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

The festive season is one of the best times to purchase electronics, and that’s evident from all the sales and offers run by e-commerce giants. Phonemakers also aim to make the most of it as they launched a number of handsets in the country in the month of September ahead of the festivities. But the question, as always, is whether these launches were able to get consumer’s attention. Well, to find that out, we take a look at the top 20 most-searched phones by users on 91mobiles. While this isn’t a way to gauge sales of smartphones, it’s an indicative list of smartphones that users are clamouring for.

The Top 5

Xiaomi is back on the top spot, but not with the Redmi Note handset. This tie, it’s the brand’s most affordable notch-bearing handset, the Redmi 6 Pro. The second device in the chart-toppers is also a new entrant in the form of the V11 Pro. OPPO’s F9 Pro (review) has fallen in popularity levels to sit at the third position. The Realme 2 (review) on the other hand, has risen six places to find a seat at the fourth spot. The Nokia’s 6.1 Plus (review) slipped three places to reach the fifth place.

The complete list

The shuffling in the top five handsets can also be seen in the entire list. Many new smartphones made their debut, which resulted in the exit of several popular phones. So without further ado, here’s a look at the top 20 mobile phones, mentioned alongside their change in ranking, price segment and month of launch in the subcontinent.

Top 20 mobile phones in India in September 2018

Hits and misses

New entrants

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro: 1st position

The Redmi 6 Pro (review) is the brand’s first smartphone in the Redmi series to offer the trending notch display. The handset also offers the latest features such as a dual-camera module at the back, Qualcomm’s trusted Snapdragon 625 chipset and a beefy 4,000mAh cell.

Vivo V11 Pro_8

Vivo V11 Pro: 2nd position

The V11 Pro (review) is among the very few smartphones to bring the waterdrop notch design. Equipped with the Snapdragon 660 processor and 6GB RAM, the handset manages to offer smooth performance. With an under-display fingerprint scanner, the phone is also the most affordable offering with the invisible biometric sensor.

Xiaomi Redmi 6: 7th position

Accompanying its ‘Pro’ sibling, the Redmi 6 (review) ships with similar features such as dual rear cameras and a bezel-less display. The smartphone is also the most affordable phone to feature MediaTek’s 12nm Helio P22 SoC.


Xiaomi Redmi 6A: 8th position

The successor to the most affordable (and most successful) offering from the Apple of China, the Redmi 6A (review) brings forth an 18:9 display and a power-efficient MediaTek Helio A22 SoC.

POCO F1: 15th position

It seems Xiaomi’s recently-launched smartphones have totally dominated the list of new entrants. The F1 (review) is the debut offering from the sub-brand POCO and it’s the cheapest handset that comes equipped with the Snapdragon 845 chip.

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Nokia 5.1 Plus: 20th position

With a notch-toting display, Helio P60 SoC and dual rear cameras, Nokia’s 5.1 Plus (review) present itself as a solid proposition in the budget segment. In fact, the 5.1 Plus is the most affordable offering with a notch from the Finnish brand.

The exits

  • OPPO F7
  • Honor Play
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5A
  • Vivo Y83
  • OnePlus 6
  • Honor 9 Lite

Trend analysis

Xiaomi is back in a dominating position

With so many fresh faces from the Chinese giant Xiaomi in this list, it’s not a surprise to see the company leading the brand chart. Interestingly enough, this means that Samsung is a distant second with just three offerings among the top 20 phones. OPPO also accompanies Samsung with three of its devices, while all the other phonemakers have either one or two handsets each.

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

Another point worth noting here is that there seems to be some consolidation in the market as well, since there are just 9 brands with their offerings among the top 20.

Newer phones are more popular

No of devices by their month of launch in the top 20 list in September 2018

While it isn’t readily apparent, it seems that the shelf space for smartphones is less these days. All the handsets in the list have been launched in 2018. Interestingly enough, 25 percent of the chart is filled with phones that were launched in the month of September itself.

With more phones set to launch in the last quarter of the year, the Indian smartphone market continues to be abuzz and we’ll surely see how consumer’s sentiments might change, so keep an eye out for the top 20 lists.

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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.