Top 20 mobile phones in India in November 2015: 91mobiles insights

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

With last month being one of the biggest shopping seasons in India, it’s important to see how the smartphone market was impacted. Amidst all the noise of big-bang launches and price cuts, there were only a few devices that made a lasting impression on consumers’ minds, and that’s what we try to find out in our top 20 mobile phone series. Of course, the list is merely indicative of the popularity of these mobiles on 91mobiles, and not necessarily their sales. Without further ado, let’s find out which phones were most popular in November.

The Top 5

The saying “slow and steady wins the race” seems to be true in the world of the smartphones as well. Samsung’s Galaxy J7 (first impressions) steadily rose to the top spot dethroning the Lenovo K3 Note (review | FAQs) to the second place. The third seating is occupied by J7’s affordable sibling, the J5 (review), while Coolpad’s Note 3 (review | FAQs) leapt six places to sit at the fourth spot. Interestingly enough, Samsung’s J series seems to have struck a chord with consumers, with three offerings from the Korean bellwether among the top five. The Galaxy J2 (first impressions) has managed to make an impressive debut by sitting at the fifth place.

The Complete List

The list of top five mobiles in the month of November serve as an indicator for the top 20 devices as well. There are quite a few ups and downs, along with many fresh faces. Let’s take a look at the entire list, wherein along with the names of the smartphones, we have also mentioned their change in rank, OS, price band and the month of launch in India.


Hits and misses

The new entrants must be applauded for making an entry in the coveted chart, and hence it’s important to take a closer look at them. Since there are new faces in the list, many devices who were shown the exit door, so we’ll check them out too.

New Entrants

Samsung Galaxy J2: 5th position

The Galaxy J2 has made a dream debut by directly finding a spot among the top five smartphones. The budget offering is the most affordable device in Samsung’s portfolio featuring 4G connectivity. It also sports decent configuration with a 1.3GHz Exynos quad-core processor coupled with a gigabyte of RAM.


Samsung Galaxy On7: 6th position

After the success of its J series, the Korean brand has launched another series in the budget segment. The Galaxy On7 (first impressions) is a phablet flaunting a large 5.5-inch display, and comes powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core chipset, which is coupled with 1.5gigs of RAM.

Lenovo Vibe P1: 9th position

The Chinese brand Lenovo is one of the few manufacturers that has a slew of devices that offer an impressive battery life. The Vibe P1 (first impressions) is the latest offering in the same category and is fuelled by a massive 5,000mAh unit. The phone doesn’t skimp on other specs either and is built around a 5.5-inch full HD display, and is equipped with a Snapdragon 615 chipset and 3GB RAM.


Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: 11th position

Sony’s offerings have always stood out in the market for their camera capabilities and rugged body that’s impervious to dust and water. The mid-range Xperia M4 Aqua (first impressions) is no different as it boasts a 13MP primary camera and is IP67 compliant. Built around a 5-inch display, and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor along with 2GB of RAM, the phone is quite loaded as well.

Samsung Z3: 17th position

While Samsung is the numero uno Android smartphone manufacturer, it’s also trying to move away from the ecosystem by developing its own OS called Tizen. The Z3 (first impressions) is its latest smartphone that’s powered by its in-house platform, and seems to be an attractive proposition at the price point of around Rs 8,000.


Lenovo Vibe P1m: 18th position

Battery life is an important concern for users, and that’s apparent from the fact that both of Lenovo’s latest devices in its long battery life range have found a place among the top 20 devices. The P1m is decidedly a budget offering with a 5-inch display, a quad-core MediaTek chipset tuned at 1GHz and 2GB of RAM, though its main USP is the beefy 4,000mAh battery.

The exits

  • Samsung Galaxy E7
  • YU Yureka Plus
  • Intex Aqua Trend
  • Lenovo A7000
  • HTC Desire 620G
  • YU Yuphoria

Trend analysis

Samsung seems to be ‘on’ a ‘J’oyride

Till about a few months back, Samsung was having a hard time maintaining its popularity in the top 20 list. That’s because the deluge of Chinese brands have stolen some sheen from its offerings. However, now the Korean brand is fighting the war on its own turf by introducing quite a few online-only and value-for-money devices. These smartphones have helped Samsung become the most popular brand in November, with the second spot being held by Lenovo.

No of devices by brands in the top 20 list in November 2015

4G support and phablet-size have become basic requirements

4G as a technology seems to have proliferated quite fast, as within a year or so, most devices in the market offer support for next-gen networks. Among the top 20 phones, only three handsets don’t have support for 4G networks.

Phablets also remain extremely popular with a majority of devices in the list featuring a screen size above 5-inches.

As the year 2015 comes to a close, it’ll be interesting to see whether the last month of the year manages to spring any surprises. So, be sure to check the top 20 smartphones next month.

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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.