And share of Chinese vendors grew 18% month on month
According to IDC India monthly smartphone tracker, 9.3 million smartphones were shipped in India in the month of October 2015.
October. According to Kiran Kumar, Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India says, “With 25.9 percent month-on-month growth, 4G based smartphone accounted for more than half of smartphones shipped in October. This gain is mainly at the expense of 3G enabled handsets as vendors are replacing their existing models with 4G based smartphones while making consumers future proof.”
Shipments of Top 3 Chinese vendors namely Lenovo Group, Xiaomi and Vivo together grew at a healthy 18 percent month-over-month in October. Lenovo Group is one of the key driver for this growth with considerable volume of shipments coming from their new line up of smartphones like A1000, Vibe P1, A6010, etc. On the other hand, in October, more than half of Xiaomi’s smartphones shipped in India were locally manufactured and with Redmi Note Prime too joining local production line up, this share is only expected to go up.
IDC anticipates November to have maintained a similar shipment run-rate. Traction of 4G based smartphones will only grow further as Reliance Jio’s 4G based phones are expected to hit the market by end of CY 2015.