Xiaomi has expressed belief in the growing IoT ecosystem in India. The Internet of Things could be engaging a new wave of demand. The brand expressed in its statement. The company has decided to start shipping vacuum cleaners, called “Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P,” whose pre-booking phase is going on through its crowdfunding platform. The shipping of these robotic cleaners shall begin from September 2020 onwards.
The company had offered a pre-booking facility to its customers and interested buyers for its upcoming robotic vacuum cleaners. The offer had started on April 17. The company had a target of 10,000 people at this phase. It says that around 25 percent of the target has been met already. People are expressing an eager desire to go for the new robot-based home appliance.
The post corona market in India is going to be different, and with this dissimilarity, comes a change in taste and a greater change in demand. As a subsequent section of the population is expected to be more conscious of health and hygiene, it pays to say that the demand for sanitation and cleanliness based devices will see a boom in the market.
It is going to be true for metro cities, especially. Around 75 percent of the total demand comes from big cities and prominent metros for the “Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P” via its crowdfunding platform. Xiaomi India Chief Business Officer Raghu Reddy told PTI that most of the demand i.e., around three-fourth of the total buyers, belonged to the 10 cities.
These top 10 cities in Reddy’s list include popular names such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Noida, Pune, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata. He further said that besides these cities, there had been the display of active interest from other cities such as Coimbatore, Cochin, Jaipur, and Bhubaneswar.
It is worth noting that it is extremely important for Xiaomi it crosses its target mark. The company has been taking orders from its customers. In the absence of this factor, Xiaomi decides not to ship the product and thus refunds the sum already paid by the buyer during booking. Reddy said that the work from home during lockdown would popularise the need for helper devices.
Xiaomi has planned the shipping process. Reddy was spotted saying that the shipping process would start from September onwards. The company favors taking a phased approach, and in keeping with this, the pre-booking of the robotic vacuum cleaners will see an extension until June 15, 2020. It will provide an extended window to the potential buyers to book the product.
Within this period, the product can be booked for an amount of Rs. 17,999. There shall be an increase in price after this, which shall continue till August 15, 2020. The company has planned to reduce the price afterward. The Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P will be sold at Rs. 24,999 after August 15, 2020.
Xiaomi business head has also said that the IoT market in India is not completely developed and matured. But, the momentum at which the market is gaining popularity is worthy of praise. The company has come up with air purifiers, smart lights, and water purifiers for IoT enthusiasts. These are the products that can be controlled using a smartphone at a distance.