Xiaomi installs a phone-dispensing vending machine in India

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In the coming months, it plans to expand the retail plan across more cities.

Xiaomi has announced its plans to set up Mi Express Kiosks in India. The vending machines would be available between 10 am to 8 pm in India, with promoter staff available to assist during those hours.

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According to the company, customers can pay for the smartphones and accessories through cash, cards or UPI.

These Mi Express Kiosks will be found across metro cities in public areas with greater footfall such as tech parks, metro stations, airports, and shopping malls. The first Mi Kiosk has been installed at Manyata Tech Park, Bengaluru and Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain tweeted out a picture showcasing the announcement.

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Xiaomi has its exclusive Mi Home Stores in cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, while it also has Mi Stores in rural parts of India.

"Mi Express Kiosks serve as a highly effective new retail initiative for consumers and Mi Fans to easily access and buy Xiaomi products instantly in offline markets", the company said in a statement.

It added that these kiosks are company operated. There is a touch screen for navigation, allowing customers to select the device or accessory they want to purchase.

Photos shared on Twitter by Xiaomi ahead of the launch today showed the kiosk loaded with earphones, selfie sticks, power banks, chargers, Bluetooth speakers and phones from Xiaomi and Redmi. The main aim behind launching such Xpress Kiosks is to eliminate the middlemen from the market. This will also reduce the cost of the product and people would get cheaper products without compromising with the quality.

With the introducing of Mi Express Kiosks, Xiaomi India becomes the first brand in the Indian tech industry to come up with an innovative e-commerce business model that is both cost-effective and scalable. To be honest, we're not surprised by this one because you know, it's from Xiaomi.

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