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First ‘made in India’ Gionee smartphone to be launched in Andhra Pradesh

Gionee launched the F103 as its first made in India smartphone. The handset manufactured at the Foxconn facility in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh in presence of Chinese company’s President William Lu, India chief Arvind Vohra and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The event will be held in the city of Visakhapatnam.

Gionee’s smartphones will be manufactured at Foxconn’s Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh, which has the capacity to produce up to 500,000 handsets per month. Gionee claims to have sold over 7 million devices in the country so far and aims to double sales with domestic manufacturing.

“I am really happy to welcome Gionee in Andhra Pradesh. We will ensure that the company faces no hurdles in its Make in India initiative and will provide all the support,” said the Chief Minister.

He also added I can assure Andhra Pradesh will become the hardware manufacturing hub. We are aiming to create the best ecosystem for local manufacturing with special emphasis on the necessary skill development.

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,” said William Lu.

The smartphone flaunts a 5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) IPS Dragontrail display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. Also on offer is 16GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card.

It also features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5-megapixel selfie camera, 2,400mAh battery, and connectivity options like dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. On the software front, it runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS out-of-the-box.