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HTC partners with Global Devices Network to manufacture smartphones in India

HTC will start manufacturing its handsets in India and has entered into an agreement with Global Devices Network for it, reports ET Tech. The report mentions that Global Devices Network, which had set up a manufacturing and assembling unit three month ago in Noida already produces smartphones for Zen and is in talks with other device sellers as well. The HTC devices made in India will be entry level, ranging in price between Rs 10,000 and Rs 25,000 and will be sold as the ‘Desire’ series. At least initially, the company will not be looking to manufacture its higher end smartphones like the ‘One’ series in India. The manufacturer will also set up its own quality control unit in the contracted plant for quality assurance. Note that earlier this week, homegrown mobile phone maker Celkon opened its first manufacturing unit in the country, in Telangana. The company claimed that the unit has the capacity to manufacture 2 lakh phones per month, and that this would be increased to 5 lakh phones per month in the next quarter. The company mentioned that about 60% of the phones manufactured at this plant would be feature phones and the remaining 40% would be smartphones. Last month, Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturing company Foxconn informed that it would start making Xiaomi phones in Andhra Pradesh, though it wasn't clear when Foxconn would start making Xiaomi phones at this factory. This plant is expected to be a small scale unit with a capacity to manufacture about…

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