“Here are the top devices which users searched for in the month of May”
We’re almost halfway into 2018, and have already seen quite a few interesting trends in the smartphone market in India. The notch display trend is on the up and up, and specs like dual cameras and 18:9 screens are trickling down to lower price points. But irrespective of the number of phones that get launched each month, only a select few manage to make a mark in the consumers’ minds. That’s why we bring you our list of the top 20 mobile phones to reveal which smartphones were the most searched ones on 91mobiles in the month gone by. As usual, it goes without saying that this chart is representative of the popularity of respective handsets, but doesn’t necessarily indicate actual sales. So without further ado, here’s a look at the rankings in the month of May.
The Top 5
Vivo’s V9 (review) continued to maintain its lead in the month of May as well, but it’s the phone on the second spot that surprised us. The Samsung Galaxy J6 was launched last month itself, and has debuted in the coveted list at an enviable position. The J6 has pushed Xiaomi’s loaded mid-ranger, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (review), to third place. The latest flagship from OnePlus – the OnePlus 6 (review) – has jumped 12 spots to reach the fourth position, while the OPPO F7 (review) slipped to the fifth place.
The complete list
It’s not just the table toppers that saw drastic changes in their rankings. The complete list of the top 20 mobile phones has been shuffled, and there are quite a few new names in the mix too. As usual, along with the names of the smartphones, we’ve mentioned the price band, the change in the phones’ positions as compared to the previous month and their price bands.
Hits and misses
With the Galaxy J6 (first impressions), the South Korean behemoth is aiming to bring high-end features from its flagship phones to the affordable segment. In fact, the Galaxy J6 is the most affordable Samsung smartphone with an Infinity Display. The phone is built around a 5.65-inch screen , bearing a resolution of 720 x 1,480 pixels with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The device comes powered by an octa-core Exynos processor, which is paired with 3 gigs of RAM.
The ZenFone Max Pro M1 (review) is the most affordable smartphone that offers Qualcomm’s SD636 chip. Add to it the powerful 5,000mAh battery, dual rear cameras and a 6-inch full HD+ display, and the ASUS smartphone matches the popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro toe-to-toe. The Max Pro M1 is also the first from the Taiwanese brand’s stable to come with the stock iteration of Android.
While Vivo’s under-display fingerprint scanner-toting smartphone – the X21 (review) – is getting all the attention, the brand also has quite a few offerings in the affordable segment in India. The Y71 was launched recently, and brings a bezel-less, 18:9 display which measures 6-inches. Under the hood, the phone is fuelled with the Snapdragon 425 processor, which is supplemented by 3GB RAM.
Just like the J6, the Galaxy A6+(review) also offers an Infinity Display, which measures 6-inch diagonally in this case. Bearing a resolution of 1,080 x 2,220 pixels, the smartphone draws power from the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset, which is clubbed with 4GB of RAM. The device features a pair of snappers at the back, comprising a 16-meg primary shooter and a 5MP depth sensor, along with a high-res 24MP shooter on the fascia.
The P20 Lite (first impressions) is the most affordable offering in the Chinese brand’s flagship P20 series, yet it brings the latest features such as a notch display, a glass sandwich design and a powerful snapper at the front. The smartphone is equipped with Kirin 659 chipset, which is accompanied by 4GB RAM. At the back, the handset offers a dual-camera module with 16-megapixel and 2MP shooter.
In a bid to beef up its online presence, OPPO has launched an exclusive sub-brand dubbed RealMe. The name is a direct reference to a rival phonemaker, and the debut smartphone from the company certainly seems to upend the offerings of the rival brand. The RealMe 1 (review) is the most affordable smartphone in India that utilises the power-efficient Helio P60 chipset. The handset also comes with an interesting design language and is available in multiple variants, with 3GB, 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 32GB, 64GB or 128GB storage options.
While Xiaomi continues to dominate, Samsung slips in popularity
Not just in sales, Xiaomi seems to have found a place in the mind of prospective buyers too. In the month of May, the ‘Apple of China’ had five smartphones listed in the top 20 chart. Other brands like Samsung, Vivo, Nokia and Honor came a distant second with two devices each. It’s quite interesting to see that as many as 12 brands find a place in the list.
Snapdragon-powered smartphones are the most popular
While it’s not really a surprise, it’s still worth noting how well the San Diego-based chipmaker dominates the smartphone market, at least in terms of popularity. More than half of the devices among the top 20 phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, with handsets equipped with other chips such as those from MediaTek, Samsung’s Exynos, Huawei’s Kirin and Apple’s A series trailing behind.
It’d be quite interesting to see if the month of June holds any surprises for us, so stay tuned for the next edition of the top 20 mobile phones.
Graphics by Neeraj Rana