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China’s Xiaomi Rolls Out First Made-in-Vietnam Smartphones

Xiaomi, which wants to expand its foothold in Southeast Asia, said the first batch of phones from its plant north of Hanoi went to a local distributor, but it plans to soon export to regional markets

Xiaomi has begun making smartphones in Vietnam for sale locally and across Southeast Asia.
Xiaomi said the first batch of its phones made in Vietnam had been sent to a local distributor, but it also wants to export its phones to Malaysia and Thailand. Photo: Reuters.


China’s Xiaomi rolled out its first batch of made-in-Vietnam smartphones, the electronics goods maker said on Thursday.

The devices were manufactured at its plant in the Thai Nguyen province, north of Hanoi, the company said in an email.

The factory is run by Xiaomi’s partner, DBG Technology.

Vietnam has in recent years become a regional manufacturing hub for global electronics makers.

The export value of smartphones from the country, mostly produced by Samsung Electronics, rose 12.4% last year to $57.5 billion.

Xiaomi, which is looking to expand its foothold in Southeast Asia, said the first batch of the smartphones from the plant had been sent to a local distributor.

The company said it would soon export smartphones to other Southeast Asian markets, including Malaysia and Thailand, but did not provide further details on its production capacity in Vietnam.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.


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