India’s smartphone shipments fall for the first time, as Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo post best performances to date – according to the Canalys report
I have said several times that one of the hottest smartphone markets is India. It is a market in continuous training and with a high potential. And i said one of Xiaomi’s best marketing teams are India. Do you want results? Get results. Follow Xiaomi’s sales history in India. In comparison to the second quarter of 2016, the year-over-year shipments have declined by 4 percent. Canalys claims that the Indian market is contracting as less than 27 million smartphones were sold in the second quarter of 2017 in India.
The Indian smartphone market contracted for the first time in its history, as shipments to the country fell 4% year on year to just under 27 million units in Q2 2017. Samsung continues to lead the market, with a 25% share, followed by Xiaomi, which more than quadrupled its shipments to 4.8 million units this quarter. Vivo took third place, shipping an all-time high of 3.4 million units, owing to its rising popularity among tier-two and tier-three cities. Oppo displaced Lenovo to take fourth place, while Lenovo finished fifth with 1.9 million smartphones.
“With China suffering its own decline this quarter, India is a market of huge strategic importance to Chinese smartphone vendors,” said Canalys Research Analyst Ishan Dutt. “Samsung is under immense pressure in the mid-tier from the Chinese players. For now, its low-end J Series is helping it sustain its lead and maintain share. But it needs to use its brand to make its mid-tier devices more desirable. The recently launched S8 and S8+ have helped it win back some of its premium share. It now needs to generate a halo affect around these products in the mid-tier to counteract the threat from China.” Collectively, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Gionee and Lenovo control over 50% of India’s smartphone market.