Xiaomi Leads India Smartphone Market in Q3, Prices to Rise: IDC

Donna Miller
November 15, 2018

Xiaomi led the smartphone tally with shipment of 11.7 million units and 27.3 percent market share, followed by Samsung 9.6 million units (22.6 percent share), Vivo 4.5 million units (10.5 percent share), Micromax 2.9 million units (6.9 percent share) and Oppo 2.9 million units (6.7 percent share). MIUI 10 stable update for the Redmi Note 6 Pro is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, while the same update for the Redmi Note 4 and 4X is based on Android 7.0 Nougat, which is rather disappointing to see. The smartphone is getting a new MIUI update that brings the software version to MIUI 10 on the Mi Max 2.

Several Redmi Note 4 users in India are receiving the update over the air. The Redmi Note 4 has a single 12 MP camera on the back and a 5 MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording.

Xiaomi is known for rolling out MIUI updates even to smartphones released four years or three years ago, but the reality is those updates are based on older iterations of Android.

With the MIUI 10 Global Stable firmware, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 now supports bokeh effect with Ai features.

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Prospective phone buyers may want to wait before plumping for a new Xiaomi. Many are disappointed that the update is not based on Android Oreo. Packed with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, the smartphone will also get Adreno 509 GPU along with 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage. The company announced the MIUI 10 back in September.

Walmart-owned e-commerce portal Flipkart is also running a banner on its website confirming that the handset is going to be the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The Redmi Note 5 Pro was very well-received in India, with the phone consistently ranking as one of the best in the country. The Note 6 Pro was launched in Indonesia at a price of 2,800,000 Indonesian Rupiah (about Rs 13,745) and we expect the phone to be launched at the same price point in India as well.

As far as the specifications are concerned, the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro will sport a 6.26-incg FHD+ IPD LCD screen with 19:9 aspect ratio and 86% screen-to-body ratio.

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