Indian smartphone shipments slip for the second consecutive quarter in Q1

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By Belal Khan

According to US-based research firm, International Data Corporation’s (IDC) report, 23.5 million units of smartphones were shipped in India in Q1 2016 registering 5.2 percent growth over the same period last year. However, smartphone shipments shrank by 8.2 percent over Q4 2015, dipping consecutively for two quarters.

“The contraction in Q1 2016 is mainly propelled by the decline in shipments from all the Top 5 smartphone vendors of previous quarter. Shipments of key Indian vendors Micromax, Intex and Lava put together dropped 20.4 percent sequentially as they struggled to push their inventories into the market,” says Karthik J, Senior Market Analyst, Client Devices.

Key Chinese vendors like Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo and Coolpad gained traction in the first quarter of the year with new product launches, aggressive marketing spends and expanding their channel presence, adds Karthik.
Meanwhile, the “Make in India” campaign continued to promote the local manufacturing in India as more than 25 Vendors are now manufacturing smartphones locally in India. More than two-thirds of the smartphones shipped in Q1 2016 were assembled within the country.

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Few vendors who are currently assembling mobile phones in India are likely to start manufacturing components like batteries, chargers and data cables owing to encouraging support from central and state governments.
4G based smartphones shipments clocked 15.4 million units in Q1 2016, which has grown more than 6 times over the same period last year.
Jaipal Singh, Market Analyst, Client Devices says, “4G based device shipments accounted for 65.5 percent of overall smartphone shipments in Q1 2016 driven primarily by Samsung’s J-series models. This sharp rise in the share of 4G smartphone is due to the cohesive move from the entire ecosystem”.
Samsung continues to lead the 4G smartphone market followed by Lenovo and Reliance Jio.
“Qualcomm and Samsung are spearheading this growth while MediaTek along with Chinese and Indian vendors are driving the 4G volume in India. Adding to that, telecom players are playing a pivotal role in setting up the infrastructure and promoting 4G leading to wider awareness of this next gen technology in India”, added Singh.

Smartphone Vendor Highlights:

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Samsung continued to dominate the Indian smartphone market with 26.6 percent share, in spite of shipments dipping both year-on-year and sequentially (quarter-on-quarter). Over 75 percent contribution came from its J-series smartphones as they continue to drive volumes for the vendor in both offline and online channels.
Micromax retained second position in Q1 2016 with 6.9 percent growth over the same period last year.
Intex regained its 3rd position, although shipments sequentially declined by 10 percent in Q1 2016 but grew marginally over last year. Intex’s 4G shipments almost doubled over the previous quarter strengthening its portfolio with over 15 active LTE models.
Lenovo (including Motorola) slipped to fourth position as the shipments declined 35.8 percent coming off from a sharp spike in the previous quarter.
Reliance Jio replaced Lava as the fifth largest smartphone vendor with huge shipments of 4G devices.

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