Indian smartphone shipments down for third consecutive quarter: Canalys

Indian smartphone shipments were down 5% in the second quarter of 2022 (Q2 2022) compared to the first quarter of the year (Q1 2022), according to research firm Canalys. A total of 36.4 million smartphones were shipped to India in the second quarter of this year. This is the third consecutive quarter of declining shipments in India for the smartphone market. Among the recorded data, Xiaomi maintained its first position by shipping 7 million units, while Samsung and Realme took second and third place with 6.7 and 6.1 million shipments respectively.

According to Canalys research report, smartphone shipments in India in the second quarter of this year decreased by 5% compared to the first quarter of this year. The smartphone market recorded around 36.4 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2022. However, the report also mentions that the comparison of Indian smartphone shipments year-on-year looks very positive and increased by 12%. The reason for this may be low shipments in the second quarter of 2021 due to the second wave of COVID, according to the report.

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Xiaomi, including the Poco sub-brand, maintained its leading position with 7 million smartphone units shipped, accounting for 19% market share. It was followed by Samsung with almost 6.7 million units shipped with 18% market share. Realme managed to stay in third place with 6.1 million smartphone shipments with a 17% market share.

Meanwhile, Vivo and Oppo took the fourth and fifth positions with 6 and 5.5 million units shipped respectively. Vivo captured 16% market share, while Oppo retained 15% share in the second quarter of 2022, according to the report.

Other smartphone makers sold 5.1 million units, taking the remaining 14% market share.

Oppo and Vivo have remained relevant in the Indian market with the launch of their new K10 model and T1 series. Meanwhile, Apple, which is now using India’s PLI program to manufacture the iPhone 13 locally, can withstand future aggressive pricing.

The report also states that the main reason for the drop in demand during this quarter was the high levels of inflation which changed consumer habits and demand for smartphones. Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo were also coming under scrutiny amid tax evasion and money laundering investigations in India.


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