Battered by slowing sales back home, Xiaomi is banking on a boom in Indian e-commerce to drive new growth in the coming years.

Xiaomi president Bin Lin told the Wall Street Journal that he believed growth prospects in India were better than in China, and that he hopes to see the number of online smartphone sales in India rise from 30 percent to 50 percent in a few years.

India’s smartphone market is still primarily supported by brick-and-mortar offline sales, though a burgeoning crowd of online retailers and payment platforms are setting the stage for growth in online sales. Platforms including Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal have introduced a new wave of pricing wars to the Indian smartphone market, buoyed by maturing online payment services, including Alibaba-backed PayTM.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com