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Shipments of 5G smartphones increased by 163% in India, with Samsung and Vivo dominating the market

A research by Cyber Media Research found that in the April-June quarter, 5G shipments in India surged 163% year over year, with Samsung leading the sector with a 28% market share, followed by Vivo with 15%.

Q2 2022 saw a 7 per cent increase in the number of 5G-capable handsets sold in India, according to CyberMedia Research or CMR’s ‘India Mobile Handset Market’ research.

According to Menka Kumari, an analyst with CMR’s Industry Intelligence Group, “5G smartphone sales will see increased impetus with the conclusion of 5G auctions and projected roll-out of 5G services in India soon.”

Overall smartphone shipments in the Rs 7,000 to Rs 24,999 range climbed by 12 percent, while 5G smartphone sales surged by more than 160%.

Premium smartphones, defined as those costing between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000, and super-premium smartphones, defined as those costing above Rs 50,000, rose by 80 percent and 96%, respectively, according to the research.

Shipments of cellphones that priced less than Rs 7,000 fell 61% year-on-year.

However, when we combine handsets with 4G and 5G capabilities as well as look at the whole smartphone industry, things assume a different form.

Even though Xiaomi’s sales volume decreased by 22% in the April-June 2022 period, the Chinese smartphone maker still dominated the Indian smartphone market.

Xiaomi remained at the top of the market with a 20 percent share, followed by Samsung with an 18 percent share of the total sales. Samsung was followed by Realme (16%), Vivo (15%), and Oppo (10%) in terms of market share.

Contrary to popular belief, despite recent crackdowns in India, most of China’s main smartphone brands, with the exception of the world’s top brand, had solid growth in the third quarter of 2013.

Apple had a solid 78% market share in the super-premium sector. During the quarter, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series accounted for the bulk of iPhone sales.

Amit Sharma, an analyst at CMR, expects supply-side bottlenecks to ease in the run-up to the holiday season in H2 2022.