Samsung and Xiaomi neck-to-neck in India in Q2

The Redmi 5A was Xiaomi's bestselling phone in India in Q2.
The Redmi 5A was Xiaomi’s bestselling phone in India in Q2.

Xiaomi and Samsung shipped 9.9 million smartphones each to India in Q2. Together they account for 60 percent of the total shipment that quarter, according to Canalys.

Xiaomi’s 100 percent growth was impressive as it propelled the China smartphone maker ahead of its Korea counterpart which grew 50 percent, its best showing since Q4 2015.

“Samsung is hitting back. It has launched devices pitted directly against Xiaomi’s portfolio and is focusing on its cameras and imaging capabilities with Portrait Dolly and Background Blur Shape functions,” said Tuan Anh Nguyen, Analyst of Canalys.

Despite Xiaomi’s growing popularity in India, he expects Samsung to remain the first choice for consumers.

“Its technological prowess and supply chain mastery will continue to give it an edge over Xiaomi for the foreseeable future,” he said.

Vivo and Oppo were third and fourth with 11 percent and 10 percent market share respectively.