi is not treating indian market properly which is frustrating. May be i will wait for redmi
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                                    Sam N
                                    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                                    you choice . snapdragon 650 is very good on antutu score and got 4000mah power.
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                                      fatehram
                                      Feb 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm
                                      i waited mi note 2 long time but not came .i am hoping note 3 .i think that it will never not come in india
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                                        Srinivas
                                        Jan 30, 2016 at 10:09 am
                                        Thanks for the update on the Mi TV, I'll stick with Samsung for upgrade.
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                                          sunil
                                          Mar 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm
                                          Hi, I am waiting for mi note 3 in india.
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                                            singa
                                            Feb 3, 2016 at 11:09 am
                                            it is taking too much of time to release phone, better to check the alternative
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