“Here are the top devices which users searched for in the month of November”
2014 is turning out to be one heck of a year for the smartphone market in India. Even towards the end of the year we are seeing heavyweights like the OnePlus One (review | cheatsheet) and Xiaomi Redmi Note (review | cheatsheet) entering the subcontinent. November also saw some notable launches, including the first Microsoft-branded Windows Phone device, the Lumia 535 (first impressions), Gionee’s slender Elife S5.1 (first impressions), the long-lasting Marathon M3 (first impressions), and Lenovo’s multi-layered Vibe X2 (first impressions | FAQs), amongst many others. While these devices certainly caught our attention, it’s time to see whether they found a place in the consumers’ minds… so let’s take a look at the top 20 smartphones in India in the month of November.
As always, the list is based on the searches by visitors on 91mobiles, and merely reflect their interest in purchasing the particular device, but doesn’t necessarily mean an actual sale.
The top 5
After holding the first spot for the past couple of months, Apple’s latest offering, the iPhone 6 (review | FAQs) has plummeted in popularity and dropped not just one or two, but 11 positions. It has now been replaced by the HTC Desire 820 (first impressions) which rose nine spots to be the first. The second place is also held by a phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (first impressions | FAQs), while the chaebol’s budget smartphone, the Galaxy Core 2 is sitting comfortably at the third position. One of the last phones to carry the Nokia branding, the Lumia 730 (first impressions) has jumped two places to reach the fourth position, whereas Xiaomi’s flagship, the Mi 4 (review | FAQs) dropped two places ending up at the fifth slot.
The complete list
Not just the top five, but the entire list of 20 phones saw various ups and downs. Here’s a look at them, mentioned along with their change in rankings compared to the previous month, their respective price segments and the month in which they were launched in the country.
Hits and misses
The month of November also witnessed the entry of several handsets in our list, in turn resulting in the exit of some devices. Let’s take a closer look.
The numero uno manufacturer is always amongst the first to jump on emerging trends, but this time it seems that Chinese brands beat it to board the selfie bandwagon earlier. But better late than never, as Samsung has introduced a selfie-oriented version of its popular budget phablet, the Galaxy Grand. Called Galaxy Grand Prime, the USP of the device is its 5-megapixel front-facing camera, while other specs include a 5-inch display, 1.2GHz quad-core chipset paired with a gigabyte of RAM.
This comes as a no surprise, considering the amount of buzz the Apple of China has created in India. The Redmi Note is Xiaomi’s third product in the Indian market, and follows its siblings by offering a powerful set of hardware at a ludicrously-cheap price. In fact, there’s no other smartphone in its segment that offer a large-screen experience along with stellar internals like the octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
The Korean brand never misses an opportunity to extend the popularity of its successful offerings, and the Galaxy Core Prime is a result of that. The device has been lingering in Rumourville since quite a while, and has just been unveiled. The Core Prime offers a 4.5-inch display and comes powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor combined with 1GB RAM. For imaging, it comes with 5-megapixel rear camera and 2MP front-facing snapper.
It’s good to see the struggling Taiwanese company getting back on its feet by introducing superb smartphones. Following the success of its mid-range phablet, the Desire 816, HTC has launched a lower-priced variant dubbed Desire 816G. As mentioned in our review, it’s an affordable alternative to its sibling and brings forth the same specs that made the former popular, and changing others to reduce cost.
The following devices slipped in their popularity and lost their positions amongst the top 20 mobile phones.
- Gionee M2
- HTC Desire 816
- Moto E
- Micromax Canvas A1
Samsung getting its act back together
Unlike the past few months, where Samsung was struggling to maintain its popularity compared to trending brands like Xiaomi, this time the company has five devices in the list thanks to its renewed focus in the voluminous budget segment. With so many devices, the brand is leading the popularity charts and is followed by Xiaomi and Nokia. It’s worth highlighting that Xiaomi’s entire smartphone portfolio is amongst the top 20 devices, even though it only sells one device at a time in the country and the Mi 4 is yet to land in India.
Loaded smartphones are now available across all price points
Just an year back, getting hold of a capable smartphone that could flawlessly play intensive games meant that one needed to shell out Rs 10,000 at the very least. Not anymore. The current year has been seeing a rise of new trends , including the inception of budget-performance category. All the 20 smartphones in our list are quite powerful, considering all of them offer a gigabyte of RAM at least. In fact, there are three handset that boast a meaty 3GB of RAM and as many as seven devices come equipped with 2GB of RAM.