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67% of 9.3M Indian Smartphone Shipments In Q2 2013 Are Sub-$200 Phones: IDC

Around 67% of 9.3 million smartphone shipments in Q2 2013 were sub-$200 smartphones, according to a report by IDC. The report says that smartphone shipments in India grew by more than 50% quarter on quarter (QoQ) from 6.1 million units in Q1 2013. Strangely, it also mentions that the shipments tripled year on year (YoY) from 3.5 million units in Q2 2012, although the accurate rate of growth seems to be 166%, as per our calculations. Note that IDC calculates sales of mobile handsets by tracking the number of handsets that leave the factory premises for OEM sales or stocking by distributors and retailers. For imported handsets it’s the number of handsets that leaves the first warehouse to OEMs, distributors and retailers. It does not account for handsets brought in by individuals into the country or the grey market and MediaNama is not in a position to verify the accuracy of the findings. However, this does tie in with Canalys's report earlier this month, which had suggested that around 9 million smartphone shipments had been shipped in Q2 2013, registering a 129% growth rate YoY. Feature phone market declining but still accounts for 85% of shipments: The total mobile phone shipments increased by 4% QoQ and 21% YoY in the country. The feature phone market is declining but still accounts for 85% of the mobile phone market in the country. Samsung and Nokia apparently still dominate the Indian market but their market share are steadily declining due to intense competition from local handset makers like Micromax, Karbonn, Lava,…

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