The much-awaited Redmi phone with NavIC support is here. The Redmi Note 9 Pro with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 720G that supports The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (NavIC) is available for purchase in India for ₹12,999 (USD 175) on the Mi Store.
The Navigation and positioning features of the phone include NavIC support / GPS/ A-GPS / Galileo/ GLONASS / Beidou. The device now provides Faster Time to Fix(TTF) and a more accurate positioning and reliable GNSS connection as per Xiaomi.
Last week, Manu Kumar Jain, Managing Director, Indian subcontinent for Xiaomi technology posted on LinkedIn a replica of IRNSS that he got as a gift from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He shared posting this photo and said – excited that this homegrown tech will feature in the upcoming Redmi Note.
He has not yet commented to my request on LinkedIn where I asked for his views on how the consumer and enterprise ecosystem will benefit from the integration of NavIC in Xiaomi devices.
A month ago, Qualcomm made an announcement that Indian mobile consumers will be able to take advantage of ISRO NavIC in their mobile phones. Qualcomm announced the launch of three new chipsets – Snapdragon™ 720G, 662, and 460 – with support for Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC).
For more information on the key features of the phone and for more photos visit the announcement from Redmi India on Facebook.