Smartphone shipment in India saw a growth of 7.1 percent to 32.1 million units in the March 2019 quarter, even as the global market saw a decline of as low as 6 percent year-on-year during the period, according to an IDC India report.
However, the high-end channel inventory from the previous quarter has resulted in fall in shipment volume by 8.4 percent on a sequential basis.
Online sales accounted for 40.2 percent of the market share in March 2019 quarter.
Xiaomi was the leading smartphone vendor for another successive quarter, shipping a total of over 9.8 million units in Q1.
Samsung remains its biggest rival with 7.2 million units and 22.3% market share, even though the South Korean company’s YoY shipments fell sharply by 4.8% in the calendar year. Vivo was the fastest growing smartphone vendor with a YoY growth of 108.4% and a market share of 13%, up from 6.7% a year ago.
Leaving Samsung, all the other vendors in the top five are from China, accounting for over 56% of the smartphone market alone. The total market share of Chinese companies was not shared by IDC but the overall market share of Chinese vendors in Q1 was close to 66%.
Let’s make ourselves comfortable for an epic smartphone companies battle ahead!