Pedestrians walk past a Xiaomi Corp. store and a Samsung Electronics Co. store in Mumbai, India.
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Smartphone makers shipped about 32.4 million devices in India between April and June, according to research firm Canalys.
That was about 13% fewer handsets shipped compared with the previous three months. A devastating second wave of Covid-19 in India between February and May prompted regional lockdowns and created economic disruption that ultimately stifled smartphone demand.
“Smartphone vendors in India had assumed Covid-19 would not return, and several planned to invest in infrastructure for branded stores and partnerships with third-party offline channels,” Sanyam Chaurasia, an analyst at Canalys, said in a statement. “But once again they were quickly compelled to pivot to an online strategy.”
On a yearly basis, smartphone shipments jumped 87% as India was under a strict national lockdown for most of the April-June period last year.
Xiaomi remained on top, holding 29% share in one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets, according to Canalys. The Chinese smartphone maker, which recently overtook Apple to become second globally, shipped 9.5 million devices in India.
Its online sales received a boost from the Redmi Note 10 series, Canalys said in its report.