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One Plus to manufacture 3T model phones in India next year

Chinese phone manufacturer OnePlus said that it plans to manufacture the newly announced 3T model in India from early next year to meet “growing demands”, according to this Reuters report. A spokesperson from One Plus India confirmed this development with MediaNama. This is the second such manufacturing deal from One Plus after it tied up with Foxconn to manufacture phones in Andhra Pradesh facility  in October last year. The contract with Foxconn was however discontinued earlier this year, according to the report. The company however did not mention the reason behind this move Interestingly, in this month Foxconn had temporarily laid off 25% of its employees on paid leave due to demonetization and severe crash crunch. Vikas Agrawal, General Manager of One Plus India was quoted as saying that production is slated to start in India be next quarter. According to IDC, One Plus is ranked as the 3rd largest vendor of premium phones in India after Samsung and Oppo. The company does not disclose One Plus shipments in India but has however mentioned that over 7% of its shipments in 2014 were to India. This was the same time when it unveiled its first flagship device One Plus One. Currently the company sells One Plus devices in India through an exclusive partnership with Amazon, but recently Flipkart also started listing One Plus devices  (much to the amusement of OnePlus founder Carl Pei). One Plus had launched its ecommerce portal in India in October where it lists branded accessories like screen protectors, cases, cables, back…

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