Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi shipped 11.7 million units and became the top brand in the Indian market with 27.3 percent share in the third quarter this year, with Samsung at second spot, the International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Thursday.
According to the IDC "Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker", the smartphone market in India reached an all-time high of 42.6 million unit shipments in the third quarter (ending September 30), registering a 9.1 percent year-on-year (YOY) growth.
This is the first time when the smartphone market is at par with the feature phone market, each contributing 50 percent to the overall mobile phone market.
With the growth in the smartphone segment came a warning.
"With the duty hikes in place and the dollar fluctuation, smartphone vendors are expected to raise prices of devices in the coming months rather than absorbing the cost or clocking it under cash backs and financing schemes," said Navkendar Singh, Associate Research Director, Client Devices and IPDS, IDC India.
Online-focused Chinese smartphone maker Realme increased the prices of its two popular budget handsets in India. The Rs 6,999 Realme C1 is now priced at Rs 7,999 while Rs 8,990 Realme 2 (3GB variant) is priced at Rs 9,499.
According to Upasana Joshi, Associate Research Manager, Channel Research, IDC India, shipments in the third quarter were primarily driven by the eTailer channel in run up to the festival season.
"eTailers continued to drive affordability with multiple financing options such as zero or low-cost EMIs (equated monthly instalments), buyback guarantees and cashback on debit/credit cards," Joshi said in a statement.
"Samsung registered an annual growth of 4.8 percent in 3Q18 at the back of its 'Infinity' series model 'Galaxy J6' followed by Galaxy J2 (2018), Galaxy J8, Galaxy J4 and the recently launched Android Go model Galaxy J2 Core with a middling demand," the IDC report added.
Vivo continued at third position with a growth of 35.4 percent.
The offline segment registered a slower annual growth of 6.6 percent in the third quarter.
With a 2.1 per cent (YoY) growth, the feature phone market registered shipments of 43.1 million units in the Q3 2018. Shipments for Jio Phone continued to decline as the vendor focused on clearing existing channel inventory, said the report.