Foxconn may begin manufacturing iPhone X models in India starting 2019

Foxconn may begin manufacturing iPhone X models in India starting 2019

Foxconn may begin manufacturing iPhone X models in India starting 2019

The iPhone X range could be manufactured in India by Tawainese manufacturer Foxconn's local unit for the first time.

According to the report, high-end iPhone development is slated to commence at Foxconn's Sriperumbudur plant, which is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

For this, Foxconn will invest 25 billion Indian rupees ($356 million) to expand the plant, including investment in iPhone production. According to another source, the expansion will allow Apple to manufacture the more expensive models like the iPhone X line in the country.

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