Top 20 mobile phones in India in February 2016: 91mobiles insights

“Here are the top devices which users searched for in the month of February”

While January kickstarted the year on a strong note for consumers and smartphone makers alike, it seems February is taking things several notches higher. This is apparent from our top 20 list of most-searched phones, which usually include five to six new entrants. But this time, there are as many as 11 new devices in the list. The fresh faces have also resulted in the exit of several known names, so without further ado, let’s take a look at the phones which caught consumer’s attention last month. As always, it must be noted that the list of phones are merely an indication of the consumer’s ever-changing choices and might not reflect their actual sales.

Top 5

Even though there are a number of new entrants, the number one spot has been strongly held by Lenovo’s budget smartphone, the K4 Note (review). Both the second and third positions are taken up by Xiaomi’s recent devices, the Redmi Note 3 32GB (review) and the Mi 5 (first impressions), which is expected to launch in India within a month. Samsung’s Galaxy J7 (first impressions) has fell two places to sit at the fourth spot. Chinese brand LeEco’s debut offering, the Le 1s (review) sits comfortably at the fifth position.

The complete list

Now, let’s check out the phones that have been able to make their presence felt in the Indian market. In the top 20 chart below, we have also mentioned the handset’s change in ranking compared to January, its price segment and the month of launch.

Top 20 mobile phones in India in February 2016

Hits and misses

As mentioned before, there are more than a few debutants in the list, along with some devices which made a comeback, so let’s take a look at them. After that, we will also check out the phones which were ousted from the top 20 list.

New entrants

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 32GB: 2nd position

The Chinese brand Xiaomi became the Apple of everyone’s eyes when it debuted in India in 2014, but with several other brands coming from China, the company failed to stand out as much in 2015. Thankfully though, its latest offering, the Redmi Note 3 32GB starts things on a high note this year. The budget offering is priced attractively and brings premium features such as a metallic body and the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3_13

Xiaomi Mi 5: 3rd position

While the Redmi Note 3 is aimed at the voluminous budget segment, Xiaomi’s Mi 5 is targeted at the affordable flagship genre. It’s potent enough to take the newly-launched premium flagships head on, yet is expected to price in the Rs 25,000 bracket. The Mi 5 features a glamorous look, and is a beast when it comes to performance, thanks to Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 820 processor.

LeEco Le 1s: 5th position

Launched in January, the Le 1s has made a name for itself with its pricing and aggressive marketing. The phone is among the best buys around Rs 12,000 with its loaded spec sheet comprising a 5.5-inch full HD display, MediaTek’s octa-core processor tuned at 2.2GHz, 3 gigs of RAM and 32GB of storage on board. All this comes encased in a beautiful metal body, that also sports a mirror-finished fingerprint scanner at the back.


Lenovo K3 Note: 8th position

The K3 Note (review | FAQs) had a rare feat to its name – being on top in this very list for five months straight in 2015. However, its popularity has gone down with the launch of its successor, but it seems that it’s still a good option under Rs 10,000 and thus made a comeback in this coveted list. The 5.5-incher boasts full HD resolution, an octa-core chipset, 2GB RAM and 13-megapixel and 5MP snappers.

Coolpad Note 3 Lite: 9th position

Coolpad is another Chinese manufacturer that should be given attention to, since with just two of its devices, the brand has created a stir in the sub-Rs 10k segment. In fact, with a price tag of Rs 6,999, the Note 3 Lite (first impressions) is the most affordable smartphone featuring a fingerprint reader and 3GB of RAM.


LeEco Le Max: 11th position

If you can’t choose between getting a phone or a tablet as your next big purchase, then LeEco’s Le Max (first impressions) presents itself as an interesting option, offering the best of both worlds with its gargantuan 6.33-inch display. Priced at Rs 31,999, the phablet leaves nothing to be desired on hardware front as well as it’s equipped with an octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset mated to 4GB of RAM.

Gionee Elife S6: 13th position

Gionee’s S series has been known for its stylish designs, and the Elife S6 is no different. The phone is fitted with a 5.5-inch display, bearing a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. It’s fuelled by a MediaTek MT6753 processor, offering eight cores humming at 1.3GHz, coupled with 3gigs of RAM. The phone is future-ready too with the inclusion of a bidirectional USB-Type C port.

Samsung Galaxy J2_16

Samsung Galaxy J2: 14th position

The Galaxy J2 (first impressions) is the most affordable smartphone from Korean giant’s stable offering the next-gen 4G connectivity. Otherwise, the phone features a decent set of specs, with a 4.7-inch display sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, a a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. For imaging, it has a 5-megapixel primary camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter.

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (3GB RAM): 15th position

From one device in its  ZenFone series to multiple phones focussing on different use cases, ASUS has come a long way in the smartphone industry. The ZenFone 2 Laser (review) is a prime example of that – sporting camera-centric features such as laser autofocus supplementing the 13MP shooter, at an affordable price point of Rs 12,999. The phablet is quite powerful too with a 1.5GHz octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM.

Lenovo Vibe X3_13

Lenovo Vibe X3: 19th position

Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has cemented a leading position in the Indian smartphone market, thanks to its wide range of offerings, priced strategically. The Vibe X3 (first impressions) is among the best options under Rs 20,000 and comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, which is powered by a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 CPU and 3GB RAM. In the camera department, it offers 21-megapixel primary camera and a 8MP front-facing shooter.

Xiaomi Redmi 3: 20th position

Consumers seem to excited about all Xiaomi offerings, including its entry-level smartphones as well. The Redmi 3 comes with a metallic body, and is build around a compact 5-inch display. It utilises a Snapdragon 616 processor supplemented by 2GB of RAM. However, the highlight of the handset is its beefy 4,100mAh battery.

The exits

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Lenovo Vibe P1m
  • Lenovo Vibe P1
  • Motorola Moto X Play
  • ASUS ZenFone Max
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
  • Samsung Z3
  • Micromax Canvas Xpress 2
  • YU Yureka Plus
  • Micromax Canvas Juice 2
  • Gionee Marathon M5

Trend analysis

Xiaomi is back with a bang

With three of its devices among the top 20 mobile phones, Xiaomi seems to have struck a chord again with Indian consumers. What’s more interesting is the fact that two of its offerings are yet to arrive in the country. Of course, Samsung continues to lead the list with six of its phones. Lenovo sits at the second place along with Xiaomi with three devices featured in the list.

No of devices by brands in the top 20 list in February 2016

Consumers are moving up the value chain

While the sub-Rs 10k segment has always been popular with the Indian consumers, it seems that now users are getting comfortable with phones priced between Rs 10,000 and 20,000. There are as many as 10 phones in this segment covered in the list, while the erstwhile popular budget price band had six devices in comparison.

No of devices in different price bands in the top 20 list in February 2016

As always, our top 20 series continues to surprise month after month, so be sure to check out which phones are among the top of user’s consideration next month.

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