“Here are the top smartphones which users searched for in the month of August”

The month of August saw some impressive smartphones launching in the country, including the first waterdrop notch-toting phone – the OPPO F9 Pro – and Xiaomi’s second Android One offering, the Mi A2. But did these handsets also manage to capture consumers’ mindset? And were they able to uproot other phones which were already popular in the subcontinent? Instead of answering these questions basis our gut, we turn to the data. As part of our monthly exercise, we take a look at the top 20 most searched-for smartphones by users on 91mobiles. So let’s see which phones rocked the charts in the month gone by.

The Top 5

Well, if you are here to find the answer to the question asked in the introduction, then it’s worth noting that OPPO’s latest, the F9 Pro (review), has debuted directly at the top spot, which is nothing short of impressive. What’s even more interesting is the fact that the device which ranked first in the month of July – has dropped to the fourth position. Marking their debuts in the second and third places, respectively are the Nokia 6.1 Plus (review) and Xiaomi’s Mi A2 (review). Surprisingly, F9 Pro’s predecessor, the F7 (review) continues to maintain its seating at the fifth spot.

The complete list

The entire list of top 20 smartphones has also witnessed some changes, with several phones being shown the exit, and many others dropping in their popularity levels. Take a dekko at the top 20 phones in the month of August, wherein the smartphone’s name is also mentioned alongside its price band, change in ranking from the month of July and month of launch in India. 

Top 20 mobile phones in India in August 2018 list

Hits and misses

New entrants

OPPO F9 Pro: 1st position

The OPPO F9 Pro is a new entrant on the list, and sports a stunning design with a two-tone colourway and diamond cut pattern for the rear panel. That apart, it sports an all-screen front with a 6.3-inch full HD+ display and waterdrop notch. The other key specs on offer include the Helio P60 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, a 16MP+2MP rear camera setup and 25MP selfie shooter.


Nokia 6.1 Plus: 2nd position

A budget smartphone with a notched display and glass sandwich design, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is also an Android One device. Running stock Android 8.1 Oreo, it will also be among the first to get the Android Pie update. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC, and comes with 4GB of RAM, 16MP+5MP dual cameras and a 16MP selfie camera too.

Xiaomi Mi A2: 3rd position

Xiaomi’s second-gen Android One smartphone, the Mi A2, is a loaded mid-ranger. With a Snapdragon 660 processor under the hood, the phone also offers a 5.99-inch HD+ display, up to 6GB of RAM, 12MP+20MP dual cameras, a 20MP selfie shooter and a 3,010mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi A2 review15

Realme 2: 10th position

The  Realme 2 (review) jumped 33 places in the last month, catapulting to 10th place. A power-packed budget smartphone, it boasts specs like a 6.2-inch notched display, 4,320mAh battery, dual cameras and up to 4GB of RAM.

Honor Play: 12th position

The Honor Play (review) is among the latest herd of affordable flagships, which perhaps explains the reason behind its sudden popularity. The smartphone comes powered by Huawei’s powerful HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, which is paired with 4GB RAM. The phone also comes with the brand’s GPU Turbo technology to offer a smooth gaming experience.


Honor 9N: 15th position

The Honor 9N (review) also showed significant improvement, skating ahead 17 places to 15th position. The device sports a 5.84-inch full HD+ display with a notch. It comes with both a fingerprint sensor and face unlock for authentication. With RAM and storage options up to 6GB and 128GB respectively, the device also offers dual rear cameras with a portrait mode feature.


OPPO A5: 19th position

A new entrant, the OPPO A5 packs in some impressive specs like a 6.2-inch HD+ notched display, Snapdragon 450 SoC, 4GB RAM, dual cameras and an ample 4,320mAh battery. While it doesn’t offer a fingerprint sensor, there is face unlock for security.

The exits

  • OPPO Find X
  • Realme 1
  • Nokia 6.1
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
  • Vivo Y71
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Realme 1 128GB

Trend analysis

OPPO’s smartphones match popularity levels of Xiaomi

No of devices by brands in the top 20 list in August 2018

Xiaomi continues to top the popularity charts with four of the top 20 devices coming from the brand’s stable. What’s interesting though is that Samsung, which has so far taken the second spot is now relegated to third place, ousted by none other than OPPO, which also nabbed four of the top 20 smartphones last month. Honor tied with Samsung with three devices in the list, followed by Vivo with two. RealMe, OnePlus, Nokia and ASUS rounded off the list with one device each. 

Considering Xiaomi’s smartphone(s) have been knocked from the throne, it’d be interesting to see if the phonemaker continues to be the most popular brand in the month of September as well. To check that and more, be sure to be back next month.