India smartphone market grows 8 percent in Q1, premium segment captures 20 percent share of volume

According to a Counterpoint report, the domestic market witnessed a significant shift towards the premium segment in Q1 with 5G smartphone shipments capturing d highest-ever share of 71 percent.

By  Storyboard18May 10, 2024 4:05 PM
India smartphone market grows 8 percent in Q1, premium segment captures 20 percent share of volume
The smartphone shipments in the quarter grew 18 percent in terms of value, in the domestic market. (Representative Image: Rodion Kutsaiev via Unsplash)

The domestic smartphone market grew 8 percent YoY (year-on-year) in Q1 2024 in terms of volume, with a significant shift towards the premium segment, according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Monthly India Smartphone Tracker. For the first time premium smartphones captured a 20 percent share in terms of volume and a 51 percent share of the overall market value. The trend reflects a growing consumer preference for high-end devices (priced at Rs 30,000 and above).

The firm noted that more than one-third of mid-tier consumers are willing to upgrade to the premium segment. Factors driving this trend include affordable financing schemes, better value for trade-ins, and bundled schemes, along with the demand for top-tier features such as AI, gaming, and imaging enhancements.

Overall, the smartphone shipments in the quarter grew 18 percent in terms of value, in the domestic market. While the volume growth of 8 percent was primarily driven by healthy inventory levels and the low base of Q1 2023, value growth was driven by the ongoing premiumisation trend and new launches during the quarter, such as the Samsung Galaxy S24 and OnePlus 12 series.

Samsung led the chart with 25 percent volume share and 23 percent in terms of value, closely followed by iPhone maker Apple with 19 percent volume and 22 percent share in value terms. At $425, Samsung’s ASP was its highest ever, driven by its leading position in the less than Rs 20,000 segment. This can be attributed to a stronger mix of its newly launched Galaxy S24 series due to its features such as GenAI, and the newly revamped A series, along with the increasing popularity of Samsung’s financing schemes. Apple, on the other hand, also had a record quarter in India in terms of value, leading the premium segment both in value and volume terms, driven by the latest iPhone 15 series, especially in offline channels. During the quarter, vivo also captured one of the top spots by volume for the first time ever, with a 19 percent share driven by its 5G leadership and CMF (Color, Material, Finish) positioning, along with strong imaging capabilities.

“The onset of 2024 brought a promising start for OEMs, with better inventory levels allowing them to fill channels with multiple new launches. However, sales were less than expected due to a drop in retail footfalls and a section of consumers cutting down on discretionary spending,” said Research Analyst, Shubham Singh. Going forward, the firm expects the India’s smartphone market to grow in single digits in 2024, driven by strong premiumisation, 5G adoption and post-COVID upgrades.

First Published on May 10, 2024 4:05 PM

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