Q1 2024 India Smartphone Market Report: Volume Surges 8%, Value Jumps 18%; vivo Tops Volume, Samsung Reigns in Value

Q1 2024 India Smartphone Market Report Volume Surges 8%, Value Jumps 18%; vivo Tops Volume, Samsung Reigns in Value - Tech News - Updates - Before You Take
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Counterpoint’s Monthly India Smartphone Tracker reports a notable surge in India’s smartphone shipments during Q1 2024. The market witnessed an impressive 8% year-on-year (YoY) growth in volume and an 18% YoY growth in value, indicating robust expansion and consumer demand in the smartphone segment.

 

 

 

 

 

Factors Driving Growth

The volume growth can be attributed to healthy inventory levels and a favorable comparison to the low base of Q1 2023. On the other hand, the surge in value is fueled by the trend of premiumization, with the introduction of new flagship models like the Samsung Galaxy S24 and the OnePlus 12 series contributing significantly.

 

India Smartphone Market Value Share, Q1 2024

 

India Smartphone Market Volume Share, Q1 2024

 

 

Expansion of the Premium Segment

One of the key highlights is the expansion of the premium segment, comprising smartphones priced above INR 30,000. This segment reached its highest-ever volume share of 20%, contributing a substantial 51% to the total market value in Q1 2024.

 

Insights from Senior Research Analyst

Shilpi Jain, Senior Research Analyst at Counterpoint, notes that India’s smartphone market achieved its highest-ever Q1 value during the quarter. This growth is propelled by consumers’ inclination towards higher-value smartphones across different price tiers. Factors such as affordable financing, trade-in offers, bundled schemes, and the demand for advanced features like AI, gaming, and enhanced imaging have further fueled this trend.

 

Brand Performances

In terms of market share, Samsung leads the pack with a one-fourth share of the market value. The brand’s average selling price (ASP) hit a record high of around $425, driven by its strong presence in the >INR 20,000 segment. Apple also had a remarkable quarter, dominating both the value and volume aspects of the premium segment, mainly due to the latest iPhone 15 series.

 

Fastest-Growing Brands

Several brands experienced rapid growth during Q1 2024:

 

Nothing witnessed an astounding 144% YoY growth, attributed to its mid-segment model Nothing (2a).

 

Motorola saw a 58% YoY increase in shipments, driven by demand for better CMF and stock Android experience.

 

Xiaomi secured the second spot with a 28% YoY growth, focusing on a streamlined portfolio and proactive offline strategies.

 

Transsion brands grew by 20% YoY, enhancing offline presence and offering premium features in the affordable segment.

 

Realme achieved an 18% YoY growth, capitalizing on its latest number series targeting young age groups with superior camera capabilities and premium design.

 

Key Trends and Predictions

Counterpoint predicts single-digit growth for India’s smartphone market in 2024, driven by factors like premiumization, 5G adoption, and post-COVID upgrades. In Q1 2024:

 

5G smartphone shipments accounted for a record 71% share.

 

MediaTek led the chipset market with a 53% share, while Qualcomm dominated the premium segment with 35%.

 

Offline channels captured 64% of the market share, marking a significant post-COVID quarterly figure.

 

vivo emerged as the top brand by volume for the first time, capturing a 19% share driven by its 5G leadership and strong imaging capabilities.

 

Market Dynamics and Strategies

Shubham Singh, Research Analyst, highlighted the promising start for OEMs in 2024, with improved inventory levels facilitating multiple new launches. However, sales fell short of expectations due to reduced retail footfalls and consumer spending. Key OEMs diversified their channel strategies, resulting in shipment growth in offline channels.

 

Concluding Thoughts

India’s smartphone market continues to evolve dynamically, with premiumization, 5G integration, and post-pandemic upgrades shaping its trajectory. Counterpoint’s comprehensive analysis provides valuable insights into market trends, brand performances, and emerging consumer preferences, guiding industry stakeholders and enthusiasts alike in navigating the dynamic landscape of the Indian smartphone ecosystem.

 

Source @ counterpointresearch

 

 

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