HMD Global, which holds the rights for Nokia brand name, aims to rank among the top smartphone players in the next 3-5 years in India as it works towards restoring the old glory of the iconic label. Once a dominant player in the Indian market, sometime around 2012, Nokia began to see a downfall in its market share, hurt by its slow response to changing trends like dual SIM, touch screen smartphones. Also Read - Airtel uses Nokia equipment to successfully conduct first 5G trial in Eastern IndiaAlso Read - HMD launches a budget smartphone dubbed Nokia X100: Check price, specs
This was also the time when homegrown firms like Micromax and others like Samsung began to eat into Nokia’s market share, leaving it with under 10 percent share at the end of 2012. The market has changed even more with an influx of Chinese brands like Oppo and Xiaomi that have expanded their presence and captured considerable market share. “In the next 3-5 years, we want to be amongst the top players in the market, there is no question about it,” HMD Global Vice President India Ajey Mehta told . Also Read - Nokia T20 launched starting at Rs 15,499, will go against Realme Pad in India
He added that the company has received a great response to all its devices launched in the market so far. Asked about how the company plans to compete with rivals that are spending millions of dollars on marketing, Mehta said: “We want to build a firm foundation and a sustainable business going forward”. “We will compete on the pillars that we believe Nokia can stand on — brand, pure Android, designer craftsmanship andreal life experiences,” he added. ALSO READ: Nokia 8 first impressions: Comeback of the flagship brand with a flagship phone
India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally. As per International Data Corporation (IDC), 28 million smartphones were shipped to India in the April-June 2017 quarter with Samsung commanding 24 percent market share. The others in the top 5 tally included Xiaomi (17 percent), Vivo (13 percent), Oppo (8 percent) and Lenovo (7 percent). ALSO READ: The Nokia 8 gets the pricing right, but just how right is it?
HMD today launched a new device — Nokia 8 — priced at Rs 36,999 that will be available in India starting October 14. The device will be available across key mobile retail outlets as well as on Amazon.in. It features 5.3-inch display, 4GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory (expandable up to 256 GB), 13MP rear and front camera and 3090 mAh battery.