Original device maker Topwise Communication, which is the latest player from China to have entered the Indian market, aims to sell about one million units of its ‘Comio’ branded smartphones by March 2018. Comio, which will compete with the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi and Micromax in India, has unveiled three new devices priced between Rs 6,000-10,000. Also Read - OnePlus India partners American Express for cashback deals, EMI offers and moreAlso Read - India bans 43 more Chinese apps over security concerns
“We have launched three devices, which are aimed at different users with propositions like style, power, and economy. We hope to sell about a million devices by the end of the fiscal,” Comio CEO Sanjay Kumar Kalirona told PTI.
He added that the devices would be available only through offline retail stores. “We will be available across 15,000 retail points. Initially, the focus is on north and western parts of the country but by January-March quarter, we will have a pan-India presence,” he said.
Kalirona pointed that the company is positioning its devices in the Rs 6,000-10,000 range that constitutes about 35 percent of the Indian market and is growing at a strong pace. “We would want to be the category leaders in this segment. At any given point in time, we will have about six devices in the market,” he said. ALSO READ: Comio C1, S1, P1 smartphones launched in India, prices start from Rs 5,999
India is one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets. Driven by increasing data consumption and falling data prices, a huge number of feature phone users are also migrating to smartphones and seeking affordable devices. Players like Samsung, Micromax, Xiaomi and Lava have a number of smartphones in their portfolios, especially in the affordable segment. According to research firm IDC, 28 million smartphones were shipped in India in the April-June quarter of 2017. Samsung led the market with 24 percent share, while Xiaomi and Vivo had 17 percent and 13 percent share, respectively.
Oppo had 8 percent, while Lenovo had 7 percent share in the said quarter. Kalirona said the company is offering facilities like extended warranty, discounts on device upgrade and security features to woo customers in the hyper-competitive Indian market. Previously, the company has said it intends to invest Rs 500 crore over the next two years and capture 5 percent market share in three years of operations in India. ALSO READ: Voto Mobiles to enter Indian market, eyes 1.5 lakh unit sales in the first month
Kalirona said the company remains committed to its plans of setting up a manufacturing base in India. He added that the firm would also be open to set up servers in India to comply with regulatory norms. The government has recently sent notices to as many as 21 handsets and other communication device makers, a majority being Chinese, to provide the framework and procedures followed for data security in the wake of rising incidents of cyber crime.
Founded in June 2005, TopWise Communication is one of the biggest original design manufacturers (ODMs) in China. It used to make products for many Indian handset makers, including Micromax.