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

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

The year 2016 seems to continue the momentum we witnessed in the Indian smartphone market last year. A lot of phones have launched in the first month of the year across different price segments, suggesting that the coming months might offer even more action. However, in the end, it all boils down to the phones which grabbed the consumer’s attention and that’s what we find out every month with our top 20 series. Let’s see which smartphones visitors to 91mobiles searched for in January.

Top 5

The Lenovo K4 Note seems to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor successfully. It was the first major launch of the year, and what’s even more impressive is that it’s debuting at the first position. Lenovo’s budget offering has displaced the Samsung Galaxy J7 (first impressions) to the second spot, while both the Galaxy On7 (review in pictures) and Micromax Canvas 5 (review) held on to their third and fourth slots for dear life. Coolpad’s budget phablet, the Note 3 (review) jumped up one spot to sit at the fifth place.

The complete list

Similar to the top five devices, the entire list of most-searched 20 phones doesn’t throw many surprises, with quite a few of them being able to sustain their popularity. Along with the name of the smartphone, we have also mentioned its change in ranking in comparison to December, price range and the month of launch.

Top 20 mobile phones in India in January 2016

Hits and misses

While there isn’t a radical change among the table-toppers, there are quite a few new entrants, so let’s take a closer look at them along with the ones that were ousted from the top 20 list.

Lenovo K4 Note: 1st position

The K3 Note (review | FAQs) made the record of holding the first spot for five months straight, and its successor also made a record by debuting in the list at the top spot. The K4 Note (first impressions) is a loaded budget offering and comes with a refreshed design language. Its key features include a 5.5-inch full HD display, a 1.3GHz octa-core processor, 3-gigs of RAM, a pair of 13MP/5MP snappers and 3,300mAh battery, but what makes it even more exciting are its multimedia features such as Dolby-certified speakers and compatibility with the AntVR headset to provide an immersive movie-like experience.


ASUS ZenFone Max: 14th position

After having a range of options in its ZenFone lineup, the Taiwanese brand is now focussing on niche features such as battery and camera. The ZenFone Max (first impressions) is aimed at offering a long-lasting battery life thanks to its 5,000mAh embedded unit. Unlike other battery-centric phones however, ASUS has ensured that the Max sports decent hardware too, thanks to a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 2GB RAM.

Samsung Galaxy A8: 15th position

Samsung’s Galaxy A8 (review) offers a flagship experience, without burning a hole in the pocket. Priced around Rs 30,000, the phablet comes with a 5.5-inch display bearing full HD resolution. It’s equipped with an octa-core processor mated to a 2GB RAM, and also offers a fingerprint scanner.


YU Yureka Plus: 18th position

The Yureka Plus (review) is an upgraded version of YU’s debut device, the Yureka. Keeping the same price tag as its progenitor, the smartphone offers a full HD display and also boasts durability. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor complemented by 2GB of RAM.

Micromax Canvas Juice 2: 19th position

The Canvas Juice 2 is also a battery-centric smartphone and comes fuelled with 3,000mAh battery. The 5-inch phone comes powered by MediaTek’s quad-core CPU running at 1.3GHz, which is paired with 2GB of RAM. Priced around Rs 6,000, the phone flaunts an 8-megapixel sensor at the back and a 2MP front shooter.


Gionee Marathon M5: 20th position

It surely seems that battery life is an important area of concern for consumers, as the Marathon M5 (first impressions) is also one such phone that comes with a huge battery. In fact, with a capacity of 6,020mAh, the M5 currently holds the record of having the beefiest battery among the lot. The device falls into the phablet segment with its 5.5-inch display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset with 3GB of RAM.

The exits

  • Lenovo K3 Note
  • OnePlus 2
  • OnePlus X
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
  • YU Yutopia

Trend analysis

Xiaomi and OnePlus fall behind in popularity

Xiaomi had a great debut in the Indian market with the Mi 3 (review | FAQs) back in 2014, however it seems that the Apple of China has been unable to sustain its popularity ever since. Of course, it’s upcoming Mi 5 is already buzzing on the interwebs and Indian consumers are also looking forward to the Redmi Note 3 Pro, however as of now there’s not even a single device from the company present among the top 20 devices. OnePlus’ trio of offerings too, didn’t find any place in the list.

Samsung seems to have found its way back into the consumer’s mind with its well-priced budget options, followed by Micromax and Lenovo with three devices each.

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

To go on and on

Good battery life seems to be the flavour of the season, as not just the fresh faces, a lot of smartphones among top 20 come with huge batteries. In fact, 50 percent of phones in the list feature a battery capacity of 3,000mAh or more, and the interesting thing is that such devices span various price segments.

If the first month of the year is any indicator, 2016 is going to be one hell of a ride for the Indian smartphone market. Stay tuned to 91mobiles to be on top of all the buzz.

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One of the earliest members of the 91mobiles' editorial team, Nitansh is a walking encyclopaedia of product specs. Name a phone and he’ll tell you the specifics on screen resolution, processor and camera without blinking an eyelid. Ask him if he remembers the launch date of a noteworthy phone, and he'll tell you the dates when the device first leaked, its global unveil, its Indian launch, and when it got a significant update. He’s a lover of all things Android, and loves writing reviews and scouting for new apps. A Wordpress whiz, he’s always ready to help out a fellow writer. While he juggles between many things at 91mobiles, he always manages to find time to write. In his non-tech avatar, Nitansh is a philatelist, which is a fancy word for stamp-collector.