Bigger the better: TMI survey

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Digital | July 16, 2013
Of the 25 most viewed handsets in India, 12 were from Indians players as compared to 13 from global brands.

In a span of around six months, the market has been flooded with mobile phones having five inch or bigger display screens. This also reflects in 'The Handset Hotlist Survey' of June, which was conducted by The Mobile Indian.

As per the survey, which is based on a study of online preferences of over one million people who visited the website ( in June this year, 12 out of 25 mobile phones have five inch or bigger screens. The list includes five handsets of Micromax, four of Samsung and one each of Karbonn, Xolo and Spice. Interestingly, as many as eight smartphones in the list have displays bigger than four inches but smaller than five inches.

However, this increasing interest for larger screen-based handsets was not an overnight affair.

The Mobile Indian

In our January 2012 survey, the average screen size of the smartphones that people were searching was 2.9 inches. In the month of June 2012, it was 3.5 inches, while in January this year, it was 4.1 inches and finally, last month, it jumped to 4.5 inches.

Commenting on the survey, a spokesperson of The Mobile Indian says, "Most of the handset players, especially Indian players, are launching smartphones with large real estate and it seems like they are the ones who are offering multiples options to consumers in terms of large screen sizes and that too at budget prices."

Of late, Xolo has come out with decent smartphones at competitive prices but never more than one handset from Xolo made it to our list. However, this time three handsets from the maker made it to the Handset Hotlist.

Commenting on the development, the spokesperson says, "Xolo in terms of grabbing consumer's attention has been on the fringe for the last couple of months. Reasons being, launches were not happening at regular intervals and even the availability of the smartphones was not uniform. The company has addressed these issues and is now in the reckoning."

Out of the 25 most searched handsets, seven each were from Micromax and Samsung, three each from Sony and Xolo, two from Nokia and one each from Karbonn, Spice and Apple.

Top 25 Handset Hotlist for July-2013
Rank JuneLast MayChangeModelRelative ScorePrice (in Rs.)OSScreen Size
1nanewSamsung Galaxy Mega 6.310028,500Android6.3
2nanewSamsung Galaxy Mega 5.87223,500Android5.8
396Nokia Lumia 520649,300Windows Phone 84
473Samsung Galaxy S Duos6411,000Android4
5nanewMicromax A88 Canvas Music598,400Android4.5
682Samsung Galaxy Young597,500Android3.2
73-4Micromax Canvas 3D A115589,200Android5
86-2Samsung Galaxy S45838,000Android5
94-5Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I90825818,500Android5
105-5Karbonn Titanium S55611,000Android5
111-10Micromax Canvas HD A1165413,500Android5
1210-2Micromax Canvas Doodle A1115211,500Android5.3
13nanewXolo Q10005013,000Android5
14184Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus3910,000Android5
1511-4Micromax Canvas Viva A72376,400Android5
16171Sony Xperia E368,300Android3.5
1714-3Micromax Ninja A27313,300Android3.5
18235Sony Xperia U2712,000Android3.5
19136Apple iPhone 52543,990iOS4
20222Sony Xperia J2513,500Android4
2112-9Samsung Galaxy Win2516,300Android4.7
22nanewXolo Q8002410,000Android4.5
23nanewXolo X910239,999Android4.3
24nanewSpice Mobiles Stellar Horizon Mi 505 Pro228,500Android5
2520-5Nokia Lumia 6202214,000Windows Phone 83.8

The Relative Score, which was introduced recently, indicates the popularity of each handset vis-à-vis the leader. This month, there was close competition from position No. 3 to 10 for grabbing consumer interest. So much so, that slot numbers 3 and 4; 5 and 6; and 7, 8 and 9 have the same relative scores.