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India Smartwatch Market Sees Record Shipments in 2023 With 50% YoY Growth

  • With a 30% share, Fire-Boltt took the top spot in 2023, driven by the widest portfolio among all OEMs.
  • Noise and boAt captured second and third spots with 25% and 17% shares respectively.
  • The top five brands’ share was the highest ever at 81%, indicating a growing but consolidating market.
  • Fastrack and Boult entered the top five for the first time.
  • 54% market was under the retail price band of INR 2,000, which registered over 3x growth.

New Delhi, Beijing, Boston, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, San Diego, Seoul – February 7, 2024

India’s smartwatch shipments grew 50% YoY in 2023, according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s IoT Service. This growth was driven by the rising penetration of smartwatches, proliferation of low-cost devices to target first-time users, and enhanced efforts by Indian brands through extensive marketing and distribution, promotions and local manufacturing. In addition, there is growing awareness and interest among customers to track their health vitals, utilize the device as a style statement, or leverage it for gifting purposes.

A chart showing India Smartwatch Market Share 2022 vs 2023

Commenting on the market dynamics, Research Analyst Harshit Rastogi said, “The market saw over 125 active smartwatch brands in 2023 even as it started moving towards consolidation. The combined share of the top five brands reached the highest ever at 81%. In addition, growth of emerging players like Fastrack, Boult and BeatXP led to further consolidation of the market. The product portfolio of the top players expanded quite a lot compared to 2022 to cater to different customer segments. Moreover, the market is now further skewed towards the lower price bands with 54% of the shipments in 2023 coming under the INR 2,000 retail price band, up from 26% in 2022.”

Commenting on the outlook, Senior Research Analyst Anshika Jain said, “While the market continues to register high growth rates, we are seeing some stabilisation, signaling wider adoption. The quarterly growth rates have come down from triple to double digits. We expect the market to grow 23% YoY in 2024. With the introduction of new features like cellular connectivity, high-level OS (HLOS) and better displays, the market is likely to sustain growth. We are now observing that OEMs are tapping into new emerging markets like Southeast Asia and the Middle East and foraying into other wearable categories like smart rings to accentuate their presence in the market.”

Market Summary

  • Fire-Boltt led the market with a 30% share. The brand maintained its focus on offering a wide SKU portfolio and a strong offline presence.
  • Noise (along with sub-brand Alt) captured the second spot with a 26% market share. The Noise Colorfit Icon 2 and Colorfit Icon Buzz were the best-selling smartwatches in 2023. The brand expanded its retail presence in 2023 and also expanded its portfolio in the kids smartwatch category.
  • boAt (with sub-brands TAGG and Defy) maintained its third spot in the market with a 17% share and 40% YoY growth. The brand sported its widest portfolio in 2023 and also introduced its Crest+ OS. Besides, it launched limited-edition smartwatches for the Cricket World Cup in 2023.
  • Fastrack registered the highest shipment growth among major OEMs to move to the fourth spot with a 5.4% market share. With existing brand value and wide offline presence, it has expanded rapidly.
  • Boult captured the fifth spot with a 3.8% market share. It had the lowest ASP among the top five OEMs.
  • Samsung declined by 3% YoY in 2023 but registered 17% YoY growth in Q4 2023. The Galaxy Watch 4 continued to be the brand’s best-selling model owing to its promotional pricing, making it the best-selling WearOS smartwatch in India.
  • Apple’s shipments declined by 57% YoY in 2023 owing to longer replacement cycles and higher ASP coupled with iPhone-only compatibility. The brand maintained its lead in the shrinking INR 20,000 and above retail price band. With increased iPhone sales in India in 2023, we can expect gradual growth in Apple Watch shipments in 2024.

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Global Smartwatch Market Rebounds; Huawei and Fire-Boltt Hit New Peaks

  • The global smartwatch market rebounded with a 9% YoY rise in Q3 2023 shipments, continuing the upward trend from the previous quarter.
  • Growth was propelled by strong performances in the Indian market, particularly from Fire-Boltt, and Huawei’s significant surge in China.
  • Outside India, the rise in high-specification HLOS smartwatches, driven by new Apple, Huawei, and Samsung releases, dominated the market.

Seoul, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego – December 01, 2023

Global smartwatch shipments increased 9% YoY in Q3 2023, according to Counterpoint Research’s latest Global Smartwatch Model Tracker. After experiencing a slowdown earlier this year, the smartwatch market regained momentum in Q2 2023 and continued the positive trend in Q3 as well. The primary drivers of this growth were the sustained strong performance of the Indian market led by Fire-Boltt, as well as Huawei’s tremendous rebound in China.

Research Analyst Woojin Son said, “There is significant value in examining the growth drivers of the global smartwatch market in Q3 2023. Amid a global economic slowdown, most consumer device markets like smartphones are still experiencing stagnation compared to a year ago. In contrast, the smartwatch market has recorded YoY growth for two consecutive quarters in both premium and budget segments. Notably, High-level Operating System (HLOS)* smartwatches, typically featuring higher specification and price, have grown largely driven by Huawei in Q3 2023 as the company posted its highest quarterly performance ever. Most of this surge occurred in the Chinese domestic market, coupled with the launch of new Huawei 5G smartphones.”

High-level Operating System (HLOS)* Smartwatch Market Share, Q3 2022 vs Q3 2023

Source: Counterpoint Global Smartwatch Model Shipment and Revenue Tracker, Q3 2023

Son added, “Meanwhile, the Indian market, which has been powerfully leading the Basic* smartwatch sector, maintained robust growth in the quarter. The country contributed to 35% of total global shipments, securing its position as the leader in the global market for the third consecutive quarter.”

Market Summary

  • Apple delivered its best-ever Q3 performance, with a 7% YoY increase in shipments. This achievement is particularly noteworthy given that the latest Apple Watch, a key product in their lineup, was released slightly later than the previous year. The strong shipments of the 2nd-generation SE model significantly contributed to the growth of the industry leader.
  • Huawei witnessed an impressive 56% YoY increase in overall shipments for the quarter, with HLOS smartwatches seeing a remarkable 122% surge. Its Watch 4 and 4 Pro series, released in Q2 2023, and the Watch GT 4, released in Q3 2023, have achieved good popularity. The increase in Huawei’s shipments was due to the return of its smartphones and the bundled sales model induced by various sales channels.
  • Samsung experienced a 19% YoY decline in shipments. However, the new products released in August exhibited only a 3% drop compared to the previous ones. In essence, the decrease in Samsung smartwatch shipments this quarter appears to be primarily attributed to a sharper decline of legacy models. Meanwhile, the proportion of the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic significantly increased compared to last year’s 5 Pro, contributing to the rise in the ASP of the brand.
  • Fire-Boltt reclaimed its leadership position in India after recording its all-time highest quarterly shipments. All the three major Indian brands — Fire-Boltt, Noise and boAt — are experiencing a slower growth rate than before. However, this is interpreted not as a sign of sluggishness, but rather as an indication of entering a phase of stabilization.

*Types of smartwatches:

  • HLOS smartwatch: Electronic watch running a high-level OS, such as Watch OS (Apple) or Wear OS (Samsung), with the ability to install third-party apps.
  • Basic smartwatch: Electronic watch running a lighter version of an OS, with no ability to install third-party apps.

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Global Smartwatch Shipments Market Share (Q2 2022 – Q3 2023)

Global Smartwatch Shipments Market Share Q3 2023

November 30, 2023

This page represents the global smartwatch market share based on shipments by quarter (from 2022-2023) by top brands.

Global Smartwatch Shipments Market Share Q3 2023
Note: Rankings provided are based on the standings for each quarter.
The chart includes the top three brands and “others” for each quarter.

Source: Global Smartwatch Shipments by Model Quarterly Tracker

Brands Q2 2022
Apple 27%
Huawei 7%
Samsung 9%
Others 57%
Brands Q3 2022
Apple 22%
Samsung 12%
Noise 9%
Others 56%
Brands Q4 2022
Apple 37%
Huawei 7%
Samsung 9%
Others 47%
Brands Q1 2023
Apple 26%
Fire Boltt 9%
Samsung 9%
Others 56%
Brands Q2 2023
Apple 22%
Huawei 10%
Noise 10%
Others 58%
Brands Q3 2023
Apple 22%
Fire Boltt 10%
Huawei 9%
Others 59%

Highlights:

  • The global smartwatch market grew 11.1% YoY in Q3 2023 to reach 35 million shipments units. Q3 was a turnaround for the market after it recorded a YoY decline for two straight quarters.
  • While Apple and Samsung saw YoY declines of 10% and 19%, respectively, Huawei and India’s top two brands, Noise and Fire-Boltt, recorded significant growth during the quarter.
  • By region, India led the overall global gains as it more than offset declines in North America, Europe and the rest of Asia.

We also have a detailed smartwatch shipments model tracker available for subscribing clients:

 

Global Smartwatch Shipments by Model Quarterly Tracker, Q3 2023

This report analyses the shipments of smartwatches splitting them in ASPs, price bands and revenues. It also includes model and specs level analysis with a region split.
This is a robust quarterly report with fact-based deep analysis that covers multiple dimensions and will help players across the smartwatch value chain to holistically analyze the current state of the global smartwatch market and plan ahead of competition.

The global smartwatch market increased by 11.1% YoY reaching 35million of quarterly shipments. This is a turnaround in three quarters after experiencing a YoY decline in the previous two quarters.

While Apple and Samsung saw YoY declines of 10% and 19% respectively, Huawei and India’s top two brands – Noise and Fire Boltt – recorded significant growth. By region, India led the overall global gains as it more than offset declines in North America, Europe and the rest of Asia.

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Will the Upgraded Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 turn around Apple’s Smartwatch Slump?

  • Apple announced the anticipated Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 on September 12.
  • Both watches will come with Apple’s new S9 SiP, powering several new features.
  • The launch comes amid a slump in Apple Watch shipments over the last three quarters.
  • While new features and hardware make the devices a notable upgrade over their predecessors, macroeconomic conditions may undermine the success of these devices.

Apple announced two new Watches – the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Watch Ultra 2 – at its launch event on Tuesday, September 12. The two devices feature several key updates over their predecessors that, on their own, are impressive. However, amid a slump in Apple Watch shipments, will the upgrades be enough to get buying consumers to the store?

Apple’s S9 SiP Brings New Features and Functionality

Central among the upgrades for both the Apple Watch S9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is the S9 SiP – the first new processor in an Apple Watch since the 2020 Apple Watch S6 – which is a big deal. The new S9 SiP features over 60% more transistors, giving a 30% speed boost to its GPU. The chip also features a quad-core neural engine that is twice as fast as that on the Apple Watch Series 8, enabling improved on-device machine learning and AI functionality. Additionally, the S9 SiP features improved power efficiency, helping the Apple Watch S9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 achieve a battery life of 18 hours and 36 hours, respectively.

The upgraded performance of the S9 SiP enables several new features on the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. Notably, Siri will now operate on-device, making it faster and more reactive to users’ needs. The improved neural engine also makes dictation up to 25% more accurate, which should reduce the frustration users have when Siri misunderstands their requests. Users will also now be able to ask Siri to log health information or to reply to them with key health metrics. This should be helpful for when users are in the middle of a workout and are unable to look at their watch faces.

Apple Watch Series 9 from Apple’s Announcement

The updated neural engine also powers one of the event’s biggest Apple Watch announcements – the new double-tap gesture. Users can now double-tap their forefinger with their thumb on their watch-wearing hand to accept or decline calls, start and stop music, snooze alarms, and more. This feature will be very convenient for users whose other hand is occupied with another task. The neural engine processes data from the watch’s gyroscope, accelerometer, and heart-rate sensor to bring this feature to life. It’s also worth noting that the double-tap gesture is used for the Apple Vision Pro. It seems Apple is slowly introducing its consumers to the vocabulary of gestures that will drive its spatial computing devices.

Apple Watch Ultra 2 from Apple’s Announcement

Brighter Displays

Another upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 was in their display technology. While the previous Apple Watch Series 8 and Watch Ultra featured displays of 1,000 nits and 2,000 nits of brightness at their brightest level. The Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 feature up to 2,000 nits of brightness and 3,000 nits of brightness, respectively. This will make reading the display in bright outdoor settings much easier, which should be especially attractive to outdoors enthusiasts as well as athletes.

Sustainability Engineered into the Apple Watch S9 and Ultra 2

Apple engineered sustainability into the DNA of its new Apple Watches. From the materials used in the devices to shipping methods, Apple made a serious effort to reduce its carbon footprint. In fact, when paired with specific bands, the Apple Watch S9 and Ultra 2 are carbon neutral. Apple also announced that with recent measures, last year’s Apple Watch SE 2 is now carbon neutral with specific bands, making Apple’s entire lineup of latest watches carbon neutral. This sets a high bar for competitors who will feel the pressure to implement similar measures.

To achieve this feat, Apple moved to replace all cobalt in its Apple Watch batteries with recycled cobalt and moved to use 95% recycled materials for the casing of the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Additionally, Apple is shipping a higher number of units via ocean rather than air, which significantly lowers carbon emissions.

Pricing and Availability

Despite the upgraded chip, pricing for the new Apple Watch S9 matches that of its predecessor, at $399 for the 41mm version and $429 for the 45mm version. The price for the cellular versions each cost $100 more. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 maintains the same price as its predecessor at $799. Consumers can trade-in their current smartwatch for up to $380 off through the Apple website.

*This section of the blog will be updated as major carriers and retailers announce their promotions.

Will the Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 end the company’s Watch slump?

Apple’s smartwatch shipments have been in a slump. Since 2022, record levels of inflation caused consumers in North America and Western Europe to hold off on non-essential purchases, including smartwatches. This hurt Apple Watch sales, which were down 10% in Q2 2023 with YoY declines for three straight quarters. Due to this, Apple has lost share in the global smartwatch market. Although macroeconomic conditions continue to impact consumers as they spend more on things like rent, mortgages, loan repayments, the updated chip in the Apple Watch S9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 gives consumers a legitimate reason to upgrade from their Apple Watch S7 or earlier device. However, despite the upgraded hardware and new features, consumers’ budgets may be too strapped to make the upgrade. Therefore, promotions may play the deciding role in the success of Apple’s new devices.

China Smartwatch Shipments Rise 5% YoY in Q2 2023

  • China’s smartwatch shipments rose 5% YoY in Q2 2023 to mark the market’s gradual recovery.
  • Huawei remained the best-selling brand with a 39% market share.
  • imoo (BBK) surpassed Apple to rank second in market share.
  • The $500 price band’s share increased significantly, while the ≤$50 price band’s share decreased significantly.

Beijing, New Delhi, Seoul, Hong Kong, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego – August 30, 2023

Marking a gradual recovery in Q2 2023, China’s smartwatch shipments increased 5% YoY, according to Counterpoint Research’s latest Global Smartwatch Model Tracker.

Senior Analyst Shenghao Bai said, “The YoY rise in Q2 came on a low base of the same period last year. At the same time, the holiday travel in Q2 and the 618 e-commerce festival also boosted consumer demand for smartwatches. The market has recovered slightly better than we had predicted.”

Source: Counterpoint’s Global Smartwatch Model Tracker

Note: Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Market summary

Huawei recorded a 58% YoY growth, maintaining its good reputation among consumers. The newly launched Huawei Watch 4 and Huawei Watch 4 Pro series models were popular with consumers, while old models such as the Huawei Watch GT 3 series still sold well. Another newly launched model, the Huawei Watch Ultimate, contributed to the brand’s performance in the ultra-premium segment.

imoo (BBK) benefited from the demand in the first full back-to-school quarter after the pandemic lockdown was lifted in China. Its multiple offline retail stores also contributed to the brand’s growth.

Apple recorded a 15% YoY decrease in Q2 2023. Although the Apple Watch Series 8 was the best-selling model family in China during the quarter, its shipments decreased 25% compared to that of its predecessor Apple Watch Series 7 in Q2 2022. With new product launches expected in Q3 2023, Apple is likely to increase its market share in the quarter.

Xiaomi recorded a decrease of 15% YoY but an increase of 7% QoQ. The brand still took the biggest share in the ≤$50 segment. Waning consumer interest in entry-level products contributed to the decline in Xiaomi’s market share.

OPPO achieved a 28% YoY increase in Q2 2023. Promotions during the 618 e-commerce festival helped the OPPO Watch 3 and OPPO Watch 3 Pro’s sales.  

Source: Counterpoint’s Global Smartwatch Model Tracker

Note: The price refers to the wholesale price

In terms of wholesale price bands, the ≤$50 band’s share significantly dropped compared to the same period last year. This price band’s share has been recording YoY drops in the past several quarters. On the other hand, the ≥$500 segment’s share rose significantly to 11% from almost negligible in Q2 2022.

Research Analyst Alicia Gong said, “The entry-level products with simple features are not as popular with consumers as they once were. A growing number of consumers are gravitating toward smarter devices with more health monitoring, sports tracking and guidance functions. Since the Apple Watch Ultra’s release last year, the share of premium segments has been growing. The promotions during the 618 e-commerce festival also contributed to these segments’ growth.”

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Global Smartwatch Shipments See YoY Growth After Two Quarters

  • In Q2 2023, global smartwatch shipments increased 11% YoY after declining for two successive quarters.
  • For the first time in two years, Huawei took the second spot, fueled by a 58% YoY surge in domestic shipments.
  • India’s market recorded a remarkable 70% YoY growth, whereas North America saw a 9% decline.

Seoul, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego – August 29, 2023

Global smartwatch shipments increased 11% YoY in Q2 2023 after declining in both Q4 2022 and Q1 2023, according to Counterpoint Research’s recently published Global Smartwatch Model Tracker. India’s shipments soared by 70% YoY, serving as the primary driver for the global market’s rebound. China’s market also recorded a modest increase. Besides, a shift in the competitive landscape was evident as Huawei ascended to the second position in terms of global market share.

Research Analyst Woojin Son said, “Huawei recorded impressive growth in Q2 2023, securing the second position in quarterly shipments for the first time in two years. The leading Chinese brand’s growth stagnated for some time due to technological sanctions and a slowdown in its domestic market. Although the Chinese market’s recovery remained lukewarm, Huawei aggressively pushed new flagship products such as the Watch 4 series into the market in Q2, achieving its highest quarterly shipments after 2020. Huawei seems to be determined to bounce back in the market. It remains to be seen whether this momentum can be effectively expanded to other sectors, such as smartphones.”

Global Top 3 Smartwatch Brands’ Shipment Share, Q2 2023 vs Q2 2022

Smartwatch Brands’ Shipment Share

Source: Counterpoint Global Smartwatch Model Shipment & Revenue Tracker, Q2 2023

Market summary

  • Apple saw a 10% YoY decline in its Q2 2023 shipments. This decline pushed its Q2 shipments to below 8 million units for the first time in three years. Consequently, Apple’s market share fell to 22% from 27% in Q2 2022.
  • Huawei made big strides by increasing its domestic market share to 39% following a surge of 58% in shipments. This achievement propelled the brand to the second spot in the global smartwatch market share rankings. Another significant change was observed in the premium segment, especially in the >$500 band. Huawei’s products in the >$500 band in China expanded their share in the band to 52% in Q2 2023, a remarkable leap from the brand’s near-absence from the band in the same quarter of 2022.
  • Indian brands Noise and Fire-Boltt emerged as major contenders, boasting 86% and 70% YoY growth, respectively. Within Noise’s offerings, products priced under $50 constituted a significant 98% of total shipments. Noise’s Colorfit Icon series managed to carve out a substantial 28% share of the total shipments. Fire-Boltt also made strides in expanding its market share by capitalizing on cost-effective smartwatches.
  • Samsung witnessed a 19% YoY decline in Q2 2023. The brand managed to boost shipments in the Chinese and Indian markets. Samsung’s performance in North America and Europe, its pivotal markets, recorded 24% and 13% YoY declines, respectively.

Smartwatch Shipment Share by Region, Q2 2023 vs Q2 2022

Smartwatch Shipment Share by Region

Source: Counterpoint Global Smartwatch Model Shipment & Revenue Tracker, Q2 2023

In terms of regional shipment shares, India’s market stood at 34%, a 12% points surge compared to the year-ago period. In Q2 2023, 88% of India’s smartwatch shipments were dominated by products priced <$50. Leading the charge in this segment were Noise, Fire-Boltt and boAt, collectively contributing to 72% of India’s total shipments.

The Chinese market’s share declined due to the swift expansion of India’s market. However, China’s shipments grew 5% from Q2 2022. In terms of revenue, the share of products priced >$500 surged to around 34% in China.

In North America, there was an 9% YoY reduction in shipments in Q2 2023. However, the revenue saw a rise of around 3% due to the sustained popularity of high-end premium products. Nevertheless, North America’s share in global smartwatch revenues declined, compared to both Q2 2022 and Q2 2021.

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China’s Q1 2023 Smartwatch Shipments Drop to Lowest in 12 Quarters

  • In Q1 2023, China’s smartwatch shipments declined both YoY and QoQ.
  • HLOS* smartwatches’ share increased when compared to that in 2022.
  • Despite its shipments falling 15% YoY, Huawei ranked first in Q1 with more than a quarter of the market share.
  • Apple’s Watch Series 8 was the best-selling model in Q1 even as the brand’s shipments fell 27% YoY. 

Beijing, New Delhi, Seoul, Hong Kong, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego – May 30, 2023

China’s smartwatch market did not fully recover in the first full quarter after the country’s reopening. According to Counterpoint Research’s latest Global Smartwatch Model Tracker, China’s smartwatch shipments declined 28% YoY and 16% QoQ in Q1 2023 to reach their lowest level in 12 quarters.

Senior Analyst Shenghao Bai said, “Although the Spring Festival can boost consumption generally, the demand for smartwatches was still weak in Q1 2023. This was similar to what we saw in China’s smartphone shipments. The market needs more time to recover.”

The top three brands were Huawei, Apple and BBK (imoo). They accounted for nearly 60% of China’s smartwatch market in Q1 2023. Among the types of smartwatches, the HLOS* smartwatch’s shipments saw the smallest YoY drop even as its share increased to 45% from 39% in Q1 2022. Meanwhile, China’s ‘kids smartwatch’ shipments decreased 31% YoY. The country is the world’s biggest kids smartwatch market.

China smartwatch brand's shipments share by device type, Q1 2023
Chart-China-Smartwatch-Q1-2023

Source: Counterpoint’s Global Smartwatch Model Tracker

Note: Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Commenting on the market trends, Research Associate Alicia Gong said, “Despite the overall demand for smartwatches dropping in Q1, the demand share for HLOS smartwatches rose. These are advanced watches offering users more customization and independence. Though BBK (imoo) still dominated the kids smartwatch market with a 35% share, its shipments of the watch remained flat YoY amid a shrinking kids segment.”

Market summary

Huawei was the biggest winner in China’s smartwatch market with a 27% share, thanks to its strategy of having multiple portfolios. Though the brand’s overall shipments dropped 15% YoY, it ranked first in all price bands from $101 to $400. The Huawei Watch GT 3 was the second best-selling model in Q1 2023.

Apple took the second largest share, mainly driven by its Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2022. The two models were the first and third best-selling models in Q1 2023. However, Apple’s shipments decreased 27% YoY due to shrinking demand. Focusing on HLOS smartwatches helped the brand take an 87% share in the above-$400 segments.

BBK (imoo)’s Q1 shipments were generally flat YoY thanks to the back-to-school season. The brand benefited from its multiple-models strategy. Its Z6A series contributed the most to its shipments.

Xiaomi’s shipments saw a 42% YoY drop but a 31% QoQ increase in Q1 2023. The brand ranked first in the <$50 segment.

OPPO was the only one among the main brands to see its shipments increase both YoY and QoQ. The performance was driven by the OPPO Watch 3 and OPPO Watch 3 Pro. OPPO’s market share increased to 4% in Q1.

Qihoo 360 recorded a 35% YoY drop. It had fewer models on sale compared to Q1 2022.

Amazfit has a variety of models in China but lags behind in having popular models. The brand’s shipments declined 34% YoY in Q1 2023.

*HLOS smartwatch: Electronic watch running a high-level OS, such as Watch OS (Apple) or Wear OS (Samsung), with the ability to install third-party apps.

*All the prices mentioned in the article are wholesale prices.

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India Smartwatch Market’s 121% YoY Growth Restricts Global Decline to 1.5% in Q1 2023

  • The global smartwatch market continued to contract in Q1 2023 following an 8% YoY decline in Q4 2022.
  • Fire-Boltt surpassed Samsung for the first time in the global smartwatch market, capturing the second spot.
  • All regions except India witnessed a YoY decline in shipments in Q1 2023.

Seoul, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego – May 25, 2023

Global smartwatch shipments contracted 1.5% YoY in Q1 2023, according to Counterpoint Research’s latest Global Smartwatch Model Tracker. The 121% growth in India’s shipments managed to restrict the decline. This was the second consecutive quarter of a YoY decrease in global shipments, which were hit by the seasonal decline in demand for products from major players like Apple and Samsung, along with consumer sentiment dampened by global financial pressures.

Research Analyst Woojin Son said, “The global smartwatch market, which had been experiencing steep growth for several years, has entered a period of stagnation since the end of last year when it declined 8% YoY in Q4 2022. Amid a global slowdown in demand for tech devices, the smartwatch consumption trend has also undergone a transformation. The market share of high-price and high-performance HLOS smartwatches*, primarily released by Apple and Samsung, decreased from 60% in Q1 2022 to 53% in Q1 2023. On the other hand, the market share of Basic smartwatches* significantly increased from 23% to 34% driven by rapid growth in the Indian market. Although the overall smartwatch shipment volume declined slightly compared to last year, affordable products that offer a certain level of performance generated substantial demand based on their price accessibility. These low-end smartwatches are also absorbing or replacing the existing smartband market.”

 

Global Top 3 Smartwatch Brands’ Shipment Share, Q1 2023 vs Q1 2022

Global Top 3 Smartwatch Brands’ Shipment Share, Q1 2023 vs Q1 2022Source: Counterpoint Global Smartwatch Model Shipment & Revenue Tracker, Q1 2023

Market summary

  • Apple’s shipment volume fell 20% YoY in Q1 2023. This was the first time in three years that its Q1 shipments fell below 10 million units. As a result, Apple’s market share, which was 32% in Q1 2022, dropped to 26%. This can be attributed to the ongoing macroeconomic crisis, which has led to decreased accessibility to relatively higher-priced Apple Watches. Despite the Apple Watch Series 8’s release about a month ahead of its predecessor, it did not achieve the same level of success as the previous model.
  • Indian brand Fire-Boltt surpassed Samsung for the first time and reached the second position in the global market. Its shipments increased by approximately three times compared to the previous year and saw a 57% growth compared to the previous quarter. This reflects the rapid growth of the Indian market, just like other local brands such as Noise and boAt.
  • While Samsung experienced a 15% increase in shipments in its key market North America, it witnessed a decline in shipments in other major markets. As a result, its overall global shipments declined by 15% compared to the previous year and 21% compared to the previous quarter.
  • Huawei, the most influential Chinese OEM, saw a 14% YoY decline in its shipments in the Chinese market, which is a key market for the company. However, Huawei saw increased shipments in India, LATAM and MEA, limiting its overall decline in global shipments to 9%. Huawei has been employing a strategy of relaunching models previously released for the Chinese market in the international market.

 

Smartwatch Shipment Share by Region, Q1 2023 vs Q1 2022

India smartwatch market share

Note: Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Source: Counterpoint Global Smartwatch Model Tracker, Q1 2023

In terms of the regional markets, India surpassed North America, reclaiming its position as the top region with a 27% share of global smartwatch shipments. Senior Analyst Anshika Jain said, “India’s smartwatch market grew 121% YoY in Q1 2023 driven by affordability, rising customer demand and availability of a wide variety of options in the budget segment. Around 40% of the total shipments were driven by the <INR 2,000 (<$25) price band, its highest proportion ever. The share of India-based players crossed 90% for the first time as they were quick in terms of upgrading their portfolios and adapting their products to customer needs at a reasonable price point.”

China’s smartwatch market experienced a significant contraction of 28% compared to the previous year, as the country’s economy showed a slower recovery than expected. This decline represents the sharpest contraction among the major regional markets and the lowest quarterly shipments since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Q1 2020.

*Types of smartwatches:

  • HLOS smartwatch: Electronic watch running a high-level OS, such as Watch OS (Apple) or Wear OS (Samsung), with the ability to install third-party apps.
  • Basic smartwatch: Electronic watch running a lighter version of an OS, with no ability to install third-party apps.

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Global Outsourced Manufacturing Smartwatch Shipments Rose 15% YoY in H2 2022

  • Luxshare was the top outsourced smartwatch manufacturer in H2 2022 as it undertook around 40% of Apple Watch production.
  • In Tier-2, Huaqin ranked first as it produced smartwatches from a variety of brands. Meanwhile, LINWEAR, I DO and Yawell benefitted from the stellar growth of Indian brands.
  • The share of outsourced manufacturing shipments is expected to continue to grow as the global smartwatch market expands.

Beijing, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, San Diego, Buenos Aires, London – May. 2023

Global smartwatch outsourced manufactured shipments increased 15% YoY and accounted for 69% of overall global shipments in H2 2022, according to Counterpoint Research’s latest Global Smartwatch Outsourced Manufacturing Tracker and Report.

Senior Research Analyst Shenghao Bai said, “The YoY increase in outsourced smartwatch shipments in H2 2022 was driven by the strong performance of Indian brands Noise, Fire-Boltt and boAt. The outsourced manufacturers who offered production services for these brands benefited in H2 2022.”

Bai added, “As global smartwatch shipments continue to grow, the contribution of outsourced manufacturing sources has also increased. 69% of global smartwatches were produced by ODM/EMS in H2 2022, compared with 63% in H2 2021.”

Luxshare, Foxconn and COMPAL were the top three outsourced manufacturers in H2 2022. The three players were responsible for half of the global smartwatch outsourced shipments during the period. Luxshare ranked first in H2 2022 as it undertook around 40% of Apple Watch orders. Among Tier-2 players, Huaqin, LINWEAR, I DO and Yawell displayed strong performances in their smartwatch production businesses.

smartwatch outsourced manufacturer H2 2022

Source: Counterpoint Global Smartwatch Outsourced Manufacturing Tracker, H2 2022

Commenting on the performance of the leading players, Senior Research Analyst Ivan Lam said, “The top three manufacturers mainly benefited from Apple Watch orders in H2 2022. Luxshare’s smartwatch shipments were flat compared with that in H2 2021. Foxconn’s shipments in H2 2022 rose due to the orders from Apple, helping the company rank second in terms of shipments. Meanwhile, COMPAL reduced orders from Apple in pursuit of a higher profit margin.”

Lam further added, “In Tier 2, Huaqin’s shipments increased slightly following the company’s partnership with Samsung. Huaqin also continued its cooperation with Huawei, HONOR and OPPO. Manufacturers like LINWEAR, I DO and Yawell increased their shipments by cooperating with multiple brands, especially those from India which mainly focus on the <$50 segment. Yawell received a large share of orders from Noise and Fire-Boltt in Q3 2022.”

ODMs and EMSs have started playing more important roles in the smartwatch industrial chain as the global smartwatch market continues to grow. The share of shipments from outsourced manufacturers is expected to rise to about 70% in 2023 from 68% in 2022 all year. Commenting on the trend, Bai said, “The competition is getting tighter as well. There are increasing requirements for OEMs to be mindful of cost, deliverability and reliability.”

 

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