Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi holds onto lead in Indian market despite a decline in shipments, continued government scrutiny
- Xiaomi shipped 9.2 million smartphones in the third quarter, down 18 per cent from a year earlier, for a 21 per cent share of the market
- Vivo and Oppo ranked third and fourth in the same quarter in India, behind Samsung, while Realme dropped to fifth place
The company’s devices, according to the report, gained traction from July’s online sales ahead of India’s festival season. “Early Monsoon and Independence Day online sales were great opportunities for vendors to clear inventory before heading into the festive season,” Canalys analyst Sanyam Chaurasia said.
The Canalys report said Oppo was the lone smartphone vendor among the top five to record a positive year-on-year growth, which was 14 per cent in the September quarter.
Overall third-quarter smartphone shipments in India reached 44.6 million units, a 6 per cent decrease from 47.5 million a year ago, dragged down by lacklustre performance in the low-end segment of the market, according to Canalys.
The High Court of Karnataka in southwestern India had rejected Xiaomi’s appeal seeking interim relief from a court order to seize those assets, a move that the Chinese company said had “effectively halted” its local operations.