At an event in India today, where Lenovo-owned Motorola launched the new Moto G5 Plus, the company also revealed that that Moto G has been its best selling smartphone ever . Motorola claims that ever since the first Moto G was launched in 2013, the company has managed to sell about 6 million G series handsets, till date. The G-series includes the Moto G, Moto G (2nd generation), Moto G3, Moto G Play, Moto G Turbo, Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and now the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Additionally, Motorola mobility India MD Sudhin Mathur announced that from ranking 31 in 2013 in India, the company has managed to move up to number 2 in the country. Also Read - Motorola Defy 2021 rugged phone with 48MP camera, IP68 rating announcedAlso Read - Motorola Edge 2021 series to get 108-megapixel main camera as standard
Motorola had made a grand comeback in the Indian market with the Moto G first generation in 2013. With unique strategy of online-exclusive sale and offering premium-smartphone like experience at an affordable price, Motorola started a new trend in the Indian smartphone market. Motorola was soon followed by China’s Xiaomi, which also adopted the same strategy but with much more competitive prices and high-spec smartphones. Lenovo-Motorola and Xiaomi have been in a close contest for the number two spot in the Indian smartphone for past few quarters. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
While Motorola had a successful stint with Moto G-series in last three years, Xiaomi has also tasted success and never hesitated in showing off the big number for its sales. Just yesterday, Xiaomi announced that it managed to sell the fastest million units of the Redmi Note 4 in just 45 days, since its first went on sale on January 23, 2017. And last year, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 broke records for being the most shipped smartphone sold online in a given quarter, according to IDC. RELATED: The Lenovo-Motorola dual brand strategy in India is here to stay: Sudhin Mathur
Even though migration from feature phones to smartphones has slowed of late, India is still one of the largest and fastest growing smartphone markets in the world. According to a recent data by Counterpoint Research, the smartphone user base in India crossed the 300 million mark owing to the strong rise in shipments, which indicated that shipments grew in India by 18 percent annually in 2016 even as the global smartphone market showed a damp growth at just three percent.
Contrary to the number two position that Motorola claims in India, according to the Counterpoint report, Samsung continued to lead the Indian smartphone market throughout the year at 25 percent market share, followed by Micromax, Lenovo (including Motorola), Intex, and Reliance Jio. In Q4 2016, Chinese brands accounted for 46 per cent rankings of the total smartphone market alone. Brands such as Vivo, Oppo, Lenovo and Xiaomi dominated the Indian smartphone market especially during the Holiday season. Although another Canalys report said that Lenovo ranked second in the third quarter of 2016, followed by Micromax and Xiaomi. ALSO READ: Inside Motorola India: The untold story of bringing Moto back to India
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