A purchaser uses the first Mi Express Kiosk, a Xiaomi vending machine, in Bangalore, India, on May 17, 2019. Xiaomi is India’s top smartphone maker, but sales of its handsets and those of other Chinese brands are threatened by new lockdowns amid surging Covid-19 cases in the country. Photo: Xinhua
A purchaser uses the first Mi Express Kiosk, a Xiaomi vending machine, in Bangalore, India, on May 17, 2019. Xiaomi is India’s top smartphone maker, but sales of its handsets and those of other Chinese brands are threatened by new lockdowns amid surging Covid-19 cases in the country. Photo: Xinhua

Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Realme face Indian dilemma as Covid-19 resurgence sinks demand

  • Before the latest round of lockdowns started in April, India’s smartphone market had been in the midst of a recovery from last year
  • The smartphone brands’ manufacturing in the country is also threatened as more virulent viral strains could prolong the crisis

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A purchaser uses the first Mi Express Kiosk, a Xiaomi vending machine, in Bangalore, India, on May 17, 2019. Xiaomi is India’s top smartphone maker, but sales of its handsets and those of other Chinese brands are threatened by new lockdowns amid surging Covid-19 cases in the country. Photo: Xinhua
A purchaser uses the first Mi Express Kiosk, a Xiaomi vending machine, in Bangalore, India, on May 17, 2019. Xiaomi is India’s top smartphone maker, but sales of its handsets and those of other Chinese brands are threatened by new lockdowns amid surging Covid-19 cases in the country. Photo: Xinhua
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