Samsung shrugs off Canalys Report, Says it has 40% of Indian Smartphone Market Share

In an exclusive conversation with GizBot, Asim Warsi, Vice President, Marketing, Mobile Business, Samsung India Electronics Pvt. Ltd. countered the Canalys report which was published earlier today.

The report said Micromax accounted for 22 percent of smartphone sales in India in the October-December quarter, ahead of Samsung's 20 percent.

Commenting on the matter, he said, "We got to know about this interesting report recently, however, I can't comment on the accuracy of the report."

Samsung shrugs off Canalys Report

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He added, In the entire year 2014, we continued to lead the market with innovative and exciting offerings."

He didconfirm on the press statement that, "Our volume market share in the smartphone market in the year was 35.7%, which is more than double than that of the next player, while our value share was 40.2%, which is more than four times the next player."

Samsung India's head issued the statement based on the Gfk report, which is based on actual sales. He added, "The GfK data is based on actual retail sales in 50,000-plus population cities."

Basically, as per the report, Samsung continues to be a clear leader in the Indian smartphone market. As per GfK data, Samsung's volume market share in the October-December 2014 quarter was 34.3% and the value market share was 35.8%.

During the conversation, Asim Warsi also highlighted that Samsung has launched a slew of innovative series in the entire year, which includes Samsung A series, E series and Samsung Z1 based on Tizen OS.

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Asim Warsi said, "Samsung Z1 sales have surpassed all expectations in a highly competitive and a fiercely fought price segment, which offers consumers the widest choice. It is a great phone launched with keeping in mind the requirements of the Indian users and the handset has also got a great response from the Indian customers."

At the South Korean giant is gearing up to release Android Lollipop updates to its existing line of handsets really soon and also the company is prepping to launch one of the most expected flagship of the year Samsung Galaxy S6, on MWC 2015, which is going to be held at Barcelona this year.

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