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Huawei Partners with Micromax Infomatic to Boost Offline Sales in India

Huawei, the world's second largest smartphone seller, entered the India market in 2018

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FILE - A staff member stands in front of a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019. VOA

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei on Tuesday entered into a partnership with Indian consumer electronics firm Micromax Informatics to boost its off-line sales in India. “We have partnered with Micromax to launch our smartphones at multibrand outlets in India,” Rishi Kishor Gupta, Vice-President, (Huawei Brand), Consumer Business Group, Huawei India, told IANS. Huawei’s online brand Honor phones are not part of this deal.

“In Micromax brand stores, Micromax phones will be available. But as far as the distribution and retail network that we have, Huawei will be capitalising on that,” said Deepti Mehra, Head, Marketing, Micromax Informatics.

“There will be no co-branding. Micromax will continue separately when it comes to launching of own phones. There is no conflict of interest because Micromax addresses to the mass segment and Huawei the premium category,” she said.

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There is no conflict of interest because Micromax addresses to the mass segment and Huawei the premium category,” she said. Flickr

Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone seller, entered the India market in 2018. Having started its business online in India, Huawei launched offline products exclusively with Chroma. After that it partnered with Poorvika Mobiles to expand presence in the southern states.

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With the alliance with Micromax, the idea is to be present across the country, starting from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Kochi, Bangaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Kolkata and Jaipur.

“With an aim to be present where our consumers are, we plan to focus on a robust offline distribution network catering to the needs of consumers in urban as well as rural regions and to make them experience the innovative technology that has won the hearts of customers’ world over,” said Tornado Pan, Country Head (Huawei Brand), Consumer Business Group, Huawei India. Huawei sold 200 million smartphones in 2018. It also shipped 100 million devices by the end of this May. (IANS)

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India Becomes the Second Largest Smartphone Market After China: Report

India surpasses US to become 2nd largest smartphone market

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The Indian smartphone market surpassed the US for the first time on an annual level. Pixabay

New Delhi: Riding on Chinese brands, the India smartphone market surpassed the US for the first time on an annual level and this is the latest science and technology news, becoming the second-largest smartphone market after China globally — reaching 158 million shipments in the calender year 2019 with 7 per cent (YoY) growth, a report from Counterpoint Research said on Friday.

While Xiaomi continued to be the top player with 28 per cent market share in the calendar year 2019, Samsung was second with 21 per cent and Vivo at 16 per cent market share, said Counterpoint’s ‘Market Monitor’ service.

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India has now become the second-largest smartphone market after China globally. Pixabay

“Although the rate of growth for smartphone market hit single digit for the first time ever on an annual basis, India is underpenetrated relative to many other markets with 4G penetration in terms of subscribers being around 55 per cent,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint.

“Chinese brands share hit a record 72 per cent for the year 2019 as compared to 60 per cent share a year ago.

“This year, we have seen all major Chinese players expanding their footprint in offline and online channels to gain market share. For instance, Xiaomi, realme, and OnePlus have increased their offline points of sale while brands like Vivo have expanded their online reach with Z and U series,” said Anshika Jain, Research Analyst at Counterpoint.

Over the past four years, Xiaomi, Vivo, and OnePlus have grown 15 times, 24 times and 18 per cent, respectively.

“This highlights that OEMs are mature enough to capture next wave of growth and expand their operations in India,” Jain added.

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Although the rate of growth for smartphone market hit single digit for the first time ever on an annual basis, India is underpenetrated relative to many other markets with 4G penetration in terms of subscribers being around 55 per cent. Pixabay

Samsung shipments remained almost flat (YoY) while it has shown a 5 per cent (YoY) decline in 2019.

“This is for the first time Samsung transitioned to a completely new portfolio targeting different channels (offline with A series and online with M series). However, it needs to double down its efforts to keep the momentum going,” the report noted.

While the smartphone market registered YoY growth, the feature phone market witnessed a steep decline of nearly 42 per cent YoY in 2019 and 38 per cent (YoY) in Q4 2019.

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“This is due to slowdown in the new shipments from Reliance Jio. However, the players such as itel, Lava, Nokia and Micromax registered positive annual
growth despite the overall segment declined showing the untapped potential of the market,” said the report.

In fact, itel emerged as the number one feature phone brand in Q4 2019, followed by Samsung and Lava. (IANS)