India registers 3x growth in 4G smartphones, Samsung leads the market: IDC

According to latest numbers from IDC, one of the trusted data analytics firms, the smartphone market jumped 21.4 percent in Q3 2015 with a major push towards availability of 4G smartphones and services. Shipments of 4G LTE-enabled smartphones have jumped three times in the third quarter of the year.

In India, around 28.3 million units of smartphones were shipped in Q3 2015 when compared to 26.5 percent in Q2 2015 and 23.3 million units in Q3 2014. Almost 33 percent of smartphones sold in India during the last quarter were 4G LTE enabled. Samsung is still an indisputable king of the 4G smartphone market in India, thanks to devices like the Galaxy J2 and the Galaxy Grand Prime 4G.

Samsung captured 24 percent share of the smartphone market in India, while Micromax, Intex, Lenovo Group (Lenovo and Motorola combined), and Lava had a market share of 16,7 percent, 10.8 percent, 9.5 percent, and 4.7 percent respectively. The overall mobile phone (feature phone and smartphone combined) market grew 2 percent from 72.4 percent to 73.8 percent. The market of feature phones declined from 49.1 million units in Q3 2014 to 45.6 million units in Q3 2015.

Almost one out of every two smartphones sold, had 5-inch plus displays. Most of the popular models in the market today support 4G, have a large screen, and are attractively priced at less than $200.

– Jaipal Singh, IDC Market Analyst – Client Devices.

According to IDC, Samsung stood at the number one position in the Indian mobile phone market with a share of 21.6 percent. Intex with its 11.8 percent market share managed to topple Micromax, which has a market share of 11.6 percent. However, Micromax rubbished IDC’s numbers claiming that they are indeed the second largest mobile phone brand in India. IDC expects that smartphones will outstrip feature phones in India in 2016.

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November 24, 2015 10:46 am 10:46 AM

I doubt this report. Anybody can guess Mi Redmi 1s/2s has been sold more than Galaxy J2. And i dont see Redmi even mentioned.

November 24, 2015 2:46 pm 2:46 PM

Agree. More than 8 friends of mine own one or two Xiaomi phone including me.

November 24, 2015 8:16 am 8:16 AM

Some two or three times I read news in TOI that Samsung is in loss in Smartphone beznes. Brands like Micromax, Lava, Karbonn and Xiomi takes over Samsung’s market share. Then how come IDC says Samsung is number 1.
Second I saw, every dealer stocks handset other then Samsung, its indicate popularity of other brands.

Colonel Zaysen
November 24, 2015 2:00 am 2:00 AM
Samsung sells it’s smart phones only by exploiting the ignorance of it’s buyers @ physical stores. Any person who has exposure to the Internet & can compare phones of different brands and features can tell Samsung Galaxy Phones are hugely over priced under featured. SS is making a cool profit of at least Rs 2000 on each model priced <10,000 in India. On Amazon India Samsung Galaxy Core 2[2014 Model] with outdated specs 768 mb Ram is selling for Rs 6500/-. Even for phones priced <10,000 it does not offer a Gorilla Glass as Standard or bundle a screen protector… Read more »
November 24, 2015 7:57 am 7:57 AM

you right .. Peoples visits gallery sometimes don’t know abt which model to be selected .. so at end peoples buys it what shopkeeper suggest it .. That’s a pretty reason behind SS makes huge profit even though Macromax, Xiomi. sells millions Phones in a months .. Nokia 1280 True good phone with better battery life … Nokia still good in heart of peoples who will forgot abt N Series ?? Those phones are can’t go out of mind !!! it was classic ever ever

Madhan Kumar
November 25, 2015 2:45 am 2:45 AM

Yep I too love Nokia for extreme build quality!