Microsoft Becomes Third Largest Smartphone Vendor in India: 5 Awesome Windows Phone You Need To Know

Research firm Gfk has released a new market analysis report on the smartphone market in India. The data shows Microsoft is winning heavily against the likes of Apple and other global handset makers.

Microsoft Mobile is now the third largest smartphone maker in India with an estimated market share of 12 %. While Samsung is the top handset maker with 33 % market share, followed by Micromax with 18 % market share.

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"Gfk data for July, August and September showed South Korea's Samsung had achieved a 33% market share at the end of the period after gaining over a percentage point from August. Home-bred Micromax came in second with more than 18% share, adding a tad over the previous month while Finnish handset maker Nokia, now owned by Microsoft, managed to keep itself going at No. 3 with 12% share", notes The Times of India.

Due to the growth in the low-end devices, Microsoft seemed to have performed better than previous quarters. This year it has already shipped handsets like Lumia 530 and Lumia 630, both devices are priced under Rs. 10,000 price mark.

Microsoft recently released its earnings report for the first quarter of the fiscal 2015. The Redmond-based giant sold a record 9.3 million Lumia smartphones. The number is a drastic increase over the 5.8 million units sold in the previous quarter, and more than the 8.8 million devices from the same period last year.

During the festive season this year, the company launched the much-hyped, Lumia 930, alongside the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730 in India. All three smartphones are powered by Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system.

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Now, Microsoft is preparing to launch its first ever branded smartphone (minus Nokia) early next week. A teaser from the company hints that it will be a low-end Windows phone.

In the meanwhile, we've rounded up some best-selling Windows-powered smartphones. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!

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The successor to the Lumia 925 is a brilliant handset in every sense. The Nokia Lumia 930, also known as the Lumia Icon in the US, is a 5-inch Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone. It's not a perfect phone, but it's definitely the best Windows Phone currently onto market. It is priced around Rs. 38,000.

The Lumia 730 has an impressive 5MP front-facing camera with a wide angle leans which means it does take excellent selfies. The specs are average, though the performance doesn't disappoint. The Lumia 730 is now on sale at Rs. 15,000.

There's no two ways about it: the Lumia 1520 is a huge phone. It's the first Windows Phone device with a Full HD 1080p display. The phone has a huge 6-inch screen, and an impressive 20MP camera. The device is now available for less than Rs. 40,000

The Lumia 1020 is a dedicated camera phone with a 41MP camera with Xenon flash which means it does take path-breaking shots. While its specs sheet may not tempt you, however, the phone is bloody impressive. The Lumia 1020 is available at a price of Rs. 28,000.

Like any other low-end Android phone, the Lumia 530 is meant to attract millions of Indian masses. The phone is neither great not too bad. It's an average phone, but it does offer a long battery life. The Windows Phone 8.1 handset is priced under Rs. 6,000.

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