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You can now buy Xiaomi phones, accessories from vending machines in India

Xiaomi on Monday announced it is opening Mi Express Kiosks across India. These kiosks are vending machines that will allow users to quickly purchase Xiaomi smartphones and mobile accessories at a location near them. In the statement announcing the launch of this initiative, Xiaomi said the new retail strategy will help eliminate operational and cost inefficiencies for consumers. The rollout of Mi Express Kiosks will start with metro cities, and the company looks to expand the kiosks to more cities in the future.


The Mi Express Kiosks will accept several modes of payment, such as cash, credit cards, debit cards, and UPI, allowing consumers to choose the option they are most comfortable with. The first Mi Express Kiosk was installed at the Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru, the company's India head revealed in a tweet on Monday. As of now, Xiaomi says the kiosks will "soon be installed throughout the metro cities," and adds that consumers can access information about kiosk locations via its India site - Mi.com.

Planned public area locations for Mi Express Kiosks include airports, metro stations, shopping malls, and tech parks. Xiaomi adds that "all the technology equipping Mi Express Kiosks has been researched and developed in India." The kiosks will feature products at a price similar to that available on Mi.com and Mi Home stores, the company also clarified.

The machine will house retail boxes of various products, although the company has not said if the latest smartphones and accessories will be put on a display that can be bought.

According to the Chinese smartphone maker, all technologies equipping Mi Express Kiosks were researched and developed in India, although the concept has been around in China since last year. The vending machines would be available between 10 am to 8 pm in India, with promoter staff available to assist during those hours.

As far as prices of products go, each device available at a Mi Express Kiosk will be offered at the same price as on Mi.com and Mi Homes.

This could be called Xiaomi's third initiative to penetrate the offline market in India.

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