“Here are the top devices which users searched for in the month of May”

While earlier it seemed that Samsung was becoming aggressive in the Indian smartphone market, its arch-rival Xiaomi is hitting back with equal tenacity. In fact, five months into 2019, and they have launched 30+ models (including RAM and storage variants) between them, which is impressive, to say the least. Since there are a lot more options available for consumers, it becomes important to see which devices are ranking on top of their searches. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 20 smartphones which users searched for the most on 91mobiles. It goes without saying that this data doesn’t necessarily reflect the sales of these handsets, though you do get an idea of how buyers choices are constantly evolving in this ever-changing smartphone market.

The top 5

Interestingly, the table toppers haven’t seen any shuffling between them, which has happened perhaps for the very first time. The Redmi Note 7 Pro (review) comfortably sits at the top, while its biggest competitor, the Realme 3 Pro (review) can be found at the second place. Samsung’s mid-range offerings in the form of the Galaxy M30 (review) and Galaxy A50 (review) are at the third and fourth sports, respectively. The fifth seating is occupied by the Note 7 Pro’s sibling, the Redmi Note 7.

The complete list

Interestingly enough, the top 20 chart shows a stark contrast versus the top 5 mobile devices. You see, there are quite a few new faces and many phones seemed to have slipped in popularity levels too. Take a dekko at the entire list, wherein alongside the name of the phone, we’ve also mentioned the change in rank from the previous month of April, their price segment and the month of launch.


Hits and misses

Redmi Note 7s: 6th position

With the aim of bringing “48MP for everyone“, the Redmi Note 7s (first impressions) is the most affordable smartphone currently with a 48-megapixel rear camera. But apart from that, the Note 7s is exactly same as the Note 7, including the Snapdragon 660 processor, 6.3-inch waterdrop notch-toting display, a 4,000mAh battery, which possibly suggests why users are liking the Note 7s too.

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Realme C2: 7th position

After the success of the C1, the Realme C2 (review) simply carries the legacy forward making it a loaded smartphone for entry-level buyers. The 6.1-incher draws power from MediaTek’s Helio P22 processor, which is paired with either 2GB or 3GB RAM. The handset comes with dual rear cameras, comprising 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel snappers, and a 5MP selfie shooter. A 4,000mAh cell powers the device.

OnePlus 7 Pro: 9th position

The OnePlus 7 Pro (review) marks the journey of the brand OnePlus from a flagship killer to the flagship. That’s because, along with staying true to its mantra of bringing powerful flagship-grade specs, the handset is also ranking high on innovation. With a 90Hz QHD+ display and a notch-less, bezel-less approach, the screen is a delight to look at — although all this does come at a higher price of Rs 48,990. But going by the phone’s popularity, buyers don’t seem to be minding it.

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Samsung Galaxy A20: 16th position

Samsung’s refreshed A series has witnessed the launch of numerous models this year, and the A20 simply fills the gap between Rs 10k and 12k segment. Just like its siblings, the phone ships with an Infinity-V display that measures 6.4-inches across and bears an HD resolution. At the back, the mobile features a pair of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras and an 8MP selfie snapper. A 4,000mAh battery fuels the handset.

Redmi 7: 17th position

After the success of the 7th-gen Note smartphones, Redmi was quick to bring the 7th iteration of its main lineup. Following similar ideology, the Redmi 7 (review) brings forth several changes such as a dewdrop notch, an SD6xx series processor for the first time in this segment (Snapdragon 632), dual rear cameras and a capacious 4,000mAh battery.

Redmi Note 7S UFI 07

OPPO Reno: 18th position

The Reno marks an important step for OPPO as the Chinese company is staking a claim in the fast-growing super-premium segment priced above Rs 30,000. The handset does come packed to entice buyers with a unique shark fin pop-up camera, 48MP dual rear shooters, and a powerful spec sheet with Snapdragon 710 SoC and 8GB RAM. 

Trend analysis

The popularity of Rs 20k+ smartphones on the rise

No of devices in different price bands in the top 20 list in May 2019

The segment between Rs 20k and 30k is usually considered quite dead as it gets overshadowed by well-priced mid-range offerings or flagship-grade devices priced upwards of Rs 30k. But it seems things are starting to change. Not only we’re seeing smartphones priced between 20,000 and 30,000 finding a place among the most popular phones, but even devices in the super-premium category are also able to capture buyers’ mindshare. Interestingly, this means budget devices under Rs 10k aren’t finding many takers. 

As can be seen from the chart above, Xiaomi and Samsung continue to dominate the list of top 20 smartphones. However, considering the fact that the month of June will be witnessing several high-profile launches, it’d be interesting to see if this chart sees any changes. You can be sure that we’ll be analysing that next month, so stay tuned. 

Graphics by Neeraj Rana