Foxconn building Xiaomi and Asus handsets in Brazil, rumors say

Foxconn building Xiaomi and Asus handsets in Brazil, rumors say
Rumors say that Xiaomi is getting ready to launch its Redmi 2 (a.k.a. Hongmi 2) in Brazil, all the while Asus is making preparations to roll out the ZenFone 2 in the same country, some time in August. While this doesn't sound extraordinary by itself, it's the fact that the reports state the units sold will also be made in Brazil that is interesting – specifically because they claim that the phones are being manufactured by Foxconn in a Brazil-based plant.

Foxconn is, as you most probably know, the main builder of Apple's iPhones, but, of course, does not limit itself to work exclusively with Cupertino. We've recently learned that the Taiwan-based company is looking to construct a manufacturing plant in India, while earlier this year, we did hear about it planning to partner up with Xiaomi and build a plant in Brazil.

None of these reports, however, suggest that such a facility should be finished by now. This seems to oppose the rumors about Brazilian-made Redmi 2 and ZenFone 2 launching so soon – we just can't see the logistics of it working out, unless there is a secret manufacturing plant already built and churning out phones.

Still, whether the August date is correct or not, a Xiaomi-Foxconn partnership has been mentioned yet again. It is said that such a deal will look to expand the Mi's global reach, while, we assume, Foxconn will get to build the internationally sold phones. Those of you who crave a Mi 5 – would you say that's good news?

source: DigiTimes via GSMDome

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11 Comments

1. julianojd

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

the Xiaomi today began sales in Brazil, it was announced June 30 at an event

2. paul.k

Posts: 289; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Thanks!

7. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Yes, for just $170! (source: bit{dot}ly/1CYU0J3 )

3. waddup121 unregistered

The foxconn dominion is rising

4. seban1988

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

And now they will charge > $R 1500 for a zenfone 2. Hold on and see. Prices are ridiculous in this country.

5. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

That's awesome! We need more competition here! Since HTC doesnt sell its phones here we basically just have Samsung, Sony, LG and Apple, and they introduce some ridiculous prices here, maybe some chinese competition will force them to be a little more fair.

6. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Welcome to Brasil Xiaomi, but if they don't bring us lower prices it'll fail !

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Isn't R$499 low enough? That's just $170 for a pretty decent phone. Quite a good value IMO. (source: bit{dot}ly/1CYU0J3 )

10. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Put the taxes on (you don't know Brasilian government) and you have R$ 1800,00 !

11. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Isn't R$499 after taxes? If not, then your beef is not with Xiami, but with the robber barons in Brasilia.

9. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

They are building there because labor is cheap. When the economy fell they imported workers and had to pay big time unemployment. They paid 10k for each worker who would leave and terms were to never come back of they took the payment. They then vowed to build a plant in that country.

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