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Indian smartphone market up 8%, 5G smartphones account for over 70% of shipments

Indian smartphone market up 8%, 5G smartphones account for over 70% of shipments
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  • The Indian smartphone market has reported an 8% year-on-year growth in Q1 2024.
  • Vivo has emerged as the top smartphone maker in the country for the first time.
  • Over 70% of the smartphones sold in the country in Q1 2024 were 5G enabled.
The Indian smartphone market reported good growth during Q1 2024, marking a good start to the year for smartphone makers. There was an 8% increase in smartphone shipments in India in Q1 2024.

According to a report by Counterpoint Research, the growth was driven by healthy inventory volumes and the low base in Q1 2023. Another reason for the boost in shipments was the premiumisation trend among customers, with the launch of the Galaxy S24 series and the OnePlus 12.

Vivo springs a surprise, takes the top spot

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has emerged as the top smartphone maker in terms of market share, for the first time ever. The company reported a market share of 19.2% in Q1 2024, up from 17.5% in Q1 2023.

According to analysts, the company’s 5G offerings and focus on aspects such as colour, material and finish and focus on the device’s cameras helped the company reach the top spot.

Company

Q1 2024

Q1 2023

Vivo

19.20%

17.50%

Xiaomi

18.80%

15.80%

Samsung

17.50%

20.30%

Oppo

10.10%

12%

Realme

9.90%

9.10%


Source: Counterpoint Research

Xiaomi climbs a spot

Xiaomi reported good growth in shipments in Q1 2024, with a 28% year-on-year growth in shipments. The company’s market share increased from 15.8% in Q1 2023 to 18.8% in Q1 2024. The company was able to take the second spot in shipments due to a leaner and streamlined product portfolio and aggressive selling in the offline market.

Samsung reports a decline

Samsung, which was at the top spot in Q1 2023 has been pushed down to the third spot. The company’s market share declined from 20.3% in Q1 2023 to 17.5% in Q1 2024.

Oppo and Realme retain their spots

Oppo and Realme retained the fourth and fifth spot respectively, despite a decline in Oppo’s shipments.

Oppo’s market share declined from 12% in Q1 2023 to 10.1% in Q1 2024.

On the other hand, Realme reported an 18% year-on-year growth to increase its market share from 9.1% in Q1 2023 to 9.9% in Q1 2024. This was fueled by the Realme 12 series, which focuses on the design and camera capabilities.

Nothing and Motorola report good growth in shipments

Carl Pei-led Nothing reported the highest year-on-year growth in shipments at 144%, led by the popularity of the Nothing Phone (2a), the company’s latest affordable smartphone.

Similarly, Motorola reported a growth of 58% year-on-year in Q1 2024 with customers focusing on smartphones offering good design and a near-stock Android experience.

Samsung reports its best-ever ASP, leads the market in terms of value

Company

Q1 2024

Q1 2023

Samsung

25%

23%

Apple

19%

22%

Vivo

18%

14%

Xiaomi

10%

9%

Oppo

8%

9%


Source: Counterpoint Research

While Samsung has been relegated to the third spot, the company grabbed the top spot in terms of market value share, meaning it received the most money. This was driven by the company recording its best-ever average selling price (ASP) in India at $425 (approx. ₹35,500).

The increase in its ASP was due to the Galaxy S24 series and the company’s offerings in the Galaxy A series, which helped the company lead the above ₹20,000 segment.

Samsung’s share in market value increased from 23% in Q1 2023 to 25% in Q1 2024.

While Apple was not part of the top 5 companies in terms of market share, it is in the second position in terms of market value due to its premium offerings. The company’s market value share in Q1 2024 is 19%, down from 22% in Q1 2023.

5G shipments on the rise, offline market the preferred choice

The share of 5G smartphones in mobile shipments is at an all-time high in Q1 2024, with 71% of the smartphones shipped being 5G smartphones.

Despite e-commerce portals like Amazon and Flipkart hosting sales and offering bank discounts, offline markets continue to rule the Indian smartphone market, recording their highest post-Covid share. In Q1 2024, offline markets contributed to 64% of smartphone shipments.

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