Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Oneplus is looking to set up a research and development centre in India reports the Economic Times and it might be in Bangalore. The company which launched in India two days ago through Amazon.in is looking to advance in the market through its invitation only partnerships to sell their phones.
The announcement follows its competitor Xiomi’s plans to manufacture smartphones in India, possibly out of Nokia’s now idle plant in Chennai. Indian smartphone maker, Micromax too made a similar announcement earlier this year and has moved some of its manufacturing operations to India.
Oneplus co-founder Carl Pei said that the company may even consider manufacturing in India if the conditions were right, amid surging demand for smartphones in the country.
Oneplus and Micromax’s battle for smartphones also heated up earlier in November. Oneplus was reportedly on the brink of breaking off its deal with Cyanogen Inc after Micmormax entered an exclusive agreement with the firmware distribution company to sell Cyanogen-based phones under its Yu brand.
Indian users of the Oneplus’ smartphones will not receive future CyanogenMod OTA updates. However, they will be able to manually update their phones as it’ll be available for OnePlus smartphones in other countries.
Founded in December last year by former Oppo executive Peter Lau, OnePlus launched its first smartphone OnePlus One in April this year. It runs on a custom version of the popular Android deployment CyanogenMod dubbed as CyanogenMod 11S and has features like a 5.5 inch full HD display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 13 megapixel camera among others. Carl Pei told Indian Express that they plan to launch the 64GB variant for less than Rs 25,000 and the device will be launching soon.
Earlier this month, OnePlus had also appointed Vikas Agarwal as the general manager of OnePlus India.