Tech giant Samsung said Thursday that it has started manufacturing smart watches in India at its Noida facility as part of its ‘Make in India’ efforts. The South Korean company, which has its largest smartphone manufacturing facility in Noida, also launched a new 4G-enabled smartwatch priced at Rs 28,490 to be manufactured locally.
“The Galaxy Watch Active2 4G Aluminum Edition is our most affordable 4G watch now. It is also the first smartwatch made in India. With Galaxy Watch Active2 4G, we have also started manufacturing our full range of 18 smartwatches in India as part of the ‘Make for India’ Program, “Mohandeep Singh, senior vice president of mobile business at Samsung India, said in a statement.
However, the company did not provide details on the manufacturing capacity of these devices or the investment made. In June 2017, Samsung announced an investment of Rs 4,915 crore to double its smartphone and refrigerator manufacturing capacity at its Noida (Uttar Pradesh) plant. In 2018, the company said it will double its annual device production capacity to 120 million units by 2020 from the Noida plant.
The Galaxy Watch Active2 4G Aluminum edition adds to Samsung’s range of 4G smartwatches comprising three sizes (42mm, 44mm, and 46mm) and two unique design templates (sleek classic and modern minimalist), according to the statement. The 18 smart watches made in India are priced between Rs 19,990 and Rs 35,990.
The Galaxy Watch Active2 4G comes with e-SIM connectivity that helps users stay connected for calls, messages and notifications. It will be available starting July 11 at retail stores and online portals.
According to research firm IDC, the Indian smart wearables market recorded 80.6% year-over-year (year-to-year) growth to 4.2 million unit shipments in the March 2020 quarter. Watches noted year-on-year growth of 43.3 percent in that quarter with approximately 2,09,400 watches shipped in the country, he added.