Atmanirbhar Bharat? Here’s a reality check for Made in India smartphones – Economic Times

The reality check for Made-in-India smartphones, a major focus of official drive on ‘self-reliance’, is that value of components sourced abroad is around 85% of a device’s cost. And Indian manufacturing is either minimal or absent in high tech components like printed circuit boards, chipsets, display and camera modules. These are designed and made in China or Taiwan

. Manufacturing in India is limited only to assembly-test-mark-pack facilities. ET breaks down value addition in smartphones. We take a phone that costs Rs 10,000 to manufacture. Himanshi Lohchab reports.



  • Experts believe a selfsufficient manufacturing ecosystem will need at least a decade. That too, assuming billions of dollars investment in areas like semiconductors

  • India has launched two schemes, aside of the production-linked incentive programme, for component makers

  • But unless companies commit big capital and government gives generous incentives, this will remain a tough challenge

  • Companies like Qualcomm, Mediatek, Samsung can transfer more research and design here

  • That will add more local value but will employ a few high skill people, as opposed to tens of thousands in fabrication plants

Source: Canalys, Counterpoint, ET research

Narasimhan Bangalore

Aatmanirbhar means not only in smart phones! I prefer to include defence related industries to strengthen India to face the covert Chinese and fellow travelers!

Kripa Shankar Lal

We have such large pool of technology innovators and start-ups, can not we replace import of such components with govt. incentives and support for capital investments from foreign and Indian companies.

Lakshya Saini

It’s time for India to unleash its potential and manifest in front of the world.Its prerequisite for India to become Self Reliant (Atmanirbhar).Indians shall commence to impede the usage of Chinese products.
Jai Hind Vande Bharat.🇮🇳
Regards Lakshya Saini.