Xiaomi pips Samsung, Apple: it is top 4G handset vendor in India now
Within a very short time Chinaâ€™s smartphone maker has become a sort of threat to all top smartphone makers in India. And to be true the companyâ€™s main victim is going to be none other Samsung. The Korean tech giant has bad memories of how it has been beaten by Xiaomi in the Chinese market.
Latest data suggest that Xiaomi has beaten Samsung and Apple in terms of market share to become Indiaâ€™s top 4G handset seller in January this year, CyberMedia Research said today. Earlier this month, the market research firm had said that the iPhone maker emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country in October-December 2014.
Xiaomi is certainly going to beat many more companies in India in the days to come. As per the latest CyberMedia Research (CMR) data, Xiaomi leads the 4G LTE device market with 30.8 per cent market share in January followed by Apple (23.8 per cent), Samsung (12.1 per cent), HTC (10 per cent) and Micromax (8.3 per cent). In October-December 2014 quarter, over one million 4G devices, including smartphones, tablets and data cards were shipped to the Indian market.
When it comes to market share Apple led with a 45 per cent market share at the end of October-December quarter in 2014, followed by HTC at 19 per cent and Samsung at 16 per cent, it had said. Overall in handsets in January 2015, including feature phones, smartphones, 3G and 4G mobile phones, Samsung led the pack with 17.3 per cent market share followed by Lava (11.9 per cent), Microsoft (10.3 per cent), Micromax (9.7 per cent) and Intex (8.5 per cent), CMR said.
But thus far Samsung is the top smartphone vendor in india. Samsung was also the top smartphone vendor in India with 28.8 per cent market share in January followed by Micromax (12.1 per cent), Intex (9.7 per cent), Lava (9.4 per cent) and Microsoft (4.5 per cent), it added. Overall, feature phones accounted for 66.05 per cent of the handsets shipped in January 2015, followed by smartphones at 33.95 per cent, CMR said.