- Indian smartphone market grew a healthy 64% annually with growing traction from domestic and Chinese OEMs
- However, Samsung continues to dominate the India smartphone segment with 25% market share followed by Micromax and Karbonn with 20% and 10% market share respectively
- In the overall mobile phone market (smartphones + feature phones), it’s a very close race between Samsung and Micromax for the top spot, as Samsung regained the lead from Micromax this quarter after the Indian vendor surpassed the Korean giant in Q2.
- Motorola remained the fourth largest smartphone vendor but close race next quarter for the third/fourth spots between Motorola-Lenovo, Karbonn, Sony, Lava-Xolo and Xiaomi.
Source: Market Monitor Q3 2014 ReportThe growing need for consumers flocking to the internet using mobile phones coupled with rapidly declining average selling price (ASP) of smartphones has been the key drivers of uptake of smartphones in India. The declining smartphone ASPs is as a result of proliferation of firstly not only local brands entering a price-war but also the highly price-competitive Chinese brands such as Xiaomi or Lenovo entering the Indian market. These brands are employing cost-effective distribution strategies such as online e-commerce channels to keep the costs fairly low in order to gain price competitiveness which is a boon to consumers India smartphone market still has a room for vendors to grow exponentially as it expands deeper beyond urban India. However going forward only the vendors need to find faster and innovative ways to reach out to the end consumer. We estimate that going forward three out of four smartphones in the country will be 3G smartphones. The 6,000 to 8,000 INR price band is driving this trend and contributed to almost 30% of the total smartphone sales in Q3 2014. Samsung led this price band during the quarter but the share is being chipped away by Micromax, Lava and the new entrants such as Motorola and Xiaomi Million Smartphone Club The quarter was marked with major milestones crossed by number of OEMs charting their growth story in this high-growth important market. These brands are now shipping more than a million smartphones per quarter joining the likes of Samsung, Micromax and Karbonn.
- Fresh from its acquisition by Lenovo, Motorola shipped more than 1 Million smartphones for the first time in India in a single quarter (3Q 2014). Motorola’s leaner go-to-market strategy coupled with exciting portfolio of Moto X/G/E phones at competitive price points is being received very well by urban consumers
- Sony also crossed 1 Million mark unit shipments for its Xperia smartphones in India for first time in a single quarter (3Q 2014). Xperia C, Xperia M dual and the Xperia Ultra T2 registered healthy demand during the three months of Q3’14 as per our Model Sales Tracker service
- The Indian handset brand LAVA (excluding Xolo) also joined the million smartphone club shipping 1 Million units of its Iris sub-branded smartphones for the first time in India in a single quarter (3Q 2014). Lava saw strong momentum for its budget models such as Lava Iris X1 and X5 during the quarter
- We predict the next brands in line to join the ‘million smartphone club’ will be Xiaomi, Xolo, Gionee and Intex, to ship smartphones at a million per quarter run rate