The Chinese products expansion and domination game is growing stronger in the Indian market, with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei claiming that they passed Apple in global sales volume in December 2016.
According to CMR’s India Quarterly Mobile Handset Market Review, 1Q’ CY 2017, Chinese smartphones dominate Indian market. The revenues of Chinese vendors grew 180% in 1Q’ CY 2017 compared to the same quarter last year
Allen Wang, director, Product Center at Huawei India Consumer Business Group said, “This can’t be done over a period of time, and is not sustainable. We respect Oppo and Vivo. (But) India offers big volume, hence, we want to ensure that our pricing is affordable and reasonable. Huawei is aiming to tap customers looking to upgrade smartphones"
“In the Q1, we saw more than 100 per cent jump in our smartphone sales in India. We hope to continue that momentum,” he added.
A report by Gartner revealed that Samsung’s market share is slowly decreasing since 2014 when it had 24.4% units by sales of vendor share to 2016 when it dropped to 17.3% share. On the other hand, Chinese make Xiaomi, a Canalys report said continued to grow in Q1 2017 accounting for 14% of shipments in the quarter, up from 3% a year ago, as it closed in on four million units.
Huawei’s online brand Honor will introduce the Honor 8 Pro in India in the first week of July as well. Honor 8 Pro was launched in China as the V9 earlier this year. Apart from Huawei, Xiaomi recently opened its first ever ‘Mi Home store’ in India.