On Thursday, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi launched its latest mobile device series – the Redmi Note 9 – in India, priced between $175 – $215 approx. (INR 13,000 – INR 16,000) with ISRO’s NavIC built-in.
As an autonomous regional satellite navigation system, it is currently capable of fetching accurate real-time positioning and timing services.
The system can cover Indian geography as well as a region extending 932 miles (1,500 kilometers) around the system.
We're proud to announce that #RedmiNote9ProMax will feature India's very own #NavIC!— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) March 12, 2020
Shout-out to the dedicated teams at @isro for achieving this incredible feat!#ProCamerasMaxPerformance! pic.twitter.com/FJsYdpWfKz
According to reports, Xiaomi’s ninth generation of Redmi devices running on a company-customised MIUI version of Google’s Android operating system, would prioritize NavIC over the traditional GPS system on Google Maps.
Xiaomi #RedmiNote9Pro— Robin Sinha (@RobSin91) March 12, 2020
4+64 - Rs 12,999, 6+128 - Rs 15,999
-6.67" FHD+ in-display cutout
-Snapdragon 720G with NavIC (MIUI will prioritise NavIC over GPS in Google Maps)
-4GB/6GB + 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1
-Side mounted fingerprint sensor
-16MP front cam with super stabilisation
ISRO designed the navigation system in partnership with US-based chipmaker Qualcomm. Support for NavIC has made its way into recent smartphone launches.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 mobile processors support NaVIC.
In December 2019, the US Congress designated India’s NavIC as an “allied” navigational system, alongside the European Union's Galileo and Japan's QZSS.
India kick-started the process of developing its own domestic navigation satellite system after the US refused to provide GPS data to the Indian Armed Forces during the 1999 Kargil conflict with Pakistan.
Currently, a constellation of seven satellites form the NavIC, providing critical satellite-based navigation signals for both civilian and military purposes.