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

The Indian smartphone market is full of surprises, making it quite exciting for consumers and us – and troubling for brands to sustain themselves, if we may add. No phone brand can continue to sit on its laurels, and needs to be on its toes to keep to stand out. And to monitor all that is happening in the industry is our 91mobiles insights, wherein we take a look at the devices that users searched for the most in a particular month. So which mobile phones and brands ruled the roost in March? Let’s find out.

The Top 5

As surprising as it may sound, it seems that Xiaomi hasn’t been able to maintain its popularity with the Redmi Note series this time around. While the Redmi Note 3 (review) topped the popularity charts for the better half of 2016, the Note 4 (review) has been dethroned from the first spot. But what’s even more interesting is that the device which has done so is from Xiaomi’s stable itself – the Redmi 4A (review) – which is the most affordable smartphone from the company. The Redmi Note 4 is now placed at the second seating, with Samsung’s Galaxy J7 Prime (first impressions) leaping seven places to reach the third position. vivo’s selfie-centric V5 (review) and the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (review) manage to maintain their places, sitting at fourth and fifth spots respectively.

The complete list

The shuffling hasn’t just happened among the table toppers, but in the entire list of top 20 phones as well. Some worthy smartphones have entered the coveted chart at the expense of other devices which have slipped in popularity. Here’s a look at the phones, mentioned along with their change in ranking compared to February, and month of launch in the Indian market.

Top 20 mobile phones in India in March 2017

Hits and Misses

New entrants

Xiaomi Redmi 4A: 1st position

The Redmi 4A seems to be living up the benchmarks set by its siblings as it has made a stunning debut at the first spot itself. While it’s the most affordable smartphone from the Apple of China, it hasn’t compromised on the specs front. It features a 5-inch HD display and comes powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip, which is augmented by 2 gigs of RAM and 16GB of memory onboard. The 4G-capable phone sports a 13-megapixel snapper at the back and a 5MP selfie camera.

Moto G5 Plus - FB feat

Moto G5 Plus: 11th position

The latest budget offering from the Lenovo-owned Moto carries forward the legacy of its predecessor, the G4 Plus (review). With a 12MP f/1.7 sensor offering dual-pixel autofocus technology, it’s among the best smartphone cameras under Rs 20,000. The G5 Plus (review) is also the first smartphone from Moto with a unibody metal construction. Under the hood, it’s equipped with a Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending upon the variant.

OnePlus 3T: 15th position

The 3T (review) can simply be considered as the turbo-charged upgrade to the OnePlus 3 (review), as it lives up to the flagship killer title by offering top-notch specs at an attractive price tag of Rs 29,999. With its powerful hardware combination of Snapdragon 821 and 6GB RAM, the 5.5-incher can easily stand up against the flagships set to launch this year. It’s also trying to cater to selfie enthusiasts with a 16MP snapper at the front.

OnePlus 3T

OPPO A57: 17th position

While OPPO has been able to take care of the mid-range and upper mid-range with the F series, there was a gap in its portfolio in the sub-Rs 15k mark. The A57 aims to fulfil that along with promising similar selfie-centric features such as a high-res 16MP snapper and screen flash. Priced around Rs 14,000, the phone offers a 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 435 processor and 3GB RAM.

The exits

  • Honor 6X
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
  • Coolpad Note 5
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus (3GB RAM)

Trend analysis

Xiaomi continues to dominate the popularity charts

No of devices by brands in the top 20 list in March 2017

In February, Xiaomi toppled Samsung as the most popular phone brand, and it’s reigning the charts this time as well. With six offerings among the top 20, it’s comfortably ahead of Samsung with four devices in the list. Interestingly, OPPO has managed to rank third in this list with three smartphones, all of which cater to selfie enthusiasts, and that brings us to the next trend…

Selfie-centric smartphones are here to stay

Love it or hate it, but you can’t ignore it – this is probably the best way to describe the selfie phenomenon. The smartphone manufacturers are cashing on the trend as they are ensuring you best selfies with powerful snappers at the front, flash strobes for providing illumination during dim settings and wide-angle lenses. In fact, companies like OPPO and vivo are offering not one, but two camera sensors at the front with the F3 Plus (review) and V5 Plus (review), respectively. There are other devices too, which are focussing on the selfie aspect such as the OnePlus 3T and Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (review).