A total of 9.3 million smartphones were shipped in India in the month of October 2015, according to a new report from International Data Corporation (IDC). A large chunk of these smartphones were 4G enabled from companies like Lenovo, Samsung and others.
The report said that this is first time 4G enabled smartphones have surpassed 3G handsets in sale in October 2015. Samsung’s On5 and On7, Lenovo’s Vibe P1, Oneplus 2, Apple’s iPhone 6s are few of the many new models that incrementally contributed to the online volume in October 2015.
“With 25.9 percent month-on-month growth, 4G based smartphone accounted for more than half of smartphones shipped in October. This gain is mainly at the expense of 3G enabled handsets as vendors are replacing their existing models with 4G based smartphones,”
said Kiran Kumar, Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India.
Lenovo, Xiaomi and Vivo together grew 18 per cent month-over-month in October. More than half of Xiaomi’s smartphones shipped in India were locally manufactured and with Redmi Note Prime too joining local production line up. The research firm said that traction of 4G based smartphones will only grow further as Reliance Jio’s 4G based phones are expected to hit the market by end of CY 2015.