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Samsung Ships 9.9mn Smartphones in India, Catches up With Xiaomi in Q2 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, Xiaomi shipped over nine million units, giving it a market share of just over 31 percent. Samsung, with a 26.2 per cent share, shipped just under 7.5 million smartphones

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Making a strong comeback, Samsung shipped 9.9 million smartphones in India in the second quarter of 2018, registering almost 50 per cent annual growth rate — its best since the fourth quarter of 2015, Singapore-based market research firm Canalys said on Thursday.

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi also shipped 9.9 million smartphones and this is the best quarter either vendor has had in the country, said the report.

Together, the two companies now account for 60 per cent of total shipments in India — up from 43 per cent a year ago.

“Samsung is hitting back. It has launched devices pitted directly against Xiaomi’s portfolio and is focusing on its cameras and imaging capabilities with ‘Portrait Dolly’ and ‘Background Blur Shape’ functions,” said TuanAnh Nguyen, Analyst at Canalys.

Samsung “J2 Pro” was the top model in the second quarter, with 2.3 million units shipped in India.

In comparison, Xiaomi shipped 3.3 million of its “Redmi 5A” device.

“Despite Xiaomi’s growing popularity in India, Samsung will remain the first choice for consumers. Its technological prowess and supply chain mastery will continue to give it an edge over Xiaomi for the foreseeable future,” the report noted.

In line with these performances, overall shipments in India grew by 22 per cent, to just under 33 million units.
In line with these performances, overall shipments in India grew by 22 per cent, to just under 33 million units. (Wikimedia Commons)

Meanwhile, Xiaomi more than doubled its shipments, albeit from a modest base.

Another Chinese player Vivo took the third place while OPPO came fourth, with shipments of 3.6 million and 3.1 million, respectively.

In line with these performances, overall shipments in India grew by 22 per cent, to just under 33 million units.

“Volume is not the only strategy in India. Samsung and Xiaomi often distract from the opportunities that India has to offer smaller and leaner smartphone vendors looking for additional business opportunities. The climate is right for businesses to realign and re-enter the market,” said Rushabh Doshi, Research Manager at Canalys.

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In the first quarter of 2018, Xiaomi shipped over nine million units, giving it a market share of just over 31 percent.

Samsung, with a 26.2 per cent share, shipped just under 7.5 million smartphones.

In the second quarter, Apple’s iPhone shipments to India fell by about 50 per cent but its paring back of distributor partners and move to a “brand-first, volume-next” strategy would reap rewards as it will ensure better margin per device, said the report. (IANS)

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Xiaomi Continues to Lead Wearables Market in India

The newly launched Mi band 3 became the most shipped wearable product ever in the history of wearables in India, according to IDC

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Xiaomi leads India wearables market in Q3 2018: IDC.

Riding on the success of its Mi Band 3 fitness tracker, Xiaomi has maintained its leadership in the country’s wearables market with a 41 per cent market share in the third quarter of this year, the International Data Corp (IDC) said on Thursday.

GOQii continues to hold the second position with a healthy 47 per cent year-over-year growth and 19 per cent market share in Q3 in 2018, showed the report.

Xiaomi and GOQii are followed by Titan, Samsung and Fossil in terms of market share.

The overall wearables shipments declined 11 per cent from the previous quarter largely because of the double-digit decline in the basic wearables, showed data from IDC’s “Quarterly Wearables Tracker”.

“It is too early to say that the India wearables market has started moving towards the smart wearables,” said Jaipal Singh, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India.

“However, vendors have started analysing the big pricing gaps between the basic and smart wearables,” Singh said.

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The overall India wearables market saw a 17 per cent year-over-year (YoY) growth in the third quarter of the year as vendors shipped a total of 897,000 units in the country, the report said.

The smart wearables, generally defined as wearables which can run third-party applications on its own, saw two successive quarters of double-digit growth and shipped 102,000 units in Q3 2018, making it the first quarter to cross the 100,000 units shipment mark in the country, the report said.

“While vendors need to identify a new pricing sweet spot for smartwatches, the next challenge is to address the positioning of watches which is still seen as a vanity product in India,” Singh said.

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“Also, many vendors haven’t explored the kid segment which can be a volume driver for this category as they are more comfortable with technology and new products,” he added.

Although their shipments witnessed a decline of 20 per cent quarter-over-quarter, Xiaomi saw a healthy growth of 77 per cent in this quarter when compared to the same time a year ago.

The newly launched Mi band 3 became the most shipped wearable product ever in the history of wearables in India, according to IDC. (IANS)