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Micromax A110 Canvas 2 the show stopper of 2013: The Mobile Indian Survey

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Digital | January 15, 2014
As per our Annual Handset Hotlist of 2013, eight handsets each were from Micromax and Samsung; four were from Nokia; two from Karbonn, and one each from, Apple, Xolo and Karbonn.

In 2013, over 357 mobile phones and tablets were launched in India, which includes 60 odd devices from handset giants like Samsung, Nokia and Sony. But curiously, Micromax A110 Canvas 2 was the most searched smartphone in the country last year, as per the data collected by The Mobile Indian.

Canvas 4, another handset of Micromax, was the second most hunted handset last year, reveals the data collected by a study of online preferences of over one million people who visited the website (www.themobileindian.com) every month in 2013.

As per our Annual Handset Hotlist of 2013, eight handsets each were from Micromax and Samsung; four were from Nokia; two from Karbonn, and one each from, Apple, Xolo and Karbonn (see the chart below)

Top 25 Handset Hotlist for January 2014
Rank 2013ModelRelative scorePrice (in Rs.)OSScreen Size (in inches)Camera Front (in MP)
1Micromax A110 Canvas 210010,999Android v4.0.45.08
2Micromax Canvas 49716,990Android v4.2.15.013
3Samsung Galaxy S Duos789,500Android v4.04.05
4Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I90827521,000Android v4.1.25.08
5Micromax Canvas HD A1166516,000Android v4.1.25.08
6Nokia Lumia 520628,599Windows Phone 84.05
7Sony Xperia M6212,499Android v4.15.04
8Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.85523,400Android v4.2.25.88
9Apple iPhone 55445,000iOS 64.08
10Samsung Galaxy Young507,599Android v4.1.23.273.15
11Karbonn Titanium S55010,699Android v4.15.08
12Micromax Canvas 3D A115499,000Android v4.1.25.05
13Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.34827,999Android v4.2.26.38
14Micromax Canvas Doodle A111479,999Android v4.1.25.38
15Samsung Galaxy Core4512,900Android v4.1.24.35
16Samsung Galaxy S44535,699Android v4.2.25.013
17Nokia Asha 501364,999Asha OS 1.03.03.2
18Micromax Canvas Viva A72336,299Android v2.3.65.03
19Nokia Lumia 9253328,590Windows 84.28
20Xolo A500S326,499Android v4.24.05
21Nokia Lumia 6203214,399Windows 83.85
22Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom3126,999Android v4.2.24.316
23Micromax A88 Canvas Music318,699Android v4.1.14.55
24Sony Xperia J2913,990Android v4.0.44.05
25Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus2711,000Android v4.25.08

Operating system:

As the Handset Hotlist shows, in 2013, Android operating system-based devices were the most sought after. Out of the top 25 most searched handsets on www.themobileindian.com last year, 20 devices had Android operating system, while three were based on Windows Phones, and one each on the iOS and Asha platforms.

Price range of Android based handsets in Top 25

As the above graph suggests, is it quite evident that Android-based handsets are available in different price brackets and that is one of the most important parameters on which most Indian consumers make a buying decision.

Interestingly, of the three Windows Phones operating system (OS)-based devices that made it to the top 25, one is available for less than Rs 10,000, while another is available between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000. The third smartphone was available for more than Rs 20,000. In the above mentioned price segments as compared to one device from Windows Phone OS in each segment, Android had seven, eight and five devices, respectively (in the Handset Hotlist).

Camera:

Not long ago, consumers invested money in buying a standalone point and shoot camera but now phones have made them redundant. This is also reflected in the Annual Hotlist as all the top 25 phones that made it to the list had cameras. Ten mobile phones had an 8 megapixel resolution-based rear camera, nine had 4- 5 megapixel resolution, three had 3 megapixel and the remaining three handsets had 13 megapixel or more resolution.

The average price of nine handsets, excluding iPhone 5, that had 8 megapixel camera resolution, was around Rs 17,000. On the other hand, the average price of nine handsets that had around 5 megapixel camera was around Rs 10,000. This clearly shows a good camera was one of the important parameters that a buyer in India is looking for in a handset.

Camera Handset list

Relative Index:

As far as Relative Score, a metric that helps determine a phone's overall score in relation to its competitors, is concerned, in 2013 there was close competition between two handsets of Micromax for slot Nos. 1 and 2. After that, there was again close competition between two handsets from Samsung for slot Nos. 3 and 4.

The gap between two consecutive models, from Nos. 5-16, was between 2 to 5 per cent and after that, there was a sudden drop of 10 per cent. Position No. 17 onwards, the competition was quite close and the difference was between 1 to 4 per cent between consecutive handsets.

Handset launched in 2013 by the brands in Handset Hotlist

If we look at the table, it is evident that Indian brands, on an average, launched five handsets every month for an average price of around Rs 8,500, which was perhaps their success mantra.

On the other hand, MNC brands also launched five devices every month but the average price of their handsets was around Rs 27,000. The result is slightly skewed due the average price of Apple devices. If we strike out the Apple phones from the list, then the average price was around Rs 17,000. This shows that the average price of handsets launched by MNC players was more than double of the offering of Indian players.

As far as the display size is concerned, except Nokia, every other player offered display screen size of 4-inch and above on an average. It should be recalled that last year, out of 22 devices that Nokia had launched, eight were feature phones and Asha series of phones which came with smaller screen sizes.

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