If you remember than sometimes back we reported about Qualcomm coming up with 3 new chipsets that would have navigation support from ISRO’s NavIC (If you don’t click here). These chips would now be placed on Xiaomi ‘s smartphone.
The Chinese smartphone brand on Tuesday announced that it would use ISRO’s Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, NavIC technology in its Redmi smartphones. The smartphones to be released in 2020 by Xiaomi would support NavIC which was initially supported only on some Snapdragon chipsets.
The smartphones would be spread across multiple price points. With this Xiaomi would become the only smartphone brand, so far, to have worked with ISRO. This would be a big boost to India’s Make in India program. Xiaomi Global VP and MD Manu Jain tweeted to announce the collaboration.
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India’s own navigation satellite system (NavIC) was launched in the year 2016. ISRO’s NavIC has a total of 8 satellites as a part of its navigation system. Out of these 7 would be used for providing positioning, location, navigation, and timing (PNT) services while another one will offer messaging services (IRNSS-1A). It can provide accurate positioning in India and 1,500km around the Indian mainland.