Chinese startup OnePlus was expected to launch today its third smartphone at an event in Bengaluru, proof to that serving the company’s social media posts and other rumors and hearsay. But that didn’t happen, and it seems we’ll have to wait just a little longer for the alleged OnePlus X to make its appearance.
While the much awaited smartphone hasn’t been announced in India, there are still some great news for OnePlus fans. The Chinese smartphone maker has announced that it’s going to partner with well-known manufacturer Foxconn for the local production of its devices in the country.
Thus, OnePlus becomes the latest tech company to have joined the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Foxconn has already partnered with Gionee to build its devices on Indian soil and we know that Lenovo is also serious about open up a manufacturing facility inside India. Samsung too will manufacture the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in India and Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 Prime is the first ‘made-in-India’ smartphone. So, as we can see, India is becoming an increasingly attractive manufacturing location for OEMs.
The upcoming OnePlus smartphones will be manufactured at Foxconn’s Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh. The first batch of the ‘Made in India’ handsets are said to be commercially available by the end of 2015. This new Foxconn facility is said to have a manufacturing capacity of up to 500,000 units per month, so it seems that OnePlus is quite serious about taking its operations to a whole new level.
Foxconn is the world’s largest electronics contractor manufacturer and the third-largest information technology company by revenue, so it definitely possesses the know-how that OnePlus needs to finally be able to solve its problems with the supply chain. Pete Lau, founder and CEO of OnePlus, said the following during the event:
“Today is a big day for us. Producing smartphones in India is one of the most important decisions that we have made so far at OnePlus, and we are thankful to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Foxconn for helping us make this happen. India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path. This move will strengthen our presence and help us step up momentum in India.”
The facility will have a surface of 30,000 square feet and it will generate direct employment of over 1000 full time workers. This facility is also going to be used by Xiaomi, Gionee and possibly others too. Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Honorable Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, added his input as well:
“We are pleased to welcome one of the fastest growing smartphone companies in the global market – OnePlus – to make in India. Our dream is to catapult Andhra Pradesh to become one of the hottest destinations for local manufacturing in India, and I believe with brands such as OnePlus joining in, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. The Andhra Pradesh Government assures all cooperation and support to OnePlus to help them cater to the growing demands in the India market.”
On another note, if you’re looking to get your hands on the new OnePlus 2, you should know that Amazon India is holding another open sale for the smartphone tomorrow starting 8AM.