Xiaomi to set up first R&D unit in India





New Delhi: Handset maker Xiaomi Corp. will set up a research and development (R&D) unit in Bangalore, its first such facility outside of China, as it looks to beef up presence in the booming Indian smartphone market.

The company, which expects the centre to be operational in the next few months, will focus on localising its products and features for the Indian market through the unit. “We have always stated that India is one of our most important markets. We are in process of signing the lease on a facility in Bangalore, which will be our R&D unit. This is the first one outside China,” Xiaomi india head Manu Jain told PTI.

Work on the facility is expected to commence by the end of March and in the next few months, it will be operational, he added. Jain declined however to comment on investment details and the number of people who would work at the R&D centre.

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Plantronics launched new Bluetooth product

Plantronics launched Plantronics Explorer 210, a new Bluetooth product under the Explorer headset line.

Introducing the new headset, Bobby Joseph, Country Director, Plantronics said, “We have designed Explorer 210 to cater to the need of more and more people opting to go hands-free. It is simple to use and comfortable to wear. It is our endeavor to serve our customers with the best products that suit their individual budget and preferences.”

The compact new Explorer 210 incorporates excellent and dependable sound quality with more practical features like an on-off switch help you save your battery life for when you’re actually using it. Plantronics Explorer 210 also features QuickPair™ technology to provide fast and easy set-up with most Bluetooth mobile phones. The Explorer 210 provides up to eight hours of talk time and up to eight days of standby time

Commenting on the launch, Rajesh Goenka, VP, Sales & Marketing, Rashi Peripherals, said, “The ergonomically designed headset will meet the market’s requirement for a good and affordable headset which is high both on comfort and style. With the ever increasing number of mobile users, there was a need for an affordable headset and Plantronics Explorer 210 fulfils that need. Plantronics stands for quality and reliability and we are pleased to offer this affordable product for India consumer. As you know Indian consumer is value intelligent and value conscious, this new offering from Plantronics will ideally suit and will give real Plantronics experience to all.”

The Plantronics Explorer expands on the Plantronics’ legacy of headset engineering, featuring a new look and comfortable ergonomic fit. The slim earloop and contoured eartip are engineered to offer a comfortable, secure fit.


Practical features like an on-off switch help save your battery life for when you’re actually using it.

– Slim ear loop and contoured ear tip are designed to offer a comfortable, secure fit

– QuickPair™ technology provides fast and easy set-up with most Bluetooth mobile phones

– Convenient on-off slide switch saves your battery

Talk time – 8 hrs

Standby time – 8 days

Weight – 11.5 grams

QuickPair™ Technology Supports initial pairing with Bluetooth phones

Pricing and Availability

The Plantronics Explorer 210 is available in India at an MRP of INR 1399.00.