Apple Overtakes Xiaomi in India Smartphone Shipments: IDC

Apple Overtakes Xiaomi in India Smartphone Shipments: IDC

New data released by International Data Corporation (IDC) for Q4 2015 finds that Apple overtook Xiaomi in the Indian smartphone market in terms of units shipped. Samsung, on the other hand, continued to be the top smartphone vendor in India followed by Micromax, Lenovo (and Motorola), Intex, and Lava.

According to IDC’s monthly city level smartphone tracker, the leading 30 cities of India make up approximately 51 percent of the entire smartphone market in Q4 2015. The data said that New Delhi generated the maximum demand, which was closely followed by Mumbai.

IDC detailed that the top 5 cities of India make up approximately 60 percent of the online smartphone sales in India. The 4G handsets make up around 45 percent of the market in these cities. The top 5 vendors in IDC’s top 30 city smartphone research were Samsung, which remained at the top in leading 30 cities of India, in the Q4 2015 across cities. IDC adds that the growth was driven by J-series and On series (which was constituted by online only sales), holding 29.4 percent market share within top 30 cities.

Micromax stood at the second position in Q4 2015 and captured 14.7 percent market share. Lenovo and Motorola combined held third position with 10.1 percent market share in Q4 2015 and were tagged as the most “value for money” brand led by models such as Lenovo K3 Note, Lenovo Vibe P1m, and Motorola Moto G (Gen 3) models.

Intex and Lava stood at fourth and fifth position respectively. Intex had 8.2 percent share while Lavaclosely followed with 7.1 percent. One of the biggest surprises emerged with the latest data was whenApple overtook Xiaomi with a market share of 4.6 percent while the latter captured 3.5 percent share. IDC added Apple dominated in the ‘over $300 (roughly Rs. 20,000) smartphone’ segment with a 42.1 percent market share. As per the market research firm, a major factor helping Apple edge past Xiaomi was the recent price correction for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus in India.

xiaomi_redmi_note_prime_hands.jpgThe top 30 city smartphone research by IDC also saw some of the Chinese vendors such as Lenovo,Motorola, and Xiaomi gaining market share in these cities due to their superior positioning as quality brands.

IDC also stressed that “with increasing appeal and penetration” of the smartphones in smaller cities and towns, the tier 2 & 3 cities are expected to institute a major portion of the Indian smartphone market in the near future. Currently, the top 25 Tier 2 & 3 cities make up around 21.3 percent of Indian smartphone market. It said that the majority of the demand from these cities was for 3G models. It however notes that with increasing 4G handsets and expanding 4G network footprint by Airtel, Vodafone, soon to be launched Reliance Jio, the demand for 4G smartphones is expected to grow.

The market research firm added that in these cities, affordable handsets make up over two-thirds of the market for sub-$100 smartphones.

Commenting on the new data, Jaideep Mehta, Managing Director, IDC South Asia said, “With increasing data penetration and enhanced reach of e-commerce, the smartphone consumers in Tier 2&3 cities is becoming more aware and demanding. They want a smartphone with latest the features & specifications, affordable prices, and convenient buying options. The coming 4G revolution is promising to trigger the next wave of smartphone growth with 4G enabled devices already overtaking 3G devices as the largest smartphone category.”

“There is a clear trend of migration from feature phones to low end smartphones in smaller cities and towns, making these markets the next growth engine for the smartphone industry. With the first time mobile phone users coming on a smartphone, it will be their only connected device which meets all of their internet and entertainment needs,” added Swapnil Bhatnagar, Research Director, IDC India.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 With Snapdragon 650 SoC Launched in India

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 With Snapdragon 650 SoC Launched in India

Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note 3 smartphone in India, introducing a Qualcomm-based variant of the handset in the country. This marks the first international launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which waslaunched in China in November last year sporting a MediaTek Soc.

The new variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 SoC, and Xiaomi claims it is the first smartphone in the country to do so. It will be available in Dark Grey, Champagne Gold, and Silver colours, and Xiaomi says the smartphone is its third ‘Make in India’ offering in the country.

The Redmi Note 3 will be available in two RAM and storage versions – one including 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage, and other 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. The 2GB variant is priced at Rs. 9,999, while the 3GB variant is priced at Rs. 11,999. It will be available from Wednesday via Mi.com, and Amazon.in. It will go on sale on Flipkart and Snapdeal at a later date.

The smartphone features an all-metal body and also packs a fingerprint scanner at the back, just like the original Redmi Note 3 with a MediaTek SoC. Xiaomi says users can store up to 5 fingerprint profiles. Users will get a 2-month free subscription to Hungama. Xiaomi also announced that its recently unveiled Mi 5 flagship will launch in India in April.

The highlight of the new Redmi Note 3 is it packs a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor (four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz and two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 1.8GHz). Other specifications of the smartphone are identical with original, including a 5.5-inch full-HD 1080×1920 pixels IPS display and offers 178-degree viewing angle.

It runs MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop and supports dual 4G SIM cards (Micro + Nano). The handset packs a 4050mAh battery with fast charging support that can charge up to 50 percent in 1 hour, same as the Redmi Note 3. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and two-tone flash. It also houses a 5-megapixel front camera. It measures 150x76x8.65mm and weighs 164 grams. For connectivity, the handset supports 4G LTE (compatible with Indian LTE bands), VoLTE, Bluetooth, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS, Glonass, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB. The Mi Bluetooth speaker was also launched, at Rs. 1,999.


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Xiaomi Mi 5 India Launch ‘in a Month’, Says Hugo Barra

Xiaomi Mi 5 India Launch 'in a Month', Says Hugo Barra

Xiaomi at the Redmi Note 3 India launch on Thursday confirmed that the Mi 5 flagship smartphone will be “coming to India in a month.” Xiaomi’s Global VP, Hugo Barra, during the event stressed that the team in India is trying to get the handset here “in a month” without specifying an exact date.

The Chinese company also announced Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth speaker for the Indian market. Priced at Rs. 1,999, the speaker is expected to be available near Holi festival and will be available in Blue, Gold, and Pink colours.

If the Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone launches by April, India may become one of the first markets to sell the flagship outside China. Barra also revealed that the company received a massive 1.6 crore registrations for the Mi 5, which went on sale in China on Monday.

(Also see: Apple Overtakes Xiaomi in India Smartphone Shipments: IDC)

Barra had previously confirmed that the Mi 5 will launch in core markets and had also named possible markets where the flagship will be available first – Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines.

He had also hinted that the company was looking on ways to expand the availability but will focus on the current operating markets.

Coming to the Mi Bluetooth speaker, the device features aluminium body and weighs 270 grams. It packs microSD card slot and comes with built-in microphone. Users can take calls automatically from the speaker without switching to the phone. The company says that the Mi Bluetooth speaker can offer up to 8 hours of music playback.

To recall, the Xiaomi Mi 5 was announced in three versions – standard edition featuring 3GB LPDD4 RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage priced at CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 21,000); prime version featuring 3GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB storage priced at CNY 2,299 (approximately Rs. 24,000), and pro version featuring 4GB LPDD4 RAM and 128GB storage priced at CNY 2,699 (approximately Rs. 28,000).

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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge India Launch Set for Tuesday

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge India Launch Set for Tuesday

Samsung India over the weekend started sending media invites for an event on Tuesday where the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge premium smartphones.

The invite came with a tagline that said, “Witness The Next Galaxy Revolution as it unveils its new sensation!” Apart from the smartphones, Samsung is also expected to reveal the various accessories it revealed for the new Galaxy phones at MWC 2016.

To recall, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge were unveiled at MWC 2016 in Barcelona.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have already been listed with pricing elsewhere in the world, and we can expect the India pricing of both the smartphones to be around the same price band. The Galaxy S7 is likely to be priced between Rs. 45,000-50,000 while the Galaxy S7 Edge can be expected to feature a Rs. 54,000-60,000 price tag in India.

(Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Top 7 Features: Always-On Display, Dual Pixel Camera, and More)

One of the biggest additions in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is the hybrid dual SIM (available in some regions). Both the phones support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 200GB).

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge differ mainly in their screen sizes and battery capacities. The curved edges on the S7 Edge are more than just a novelty this time, as Samsung has taken better advantage of them. In addition to the People Edge, you also get Tasks Edge, which lets you quickly access frequently used apps and even speed-dial your favourite contacts. A few more Edge screen widgets such as Yahoo News Edge and ESPN Edge will offer snippets of information in the future.

(Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge First Look)

The new phones debut Samsung’s new 12-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide f/1.7 aperture and Dual Pixel technology for faster shutter speeds and quicker autofocus. You can also quickly launch the camera by double tapping the home button. The cameras sit almost flush with the phones’ bodies, and the bulges of the previous models are now nearly non-existent.

To refresh specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch QHD Super Amoled display while the Galaxy S7 Edge packs a 5.5-inch QHD Super Amoled display. As rumoured previously, both phones now sport an Always-On display which will let users check notifications, time, and date without having to wake up the device. Both will be available in two storage variants: 32GB and 64GB.

(Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge to Launch With Exynos SoC in India)

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are powered by an Exynos 8890 octa-core (2.3GHz quad-core + 1.6GHz quad-core) SoC or Qualcomm Snadragon 820 quad-core (2.15GHz dual-core + 1.6GHz dual-core) SoC, depending on the regions. India is expected to receive the Exynos-based version. Both will feature 4GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S7 packs a 3000mAh battery while the Galaxy S7 Edge includes a 3600mAh battery. Both phones feature fast charging technology. Both the models support NFC and MST payment technologies, house a fingerprint sensor and have IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

(Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge to Launch in 60 Countries on March 11)

We already know that Samsung will release the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge in 60 countries in its first wave starting March 11.

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