The Chinese smartphone maker, OnePlus has announced that it is planning to start its production unit with its recently announced OnePlus X, in association with Foxconn. The company said that it will start manufacturing smartphones in India by December.
“We know you love our smartphones. While we have had our fair share of adventure in trying to get them to you quickly enough, we believe things are going to change for the better! This week, Pete announced our plans to the local media on initiating local production of its smartphones in India through contract manufacturing at ‘Foxconn’s Rising Stars factory’,” OnePlus General Manager India VikasAgarwal said.
“Local production will not only make our operations more efficient in terms of cost and working capital requirements but also help us in making our products available for sale much faster than ever before. Let the good times begin – we will have more info on this in future posts.”
OnePlus X, which is also commonly known as OnePlus Mini has been launched in India in Onyx and Ceramic edition with a price of Rs. 16,999 and Rs. 23,999, respectively.
The company further revealed that the smartphones will be exclusively available for sale on Amazon India. Sales for Onyx edition will commence on November 5, while, only 1000 units of Ceramic edition will be available for sale, starting from November 24. The company is still sticking to its Invite Only ecosystem, for the OnePlus X smartphone, like its siblings, OnePlus One or OnePlus Two.
The newly launched device is first ‘Make in India’ initiative from the company. It took around 25 days to complete the process of manufacturing the handset, including baking the ceramic at 1482 degrees Celcius for over 28 hours and then cooling it for 48 hours.
Agarwal further added, “We love a rich smartphone experience driven by value, choice and individuality. With the OnePlus X, we are proud to rediscover the art of craftsmanship and offer a balance between stylish design and flagship-grade performance. We are also pleased to announce that it will be our first locally manufactured smartphone.”
Besides this, Oppo Electronics has revealed that some of hundreds of the handsets will be manufactured by the firm in association with Foxconn India. After ensuring that these handsets passed the stringent quality test, Oppo’s top management would think about putting up a manufacturing plant.