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

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

While Android phones rule the popularity charts through the year, the results get skewed in the month of September. Wondering why? Well, it’s the month when Apple usually takes the covers off its latest offerings, and this year wasn’t any different. The Apple iPhone 7 duo might not be revolutionary, but they do bring forth some interesting features on the table. But are they compelling enough to grab consumer attention? Let’s find out with our top 20 smartphones of last month. It must be noted however that the list isn’t necessarily the reflection of smartphone’s sales, and only acts as an indicator of the ever-changing preferences of users.

Top 5

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review) continues to be the undisputed king of the top 20 series ever since its launch in India. What’s interesting however is the fact that now it’s being accompanied by its smaller sibling, the Redmi 3s Prime (review), sitting at the second spot. Thanks to various offers, LeEco’s budget offering, the Le2 (review) also manages to debut in the list, that too at an enviable third position. Sitting at the fourth place is the 2016 edition of the Samsung Galaxy J2 (review), which leaped 11 positions, whereas the newly-launched Galaxy J7 Prime (first impressions) sits at the fifth spot.

The Complete List

There are quite a new entrants in the top 20 list, and while some of them were expected faces, many of them come as a surprise. Take a dekko at the entire list of top 20 smartphones. Along with the name of the device, we’ve also mentioned its position in the month of August, its price bracket and month of launch in India.

Top 20 mobile phones in India in September 2016 - 91mobiles insights

Hits And Misses

New Entrants

LeEco Le2: 3rd position

While it’s been a while since the Le2 was launched in India, the phone made a late, but stellar debut in the coveted list of top 20 phones. Priced at Rs 11,999, the device ranks among top choices under Rs 15,000, thanks to its 5.5-inch full HD display, an octa-core processor coupled with 3 gigs of RAM, and a pair of 16- and 8-megapixel snappers.


Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: 5th position

The Galaxy J5 and J7 are leading the Korean brand’s efforts in the mid-range space, and with their Prime variants, it’s trying to up the ante. The Galaxy J7 Prime offers a 5.5-inch full HD display and comes powered by an octa-core Exynos chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. In the camera department, it has 13MP rear shooter and an 8-meg selfie snapper. It sips juice from a 3,300mAh battery.

Apple iPhone 7: 11th position

Well, our question gets answered here, as Cupertino giant’s latest manages to find a place in the popularity charts. The iPhone 7 might not be a revolutionary upgrade in comparison to its predecessor, but does bring several improvements to the table – a clean design with no antenna lines, a powerful A10 Fusion chip, a 12MP sensor with a wider aperture of f/1.8, a home button with a taptic engine, water resistance and more.


Xiaomi Redmi 3s: 13th position

Well, the Redmi 3s isn’t a new entry in the list, since its mightier sibling, the 3s Prime already held a position. But thanks to its affordable pricing of Rs 6,999, it’s also gained a spot in the top 20 chart. It’s certainly a worthy option with a 5-inch HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, 2GB RAM and a capacious 4,100mAh battery – all packed in a slim 8.5mm metallic body.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus 3GB RAM: 18th position

Earlier this year, Lenovo introduced the Vibe K5 and K5 Plus (review) in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. With the increased competition, it has beefed up the K5 Plus with 3GB of RAM, while keeping its price tag the same – Rs 8,499. The compact smartphone sports metallic design and is built around a 5-inch display.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus_15

Moto G4 Plus: 20th position

The Moto G4 Plus makes a comeback in the the top 20 list this time, and remains a good offering in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment. Available in two variants – 2GB / 16GB and 3GB / 32GB, the phone falls in the phablet category with its 5.5-inch display. Powering the show on the G4 Plus is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 processor, while the fuel is provided by a 3,000mAh battery.

The Exits

Most devices from the Korean titan have been shown the exit door in the month of September

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
  • OPPO F1
  • Samsung Z3
  • Samsung Galaxy On7

Trend Analysis

Xiaomi unseats Samsung from the top spot with five devices

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

In the past few months, Samsung maintained a clear lead over its rivals with the most number of devices in our top 20 list. However, as can be seen in the exits in the month of September, it has been relegated to the second position by Xiaomi, which has five offerings in our top 20 chart. Interestingly enough, both variants of the Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3s find place in the charts, which shows its increasing brand equity. Lenovo also accompanies Samsung at the second spot with four smartphones, while other companies are present with just one phone each.

Going up the value chain

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

Similar to previous months, the most popular phones in top 20 chart for September lie in the mid-range segment, and are priced between Rs 10,000 and 20,000. This is interesting to note, since the usual notion is that the sub-Rs 10,000 is more voluminous. In the month of September, as many as 50 percent of the handsets are placed in the mid-tier pricing, whereas the budget smartphones constituted 30 percent.

With October being the festive season, and eCommerce platforms already starting their pre-festive deals, it will surely be interesting to check out if the popularity charts change drastically. So, be sure to come back to check out the top 20 series next month.

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