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Smartphone shipments rebound to an all-time high in India – TechCrunch

Smartphone shipments reached an all-time excessive in India within the quarter that resulted in September this yr because the world’s second largest handset market remained absolutely open in the course of the interval after preliminary lockdowns as a result of coronavirus, based on a brand new report.

About 50 million smartphones shipped in India in Q3 2020, a brand new quarterly file for the nation the place about 17.3 million smartphone units shipped in Q2 (throughout two-thirds of the interval a lot of the nation was beneath lockdown) and 33.5 million units shipped in Q1 this year, analysis agency Canalys said on Thursday.

Xiaomi, which assumed the No.1 smartphone spot in India in late 2018, continues to take care of its dominance within the nation. It commanded 26.1% of the smartphone market in India, exceeding Samsung’s 20.4%, Vivo’s 17.6%, and Realme’s 17.4%, the advertising analysis agency mentioned.

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However the market, which was severely disrupted by the coronavirus, is ready to see some extra shifts. Analysis agency Counterpoint said final week that Samsung had regained the highest spot in India within the quarter that resulted in September. (Counterpoint plans to share the complete report later this month.)

In line with Counterpoint, Samsung has benefited from its latest aggressive push into on-line gross sales and from the rising anti-China sentiments in India.

The geo-political pressure between India and China has incentivised many shoppers in India to go for native manufacturers or these with headquarters primarily based in U.S. and South Korea. And native smartphone companies, which misplaced the market to Chinese language giants (that command greater than 80% of the market right this moment) 5 years in the past, are planning a come again.

Indian model Micromax, which as soon as dominated the market, mentioned this month that it’s gearing as much as launch a brand new smartphone sub-brand known as “In.” Rahul Sharma, the pinnacle of Micromax, mentioned the corporate is investing $67.9 million within the new smartphone model.

In a video he posted on Twitter final week, Sharma mentioned Chinese language smartphone makers killed the native smartphone manufacturers nevertheless it was now time to struggle again. “Our endeavour is to convey India on the worldwide smartphone map once more with ‘in’ mobiles,” he mentioned in a press release.

India additionally lately approved applications from 16 smartphone and other electronics companies for a $6.65 billion incentives program beneath New Delhi’s federal plan to spice up home smartphone manufacturing over the following 5 years. Foxconn (and two different Apple contract companions), Samsung, Micromax, and Lava (additionally an Indian model) are among the many corporations that shall be permitted to avail the incentives.

Lacking from the record are Chinese language smartphone makers equivalent to Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Realme.

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Manish Singh