Samsung dominates Indian flagship sales during Q1 2018, OnePlus follows in second

Samsung dominates Indian flagship sales during Q1 2018, OnePlus follows in second
Samsung is once again number one in the Indian flagship smartphone segment. Despite recently losing its Indian crown to Xiaomi, Samsung is still the flagship king in the Asian market, accounting for a whopping 50% of all smartphone sales in the country during Q1 2018.

The company’s premium shipments were led heavily by its most recent flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. These devices accounted for a total of 29% of all high-end sales during the period ending March 31, with the smaller variant equating for a 12% market share and the Plus-sized model proving to be the more popular of the two with 17%. Also in high demand was the South Korean company’s recently-launched Galaxy A8+ which is available as an online exclusive.

Following on from Samsung, in second place, was OnePlus. The popular brand relied solely on OnePlus 5T sales during the quarter and the company’s focus on a single device appears to have paid off – the device became the best-selling smartphone throughout the period, capturing an incredible 25% of the market for the Chinese brand. Rounding off the top-three was also Apple, who managed to capture a 20% share thanks to the popularity of older iPhone models and the relatively new iPhone 8 and X devices.

Overall, Samsung, OnePlus, and Apple were able to capture 95% of all premium smartphone sales during the three-month period. Nevertheless, the flagship segment is still in its early stages, with overall sales accounting for just 4% of all Indian smartphone sales at this point in time. Despite this, however, the trio of brands could face tough competition from Huawei and Nokia going forward, as well as number-one manufacturer Xiaomi.


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22 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Here in India... Apple = trademark of fake people 5T > S9+ >>> combined sales 8,8+and X. I am sure that P20/P20 pro will easily surpass latest 8,8+and X here in India. (Huawei has no flagship in Indian market from last 1.5-2 years).

3. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Samsung's flagship count actually counts s8, s8+, note 7,s9,s9+ = 5 phones. OnePlus =5t = 1 phone only. Apple = iPhone 8,8 plus, X = 3 phones. OnePlus 5T is the true winner followed by note 7 and iPhone X originally.

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

1. Note 7 was never launched in India. 2. S9/S9+ accounts (12+17) 29% of total high-end sales vs 20% of Apple's 5 phones ( 7,7+, 8,8+, X ) 3. If you include all Samsung high-end than samaung has 50% of total high-end sales. But in 20% Apple's sales most of them are 7/7+. Yes, OnePlus 5T is true winner followed by S9+ and S9. iPhone X is the Biggest Loser in Indian flagship market.

11. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Sorry Note 8, Btw iphone X is actually a third position Due to some show off people who wants a phone only to show there status and don't even knew anything else in the phone. Actually Google pixel series is really struggling in India to make any impact, I think that's why they want to launch a midrange pixel phone in India.

15. NateDiaz

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Lmao you're the most ignorant person one would ever meet, someone spending 1000 dollars on a phone doesn't know anything about that?

16. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Actually most of the general phone buying public knows sod all about the specs of a phone no matter what it costs. Ask most people about SoC's, NAND, DRAM etc and they will stare at you as though your mad. All they want is thier preffered brand's latest model and that shiney logo on it.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Literally all of those “specs” you listed are better on the iPhone anyway (the A11 is the best CPU out, and Apple uses the best memory in their phones) so what does it matter? If by your own criteria, is the iPhone X not up to snuff? If so... how? And please, please don’t tell me “customization”. Most people don’t care about icon packs or widgets, that’s just factual.

22. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Ohh yes iPhones are wonderful. I personally like them for there:- Dual sim and SD card support?? Bigger battery?? More opened ecosystem in os?? Multitasking??

18. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I remember one customer praising iphone x who uses only apple(according to her) Her points are 1. Now its almost all screen 2. Now the fingerprint is not there, you can unlock with face(like its something revolutionary) I'm happy fo her because iphone makes her happy! but many people buy iphone because its iphone

19. NateDiaz

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Money's everything, your country where average phone price is $157 can't expect everyone to have an iPhone X. They got money they're gonna spend wherever they want, you shouldn't be much worried that.

21. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Look dude, here in India, there are many buyers who buy iPhones because they like its os, processing power, optimization, camera looks etc., but there are also many buyers who don't even knew anything in iPhones like there display type, processor, os, camera etc. They only buys it because it is the most expensive phone. So, they think it should be a great phone and also a good opportunity to show off.

8. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

most of the iphone sold here in India seems to be iphone 7

12. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Yes, iphone 7 may be the most selling iphone currently in india.

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Single OnePlus 5T crushed all the iCraps combined. Ha ha ha ....ha ha

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You need a life.

9. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

So do you...

5. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Wow. Even after not being that much of incremental update over S8/S8+ the S9/S9+ are really selling well. That’s great for Samsung.

7. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

iphone and pixel does not have a dual sim version...that will effect their sales more than they know...(at least here in India and China) I really like pixel 2 xl ...but i will never buy single sim phone in a sea of dual sim phones. Data is cheap. You can get three months unlimited call and data at just $7. I don't understand why apple and google didn't want to release dual sim.phones. It not like its gonna hurt their sales.

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