Gionee has hopped on the Make in India bandwagon with the F103, which is also its first offering in the Fashion series of smartphones. The Gionee F103 will be manufactured in Foxconn’s Sricity plant in Andhra Pradesh and the company is hopeful that the production will peak at 6-7 million phones per month as we near the end of the year. The ‘Made in India’ phone was launched in the presence of Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
Gionee F103 is equipped with a 5-inch HD display and draws its power from a quad-core SoC clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with a 2GB of RAM. On the imagining front the device sports a 8-Megapixel primary camera and a 5-Megapixel secondary camera. The Gionee F103 offers 16GB of internal storage coupled with a memory card slot which can accommodate an extra 32GB. The device is backed up by a 2,400mAh battery pack.
This assembling facility of Foxconn looks like the same one being used to assemble phones from Xiaomi and OnePlus. Incidentally, OnePlus just announced its own plans to tie up with Foxconn to manufacture its upcoming devices in Andhra Pradesh.
The F103 will be available in three colour options including Pearl White, dawn White and Black and will retail at an MRP of Rs 10,399. Foxconn has already cranked up its new production facility at Sricity and has also extended manufacturing support for Xiaomi phone. Andhra Pradesh seems to be keen on tapping the geographical advantage and become a hardware manufacturing hub. While most of us might argue that the phones are just being assembled in India and the parts are still imported, it is still an important endeavour which might foster a dynamic ecosystem for the Indian market. Foxconn has already committed $20-billion Dollar Indian investment spread across 10 years.