Xiaomi leads as the Indian smartphone market ended 2020 with nearly 145 million units shipped compared to 148 million smartphones shipped in 2019, according to a new Canalys report. The slight 2% drop was due to coronavirus-induced lockdowns at the start of the year, but the second half more than recovered for the loss, with the third quarter resulting in heavy shipments. The pandemic has caused people to start working online and taking online courses, which has prompted people to buy smartphones. Xiaomi remained at the top of the table with 28% market share and 40.7 million units shipped in 2020.
Canalys says Chinese vendors like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo saw little impact due to the Indochinese political headwind and that they collectively contributed around 77% of total shipments in 2020, up from 72% in 2019. So As Xiaomi takes the top spot, its year-over-year shipments are said to have seen a 5% annual drop. However, Xiaomi still has a significant lead over Samsung which comes in second after shipping 28.6 million units in 2020, gaining 20% of the market share.
Vivo comes third with 26.9 million units shipped, which represents 19% of the market share, according to the Canalys report. Realme has seen the greatest growth with 19.5 million units shipped and 13% market share achieved in 2020. The company has experienced 24% annual growth, according to Canalys. This is similar to what Counterpoint reported just a day ago, with Realme recording the highest growth in 2020. Oppo has seen 8% annual growth with 17.3 million shipments and 12% share of market in 2020.
In the last quarter of 2020, smartphone shipments to India amounted to 43.9 million units, a growth of 13%, according to Canalys. Xiaomi shipped 12 million units and captured 27% of the market share in the last quarter. Samsung finished second with 9.2 million shipments, increasing its market share from 20% in the third quarter to 21% in the fourth quarter. Vivo remained in third place in India, shipping 7.7 million smartphones to the country.
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