Research firm IDC said on Friday that shipments of the smartphone market in India rose 17 per cent to 5.43 million units in the September quarter, while markets such as China and the US have seen a year-on-year decline. IDC said in its report that although India’s smartphone market is expected to decline slightly this year on an annual basis after achieving annual growth for many years. According to the report, this will be due to the impact of the challenges faced in the first six months of the year.
China and America fall
IDC said that only India achieved growth in the top three markets of smartphones, while both China and the US saw a year-on-year decline during the July-September 2020 quarter. During this period, a record 5.43 crore units were shipped, which showed a growth of 17 percent on an annual basis. The report said that it increased due to increased demand and stocking before the festive sale.
According to the report, the highest shipments in the September quarter were from Xiaomi with a 25 per cent share, followed by Samsung (22.3 per cent), Vivo (16.7 per cent), Realme (14.7 per cent) and Oppo (11.3 per cent).
Shipment of feature phones decreased
In the September quarter, there has been a total shipment of 25 million feature phones, a 30 per cent decline on an annual basis. The IDC said that as a result, shipments of the total mobile phone market have fallen 4 per cent on an annual basis, of which feature phones account for 31 per cent.
Research Director (Client Devices & IPDS) at IDC India said that the good growth in smartphone shipments in the September quarter is expected to continue throughout October and early November, even during the festive season. He further said that, however, the expected increase in the projected two numbers for the year 2020 cannot be fulfilled as the first half of the year has been challenging.