Popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has once again managed to grab the top spot in the Indian smartphone market, according to market research firms Counterpoint Research and Canalys. Both firms claim Xiaomi held the No.1 spot in the Indian smartphone market during the first quarter of 2018.
Xiaomi: Redmi Note 5 Series, 5, 5A Sales Made it India’s No.1 Smartphone Vendor in Q1 2018
According to information released by Counterpoint Research, Xiaomi captured 31.1% of the Indian market during the January – March period this year, while Singapore-based Canalys claims Xiaomi held a market share of a little over 31%. It should be noted that Xiaomi has actually managed to grab the highest ever market share by a smartphone maker since Q1 2014 when Samsung held 33% of the Indian smartphone market. Speaking of Samsung, Counterpoint Research claims Samsung managed to retain the No.2 spot in India with a market share of 26.2% in Q1 2018. Canalys, on the other hand, believes Samsung achieved a 25% market share during the same period. In terms of shipment numbers, Xiaomi reportedly shipped over nine million smartphones while Samsung shipped around 7.5 million smartphones. At the third spot was OPPO with 2.8 million smartphone shipments, while the fourth spot was occupied by Vivo with 2.1 million shipments. Rounding off the top five was Honor, with a growth rate of 146%.
Xiaomi’s new Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones have reportedly achieved phenomenal success in the Indian market. Out of the 9 million smartphones shipped by Xiaomi in Q1 2018, a whopping 3.5 million units were the Redmi 5A. Samsung’s highest-selling smartphone was the Galaxy J7 Nxt with 1.5 million shipments. However, Samsung still remains the market leader in the premium segment, with OnePlus occupying the No.2 spot.
Redmi 5: Price in India, Specifications
Launched in India last month, the Redmi 5 starts at Rs.7,999 for the 2GB RAM variant with 16GB of internal storage. The 3GB RAM variant with 32GB of onboard storage is priced at Rs.7,999, while the 4GB RAM variant with 64GB of internal storage is priced at Rs.10,999. The smartphone features a similar design to the Redmi Note 5 but sports a smaller 5.7-inch sized display with HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz with an Adreno 506 GPU. The smartphone comes equipped with a 12MP primary camera with Full HD video recording and a 5MP selfie snapper on the front with an LED flash. Other key features include a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3300mAh battery.
Redmi 5A: Price in India, Specifications
The Redmi 5A was launched in India in November last year at an introductory price of Rs.4,999 for the 2GB RAM variant with 16GB of internal storage. However, the 2GB RAM variant now costs Rs.5,999 as the Redmi 5A crossed the 5 million sales milestone last month. The 3GB RAM variant with 32GB of onboard storage is priced at Rs.6,999. Xiaomi Redmi 5A features a 5-inch IPS display with 720p HD resolution and runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz. At the rear is a 13MP primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture and Full HD video recording. For selfies, the handset includes a 5MP resolution snapper on the front, coupled with an f/2.0 aperture lens. Keeping the lights on is a 3000mAh capacity non-removable battery.
Redmi Note 5: Price in India, Specifications
The Redmi Note 5 was launched in India in February this year, alongside the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It succeeds the Redmi Note 4 from last year, which emerged as the most popular smartphone in the Indian market in 2017. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 starts at Rs.9,999 for the 3GB RAM variant with 32GB of onboard storage. The 4GB RAM variant with 64GB of internal storage, on the other hand, is priced at Rs.11,999. Xiaomi’s budget offering features a large 5.99-inch IPS display with Full HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it runs on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset clocked at 2 GHz with an Adreno 506 GPU. On the imaging front, the Redmi Note 5 include a 12MP rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens and a 5MP selfie camera with a Selfie Light on the front. The Redmi Note 5 also includes a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, an IR blaster, and a 4000mAh battery.