Xiaomi Beats Samsung To Become The Top-Selling Smartphone Brand In India

Xiaomi beats Samsung to become India's top smartphone maker with 27% market share: Canalys

Xiaomi beats Samsung to become India's top smartphone maker with 27% market share: Canalys

If combined, Xiaomi and Samsung now comprise more than 50 percent of the smartphone market in India. Representational image of Redmi Note 4. As of now, Xiaomi has surpassed Samsung to become the largest smartphone manufacturer in India with a market share of 25% in Q4 2017, as noted by Counterpoint Research. A research by Canalys has shown that Xiaomi has turned out to be the highest rated smartphone vendor in the Indian market leaving behind all other including Samsung.

Xiaomi is now the top selling smartphone brand in India.

The Canalys report said Vivo, Oppo and Lenovo rounded out the top five in the sales league table for the last quarter, each enjoying a 6 per cent share.

Canalys data suggests Xiaomi has shipped 8.2 million units in Q4, almost a million more than the 7.3 million Samsung managed in the same period. This includes data for all four quarters. With just under 30 million units delivered in the three months ended in December, Indian smartphone shipments rose 6% in the period. Smartphones managed to capture 44 per cent of the total volumes in 2017, says the firm.

"Xiaomi's persistence has paid off", said Ishan Dutt of Canalys.

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Smartphone maker Xiaomi has finally topped the sales chart in India, ending Samsung's six-year reign in a market increasingly dominated by Chinese firms. This is its Q4 2017 smartphone report, but it doesn't talk specifics about OEMs. Samsung has refuted the Q4 sales figures, stating that shipments don't correlate to market share and that it is still the number one smartphone brand "by a distance". "While Jiophone saw healthy sell-in during the quarter but we believe the operator exited the quarter with some inventory which could affect the share in coming quarters", added Pathak.

Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi Corp plans to invest $1 billion in 100 Indian. Counterpoint Research also reported similar numbers with Xiaomi capturing 25 percent of the market share and Samsung holding on to 23 percent.

Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone company, has been knocked off the top spot in India's red-hot market. Samsung is in the process of revamping its low-priced phones and will fight to take back the number one status.

"The competitive landscape has changed significantly in the past year, with the rise of brands such as Xiaomi, OPPO, VIVO in the smartphone segment and players such as Reliance Jio, Nokia HMD and iTel in the feature phone segment - all able to disrupt the market with high-quality and attractively-priced offerings". More importantly, Samsung is India's "Most Trusted" brand.

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