Indian mobile handsets shipments are set to reach 265 million by the year end, of which 116 million will be smartphones, a new report revealed on Monday. According to market research firm CyberMedia Research’s (CMR) “India Monthly Mobile Handset Market Review” report for third quarter of 2016, India shipped 197.5 million mobile handsets by the end of September 2016, of which 78.4 million were alone shipped during the third quarter. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Long-term Review
“All these years, smartphone makers have been focusing on making the handsets affordable for more and more hands-on experience,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Principal Analyst, Telecoms, CMR. Sixty-six percent of the phones in third quarter were “Made in India”. Over 98 percent of the smartphones were using Google’s Android OS with more than 25 percent came preloaded with Android Marshmallow operating system.
“Every second 4G smartphone shipped during third quarter of this year, using third party chipset solution had a Qualcomm chipset. Sixty-six percent of the smartphones shipped were phablets,” the report added. Nearly 64 percent of the smartphones were quad-core, while 29 percent had a processor with clock rate of 1.3 GHz. ALOS READ: Smartphone shipments in India grew 23 percent in Q3 2016: Counterpoint Research