外文标题：Xiaomi to set up research & development centre in India
NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi will set up a research and development unit in Bangalore, its first such facility outside of its home country, as it looks to beef up presence in the booming Indian smartphone market.
The company, which expects the centre to be operational in the next few months, will focus on localizing its products and features for the Indian market through the unit.
"We have always stated that India is one of our most important markets. We are in process of signing the lease on a facility in Bangalore, which will be our R&D unit. This is the first one outside China," Xiaomi India head Manu Jain said.
Work on the facility is expected to commence by the end of March and in the next few months, it will be operational, he added.
Jain declined however to comment on investment details and the number of people who would work at the R&D centre.
"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," he said.
India is one of the largest markets for Xiaomi outside of China. The company has so far, launched three devices in India Mi 3, Redmi 1S and Redmi Note. The cumulative sales have crossed a million units since the first launch in July 2014.
Saurabh Mittal (New Delhi)
Welcome Xiaomi!!! I know this one is only a eye candy to attract Indian market, but it's good for our country.
Speaking of which, I hope Xiaomi establishes a Manufacturing unit in India as well. It'd be a major boost to Indian Confidence :)
I love my Mi3, which happens to be an outstanding device... High hopes for the RnD team.. Viva la Xiaomi. Unleash the Smartphone revolution in India!
this company is going to rape Samsung
nice decision now hope to get updates sooner
Its good that they are setting up the R&D center., Hope they will also setup manufacturing plants so that some jobs are provided to India as well.,
They should Make in India!!
Good decision by Xiaomi.