India Smartphone Market Declines by 10%: IDC

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, India smartphone market shipped 64 million units in 1H23 with a decline of 10% YoY (year-over-year). In 2Q23 the market grew by 10% over the previous quarter but declined by 3% YoY with 34 million units. The vendors and channels focused on clearing the inventory by offering discounts, special schemes, and price drops before the start of the festive season in the second half of the year.

After several quarters of growth, the ASP (average selling price) declined by 8% QoQ but grew by 13% YoY, reaching US$241 in 2Q23. The share of the sub-US$200 segment declined to 65% from 70% a year ago, a dip of 11% YoY. The mid-range segment (US$200<US$400) remained flat with a 22% share, while the mid-to-high-end segment (US$400<US600) with a 5% share, grew by 34% YoY in 2Q23. The premium segment (US$600+) grew the highest, up 75% YoY reaching 9% share.

“Consumers are opting for premium offerings, driven by easy and affordable financing options. IDC expects this growth momentum to continue in the upcoming months in 2023,” said Upasana Joshi, Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India.

17 million 5G smartphones shipped with an ASP of US$366 in 2Q23, down 3% YoY. Samsung, vivo and OnePlus were the leaders in the 5G segment with a combined share of 54%. Apple’s iPhone 13 and OnePlus’ Nord CE3 Lite were the highest shipped 5G models in 2Q23.

Overall shipments to the online channel dropped by 15% YoY, while the offline channel grew by 11%, reaching a 54% share. Relatively lower shipment for the online-heavy players such as Xiaomi and realme intensified this drop.

Apple, with the highest ASP of US$929, registered a massive 61% YoY growth. OnePlus too registered a healthy growth of 61%, although its ASP dropped by 14% YoY to US$346. POCO with its very affordable C series models registered the highest growth amongst the top ten brands. vivo (excluding iQOO) emerged as the market leader as it drove its growth for its V series models, closely followed by Samsung which focused on the growth of its higher-end portfolio as well.

“In the upcoming festive season, the brands will try to spur consumer demand with affordable 5G launches, pre-booking offers, and loyalty/upgrade programs clubbed with festive discounts. The market requires strong double-digit growth in the next few months to see annual growth in 2023, which looks unlikely as of now," says Navkendar Singh, AVP – Devices Research, IDC.

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