iPhone XR Trumps OnePlus to Regain Top Spot Among Premium Phones

Apple has recently dropped the prices of some of its iPhone models in India.

Updated14 Aug 2019, 11:16 AM IST
Tech News
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Riding on heavy promotional offers especially on iPhone XR, Apple has regained top position in the premium smartphone segment in India in the second quarter (Q2) this year and should look forward to cement its position as festive quarters inch closer.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), in the premium ($500 or Rs 35,000 and above) segment, Apple bettered Samsung for the leadership position with an overall share of 41.2 percent in 2Q19.

The iPhone XR demand saw an uplift after the price drop and aided by heavy promotional activities.

"Apple's portfolio up till last quarter (1Q19) was driven mostly by old generation models (the non-X series) -- making almost 70 percent of total shipments," Upasana Joshi, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India, told IANS on Wednesday.

With the price drop, she said, the entire trend shifted, with iPhone XR alone contributing to more than 55 percent of total Apple shipments in 2Q19.

"This essentially means the sweet spot for Apple in India market lies within $750-$850 (Rs 53,536 - Rs 60,675) segment and the higher priced models like iPhone XS/Max (above $1,000) are still unable to create similar demand in a price-conscious India market," Joshi added.

While Tim Cook announced that iPhones generated $26 billion (Rs 18 lakh crore approx.) in revenue in the company’s third quarter that ended on June 29 -- down 12 percent from last year’s June quarter -- India actually witnessed a 19 percent growth (year-on-year) in iPhone shipments riding on promotional offers and discounts from the Cupertino-based giant, according to an earlier Counterpoint Research report.

India returned in Apple's basket with strong double-digit growth. "India bounced back. During the quarter, we returned to growth there. We are very happy with that," the Apple CEO told analysts during the earnings call.

The return of Apple in India comes at a time when the company is reportedly set to manufacture top-end iPhone XS and iPhone XR smartphones courtesy its supplier Foxconn in the country. Apple in April started the assembling of iPhone 7 at its supplier Wistron's facility in Bengaluru.

"To continue this momentum, Apple would require more play in terms of product placement in $700 (Rs 50,000) and above segment, rather than $1000 (Rs 71,382) and above segment, accompanied by heavy promotional activities and attractive offers during the upcoming festive quarters," Joshi told IANS.

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Published: 14 Aug 2019, 10:32 AM IST

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