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

As Xiaomi continues to go from strength to strength in the Indian smartphone market, it also seems to be facing more competition than ever before. That’s evident when you take a look at the list of top 20 mobile phones in the month of October. While the Apple of China used to rule the charts previously, doesn’t even appear among the top 5 most popular phonemakers of last month. Of course, as noted earlier, this list is indicative of shifting consumer preferences by looking at the popularity of smartphones on 91mobiles, though it doesn’t take into account their sales. Without further ado, let’s see what the month of October held in store.

The top 5

You must be wondering which device displaced Xiaomi from its top spot. Well, it’s none other than Realme, which recently introduced the Realme 2 Pro – the most affordable handset with a teardrop notch and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor. Interestingly enough, following it is its sibling, the Realme 2 (review). At third place sits Samsung’s triple camera-toting Galaxy A7, as it has jumped 25 positions. The Honor 8X has made its debut at the fourth seating, while Vivo’s V11 Pro (review) has dropped three spots to fifth place.

The complete list

Significant changes can be seen in the entire list, and you can see many new faces, resulting into many smartphones being shown the exit door. There are a lot of phones which have witnessed a drop in their popularity levels as well. Here’s a look at the top 20 phones in October, wherein we have also mentioned the change in ranking in comparison from the previous month, price bracket and month of launch for each of the devices.

Top 20 mobile phones in India in October 2018

Hits and misses

New entrants

Realme 2 Pro: 1st position

The Realme 2 Pro (review) is the most loaded smartphone in the sub-Rs 15k segment, so it’s not a surprise to see it ruling the roost. The device brings forth a large 6.3-inch Dewdrop Full Screen, an octa-core chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 660, dual rear cameras, a 16MP selfie shooter – all backed by a beefy 3,500mAh battery.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018): 3rd position

While Samsung took its own sweet time to jump into the dual-camera bandwagon, the brand doesn’t want to miss out on the camera number game now, so much so that the South Korean brand has already introduced the world’s first smartphone with four rear cameras – the Galaxy A9 (first impressions). Coming back to the A7 (review), the phone sports three rear cameras comprising a 24-megapixel shooter, an 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 5MP depth-sensing unit. Priced in the upper mid-tier segment, the handset ships with the Snapdragon 660 processor and 4GB of RAM.

Honor 8X: 4th position

With a 6.5-inch display, the Honor 8X (first impressions) is one of the largest smartphones around. The successor to the 7X (review), builds upon the legacy of the brand’s mid-budget smartphones and flaunts an attractive two-tone finish. The mobile comes powered by the 12nm Kirin 710 processor, offers a pair of 20MP and 2MP snappers and is fuelled by a rather beefy 3,750mAh battery.

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Realme C1: 8th position

Realme, which is now separated from its parent brand OPPO, must be commended as three of its smartphones rank high in the popularity charts. The C1 (review) is among the most affordable offerings to tout a display notch and dual rear cameras. The handset comes with a 6.2-inch HD panel, and draws power from the Snapdragon 450 chipset, which is paired with 2GB RAM.

OnePlus 6T: 10th position

OnePlus has been leading the premium category in India since a few quarters, so it’s but natural for the brand’s latest offering to catch the attention of users. Coming in as an iterative upgrade to the OnePlus 6 (review), the OnePlus 6T (review) offers a larger display with a tiny notch up top, and sips power from a bigger 3,700mAh cell.

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Motorola One Power: 14th position

As the name suggests, the One Power (review) is an Android smartphone with a large battery. The Motorola handset bears a 6.2-inch screen with a full HD resolution and comes equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC, which is working alongside 4 gigs of RAM. For imaging, the device gets 16MP + 5MP shooters on the rear and a 12-megapixel camera on the front. Powering the show is a 5,000mAh battery.

The exits

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
  • POCO F1
  • ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1
  • Samsung Galaxy J6
  • Honor 9N
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus

Trend analysis

Samsung’s popularity seems to have waned

While the Chaebol managed to match up to Xiaomi’s popularity levels over the past few months, it seems to have fallen behind once again. In the month of October, the brand only had two of its devices among the top 20 phones. The Chinese giant, of course, continues to lead with five of its smartphones listed in the top 20 chart. As mentioned above, Realme’s rise is nothing short of amazing, as it sits at the second place alongside OPPO with three handsets each in the list.

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

Worth noting that even though the month of October was full of launches, ranging from the Google Pixel 3 duo (review) to Apple’s iPhone XR (review) among others, only the OnePlus 6T has been able to find a place in our top 20 list. It would certainly be interesting to see if that changes in the current month of November, so stay tuned for the analysis.

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One of the earliest members of the 91mobiles' editorial team, Nitansh is a walking encyclopaedia of product specs. Name a phone and he’ll tell you the specifics on screen resolution, processor and camera without blinking an eyelid. Ask him if he remembers the launch date of a noteworthy phone, and he'll tell you the dates when the device first leaked, its global unveil, its Indian launch, and when it got a significant update. He’s a lover of all things Android, and loves writing reviews and scouting for new apps. A Wordpress whiz, he’s always ready to help out a fellow writer. While he juggles between many things at 91mobiles, he always manages to find time to write. In his non-tech avatar, Nitansh is a philatelist, which is a fancy word for stamp-collector.