Xiaomi ties up with Samsung to dominate Indian smartphone market: IDC

IDC on Tuesday said that the Beijing headquartered company had caught up with Samsung in the rankings, with both having 23.5% share of India's smartphone market, followed by Lenovo-Motorola combine at 9%, Vivo with 8.5% and Oppo, with 7.9% share of the shipments in the quarter ended September.

The smartphone shipments in India reached a record high of 39 million units in the third quarter this year, with a substantial growth of 40 per cent from the previous quarter and a healthy 21 per cent growth from the same period last year. Its shipments to grew 83 percent over the previous quarter and now enjoys market share of 9%. The duo marks the debut of a new smartphone series by the company.

If you're in the market specifically looking for a selfie-centric phone and you're on a tight budget, the Redmi Y1 is the one and only option you have right now. It has questionable build quality, a lackluster display, a disappointing rear camera, and just about borderline good battery life. It will be launching 3 models with same full-screen design, mainly the Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus, and the Redmi Note 5.

IDC attributes the rise in smartphone shipments to the pre-festive season sales and attractive deals on smartphones offered by Amazon, Flipkart and other online stores. Xiaomi's phenomenal record of four million units sold between 20th Sep to 19th Oct, combined with the unparalleled success of Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A, has contributed considerably to the company's rapid growth as stated by the company in its press statement.

The Redmi Note 4 hit India back in January this year, making this an appropriate time for a cut. The 3GB RAM version was until now priced at Rs 10,999 while the 4GB RAM version was priced at Rs 12,999. Flipkart took this decision after seeing the huge response from buyers when it had launched Redmi Note 4 and Mi A1 earlier this year.

As mentioned above that Redmi Note 4 smartphone gets a price cut of Rs.1000. It is offered in 32GB and 64GB internal storage variants and is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.

Even the Mi Max 2 received got a price slash of Rs 1,000 recently.

If you're someone who's looking for an all-rounded phone that gets nearly everything right, the 3GB RAM, 32GB storage version - that costs Rs 9,999 now - is quite the steal.

In terms of specifications, Redmi Y1 Lite has a 5.5-inch HD display powered with a battery of 3080 mAh.

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