Mobile handset shipment this year is estimated to touch 265 million this year with feature phones forming about 59% of the overall market, research firm CMR has said. According to the CMR report, of the total shipment, 116 million are estimated to be smartphones. Also Read - Why smartphones must be classified as an essential product during COVID-19 lockdownsAlso Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needy
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About 78.4 million handsets were shipped during the third quarter of 2016 while for nine months ended September, the total shipment was 197.5 million, it added.
“In line with previous insights from CMR, the third quarter of 2016 for mobile handset industry in India ended with a strong reaffirmation of the fact that it would take a longer than expected time for India to become a smartphone-only market,” it said. Feature phones still form about 59% of the overall market and can’t be wiped off anytime soon, it added.
“There is a mismatch between the technology road map and the user priorities. While the ecosystem is working on to make data services more affordable, accessible and meaningful for the subscribers, the majority is still looking for reliable voice communication,” CMR Principal Analyst (Telecoms) Faisal Kawoosa said. ALSO READ: Sub-Rs 1,500 feature phones with Reliance Jio 4G service coming soon: Report
He added that this is forcing even a future-ready network like Jio to work on innovative models of launching voice-over LTE-enabled 4G feature phones to tap the voice potential. As per the report, Samsung led the overall mobile handset industry (24.5% share) as well as feature phone and smartphone categories with similar market shares. ALOS READ: Smartphone shipments in India to overtake feature phones in 2016: CMR
It was followed by Lava (9.7%) and Intex (9.3%), respectively. In the smartphone category, Lenovo was the second-largest player with 10.4% share, followed by Micromax (7.5%). As for feature phones, Lava and Intex had 12.3% and 11% share, respectively. Interestingly, 66% of the phones shipped in the third quarter were Made in India.