India Smartphone market records 1.5% YoY growth in 1Q20: IDC
“The online channel grew by 9.0% YoY in 1Q20 due to multiple new launches, attractive discounts, cashback offers, and affordability schemes registering a share of 43.1%. On the other hand, offline channel shipments declined by 3.5% YoY, owing to fewer consumer offers, fewer retail walk-ins, and a more aggressive portfolio available on e-Tailer platforms across leading brands,” says Upasana Joshi, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India.
With a 5.5% YoY growth, the ASP for the smartphone market stood at US$171. The sub-US$200 segment continued to dominate, accounting for 76.2% of the market. The mid-range segment of US$200<300 grew 87.4% with its share doubling to 18.2% in 1Q20, mainly due to the Samsung Galaxy A51, vivo S1 pro/S1, and Redmi Note 8 Pro. The mid-premium segment of US$300<500 with a share of 3.8% declined YoY by (-33.8%); Samsung shipments still witnessed multifold growth with its newly launched Galaxy A71, Galaxy S10 Lite, and Galaxy Note 10 Lite, followed by the realme X2 Pro/X50 Pro and OnePlus 7T. In the premium (US$500+) segment, Apple continued to dominate with a market share of 62.7%, followed by Samsung and OnePlus. The US$700<1000 segment registered a high growth as well, as shipments doubled YoY, with the iPhone 11 accounting for 68% of shipments in this price segment.
The feature phone segment, which still accounted for 41.2% of the overall mobile phone market in India, continued to decline YoY by (-29.4%) with shipments of 22.8 million units in 1Q20. Xiaomi continued to lead in the overall mobile phone market for the second consecutive quarter with a market share of 18.3%, followed closely by Samsung and vivo.
Top 5 Smartphone Vendor Highlights
Xiaomi shipments grew by a modest 3.4% YoY, registering total shipments of 10.1 million in 1Q20. The Redmi Note 8/8/Note 8 Pro/8A series was the highest shipped model nationally, accounting for 22.3% share. Xiaomi maintained its dominance in the online channel with a market share of 45.8% and also surpassed OPPO for the second slot in the offline channel with 20.1% share in 1Q20.
vivo was in second place with strong YoY growth of 63.3% in 1Q20, fueled by its affordable Y series and S1/Pro series. Further, vivo continued to lead the offline channel for two straight quarters with a 29.8% share in 1Q20, owing to attractive channel partner schemes, timely price corrections, and heavy investments in marketing activities.
Samsung at the third position registered its lowest ever shipments in the past five years, declining by (-28.4%) YoY in 1Q20. The newly launched Galaxy A51 and M31 were the highest shipped models. But low traction for the offline-exclusive Galaxy A series led to high channel inventory for older models from previous quarters. Online-exclusive models like the Galaxy M31 and M30s were at a slightly higher price, leading to low retail shipments. Its shipments in the sub-US$200 segment dropped significantly too, indicating a shift from the low-end segment to the mid/high segment. However, the newly-launched Galaxy S20/Ultra series had modest demand in its opening quarter.
realme surpassed OPPO for the fourth position in 1Q20, as its shipments grew multifold with several new launches across price segments. The realme 5i, 5s, C2/C3,6 were the top models, accounting for more than 70% of shipments. realme also became the first brand to launch a 5G device, X50 Pro, in India.
OPPO slipped to the fifth position in 1Q20, but with a YoY growth of 41.0%. The affordable A series continued to account for a majority of its shipments. The newly launched F15 and Reno 3 Pro had middling demand owing to the availability of better-priced models by competitors.
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