Xiaomi-Qualcomm gears up to amaze Redmi smartphone users with NavIC tech


Chinese tech major Xiaomi has officially declared that it will bring ISRO’s Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), NavIC technology to its next range of smartphones. US-based tech company Qualcomm is going to manufacture these chipsets. It aims to provide accurate geolocation services in up to 20-meter range in the primary service areas.

Crux of the Matter

What is NaVIC?
The IRNSS with an operational name of NavIC (acronym for ‘navigator‘ in Sanskrit) is an autonomous regional satellite navigation system that provides accurate real-time positioning and timing services. This geo-positioning system designed in by ISRO covers India and a region extending 1,500 km around it. The system currently consists of a constellation of seven satellites, with two additional satellites on ground as stand-by. The Indian government has also proposed to mandate this navigation system in commercial vehicles.

Xiaomi – Qualcomm Partnership
Manu Jain, Global Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India says: “We are extremely proud of the sophisticated geo-positioning tech which ISRO has devised, and even more proud to integrate it into several Xiaomi devices. We also thank our partner Qualcomm Technologies for enabling support in their chipsets as we bring it first to the Redmi smartphone this year.”

The capability has been currently enabled by Qualcomm Technologies Inc on several of their Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and will be now be made available across multiple Xiaomi smartphones in India.

What IRNSS will Offer?
The implementation of IRNSS was possible after R&D efforts from Xiaomi for software along with ISRO and Qualcomm’s efforts, in order to further extend its commitment to the Make in India movement.

The key consumer applications of NavIC for mobile devices would include precise location mapping in remote and difficult to access areas. There would also be precise timing, along with visual and voice navigation for drivers and terrestrial navigation aid for hikers and travelers and subsequently a feature for Disaster Management.


Make in India is a type of Swadeshi movement covering 25 sectors of the Indian economy, was launched by the Government of India on 25 September 2014 to encourage companies to manufacture their products in India and enthuse with dedicated investments into manufacturing. After the launch, India gave investment commitments worth ₹16.40 lakh crore (US$230 billion) and investment inquiries worth of ₹1.5 lakh crore (US$21 billion) between September 2014 to February 2016. As a result, India emerged as the top destination globally in 2015 for foreign direct investment (FDI), surpassing the United States and China, with US$60.1 billion FDI. As per the current policy, 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is permitted in all 100 sectors, except for Space industry (74%), defence industry (49%) and Media of India (26%). Japan and India had also announced a US$12 billion “Japan-India Make-in-India Special Finance Facility” fund to push investment. More Info