Realme Fastest Growing Smartphone Brand in India: IDC Report

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  • Feature phones segment continued its decline with 32.4 million-unit shipments
  • BBK’s Oppo, Realme, Oneplus and Vivo registered good growth

According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, India smartphone market saw highest ever second quarter shipment of 36.9 million in 2Q19, with a 9.9 per cent year-on-year (YoY) and 14.8 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) growth. A total of 69.3 million mobile phones were shipped to India in 2Q19, which was up 7.6 per cent over the previous quarter.

“Despite the efforts towards multi-channel retailing by almost all vendors, the online channel continued its growth momentum fueled by multiple new launches, attractive offers and affordability schemes like EMIs/cashbacks. This resulted in YoY growth of 12.4 per cent for the online channel with an overall share of 36.8 per cent in 2Q19,” says Upasana Joshi, associate research manager, Client Devices, IDC India.

US$ 200 to 300 fastest growing segment

Offline channel registered an 8.5 per cent YoY growth driven by the new launches in Samsung Galaxy A series, marketing activities by Vivo during IPL (Indian cricket league) and Xiaomi’s growing multi-channel distribution.

The overall market ASP stood at US$159 in 2Q19 with 78% of the market below US$200 price segment. However, the fastest growing segment was US$200-300 with 105.2 per cent YoY growth. This was mainly due to the demand from customers looking to upgrade, additionally fueled by China-based brands which are bringing innovations and flagship like design language at mid-price segments.

Joshi further adds, “US$400-$600 was the second-fastest-growing segment with 16.3% YoY growth in 2Q19. OnePlus led this segment with a 63.6% share at the back of newly launched OnePlus 7 series. In the premium (US$500+) segment, Apple bettered Samsung for the leadership position with an overall share of 41.2 per cent in 2Q19 as the iPhone XR demand saw an uplift after the price drop and aided by heavy promotional activities.

The feature phone market continued its decline with 32.4 million-unit shipments, registering a drop of 26.3 per cent YoY in 2Q19. This was due to lower shipments of 4G-enabled feature phones with 40.3 per cent YoY decline in 2Q19. The 2G feature phone segment also declined as challenges remain for Indian brands along with small players facing heat owing to duty hikes on imports.

Top five players

Xiaomi saw its shipment volume grow by 4.8 per cent YoY in 2Q19 with Redmi 6A and Redmi Note 7 Pro as the highest shipped models in the overall market. Xiaomi also maintained its dominance in the online channel with a market share of 46.5%, along with growing footprint in the offline channel which accounted for 39.5 per cent of Xiaomi shipments in 2Q19

Samsung registered a strong 16.6% YoY growth in 2Q19 fueled by newly launched Galaxy A series across low and mid-price segments. Galaxy A10 and A2 Core were amongst the top 5 models overall for the market. The vendor was also offering attractive channel schemes to clear the stocks of Galaxy J series. Galaxy M series (exclusive online till the end of 2Q19) saw price reductions which helped retain the 13.5% market share in the online channel in 2Q19 for Samsung.

Vivo saw a strong YoY growth of 31.6 per cent in 2Q19. Its affordable model Y91 featured in the top 5 model lists nationally. vivo also launched its first exclusive online model “Z1 Pro” priced aggressively in US$200-300 segment.

Oppo had a strong quarter with YoY growth of 41.0%, because of affordable A series – A3s and newly launched A1K and A5s. Online channel accounted for 19.1 per cent for the vendor-driven by online exclusive model “K1”.

realme saw multifold growth YoY in 2Q19, driven by newly launched model C2 and 3/3Pro series. The vendor was second in the online channel with 16.5 pr cent market share in 2Q19, along with ongoing efforts for expansion in the offline channel which accounted for 21.0 per cent of its shipments in 2Q19.

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