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Samsung gains ground against Nokia in India: TMI survey

21 of the 25 phones that have made it to TMI's list of Top 25 Mobile Handsets are touchscreen phones.

Finnish handset giant Nokia, for the sixth month in a row, has been the most sought after handset brand that Indian consumers search for, as per the Handset Hotlist survey (November 2011) of The Mobile Indian. However, the Finnish handset manufacturer faces stiff competition from Samsung, in India.
According to the latest Handset Hotlist survey for the month of November, Nokia leads the pack with 10 handsets out of the top 25, while Samsung closely follows with nine. Sony Ericsson and Micromax have four and two models, respectively, on the list.
The Handset Hotlist, based on a survey of online preferences, is brought out by The Mobile Indian (www.themobileindian.com) every month.
Sreekant Khandekar, director, The Mobile Indian, says, “Samsung has managed to gain people’s attention in both the smartphone and feature phone segment. In this survey too, there are four Samsung smartphones with Android operating system, while the remaining five are feature phones with Java operating system.”
About Nokia, Khandekar says, “Since the Hotlist was first released, the C-series of handsets from Nokia has dominated the list, and this time around, 10 handsets of the company has made it to the list, of which six are C-series handsets which are the affordable range of handsets from Nokia’s stable.”
Nokia C5-03, a Symbian operating system-based handset that costs Rs 8,600, was the most-searched mobile phone on The Mobile Indian, replacing Nokia-C2-03, which held the top position last month. Interestingly, C5-03 has previously occupied the top slot in May, June, July and August.
Samsung Champ 3.5G, Samsung Galaxy S-Plus, Samsung Galaxy R-I9103, and Samsung Primo-S5610, have made it to the list for the first time. In this month’s Hotlist, there are four handsets from Sony Ericsson, including three newcomers — Xperia Neo V, Mix Walkman and Xperia Neo.
Micromax was the biggest loser in the Handset Hotlist as its two handsets, Micromax A70 and X560, lost eight positions to their rivals since the last survey.

Top 25 Handset Hotlist for November 2011

Rank Oct Rank Sept Change Brand Model Price (inRs.) 3G OS Touchscreen
1 2 1 Nokia Nokia-C5-03 8475 Yes Symbian Yes
2 NA New Nokia Nokia-C2-06 4903 No S40 Yes
3 1 -2 Nokia Nokia-C2-03 4500 No S40 Yes
4 5 1 Samsung Samsung-Galaxy-Ace-S5830 13900 Yes Android Yes
5 NA New Samsung Samsung-Champ-3.5G 5000 Yes Java Yes
6 6 0 Nokia Nokia-C6 11903 Yes Symbian Yes
7 4 -3 Samsung Samsung-Star-II-Duos-C6712 6000 No Java Yes
8 14 6 Nokia Nokia-701 19000 Yes symbian Yes
9 NA New Nokia Nokia-700 17200 Yes Symbian Yes
10 NA New Nokia Nokia-C2-02 3900 No S40 Yes
11 3 -8 Micromax Micromax-A70 7619 Yes Android Yes
12 11 -1 Samsung Samsung-Galaxy-Pro-B7510 8500 Yes Android Yes
13 7 6 Sony Ericsson Sony-Ericsson-txt-pro 7469 No Java Yes
14 NA New Samsung Samsung-Galaxy-S-Plus 22500 Yes Android Yes
15 10 -5 Nokia Nokia-X7 20749 Yes Symbian Yes
16 8 -8 Micromax Micromax-X560 3699 No Java Yes
17 12 -5 Samsung Samsung-S3850-Corby-II 5500 No Java Yes
18 NA New Samsung Samsung-Galaxy-R-I9103 27500 Yes Android Yes
19 NA New Sony Ericsson Sony-Ericsson-Xperia-Neo-V 17500 Yes Android Yes
20 NA New Sony Ericsson Sony-Ericsson-Mix-Walkman 6800 No Java Yes
21 21 0 Samsung Samsung-Chat-527 5300 Yes Java No
22 15 -7 Nokia Nokia-C5-00 7500 Yes Symbian No
23 NA New Sony Ericsson Sony-Ericsson-Xperia-Neo 18000 Yes Android Yes
24 18 -6 Nokia Nokia-X2-01 3500 No S40 No
25 NA New Samsung Samsung-Primo-S5610 6700 Yes Java No

Top 10 Indian Challengers

Compared to the Handset Hotlist in which Micromax was the biggest loser, The Top 10 Indian Challengers for November has Micromax dominating the list. It has bagged eight slots while the remaining slots are occupied by Karbonn.
The Challengers list was introduced in August, and has a ranking of the 10 most exciting handsets from Indian marketers, based on the preferences of visitors to the handset guide section of The Mobile Indian.
Commenting on the Challengers list, Khandekar says, “In the Challenger list, a majority of the consumers searched for Java based feature phones — seven of them made to the list, and their average price is Rs 3,700.”
Micromax A70, X560 and X222 retained their top three positions respectively, for the second month in succession. The other handsets that feature in the list are Karbonn-K-1818 and Karbonn-A1.

Top 10 Indian challengers for October 2011

Rank Oct Rank Sept Change Brand Model Price ( in Rs.) 3G OS Camera
1 1 0 Micromax Micromax-A70 7619 Yes Android 5
2 2 0 Micromax Micromax-X560 3699 No Java 2
3 3 0 Micromax Micromax-X222 2500 No Java VGA
4 NA New Micromax Micromax-Q1+ 1299 No Java VGA
5 NA New Karbonn Karbonn-K-1818 3300 No Java 3.2
6 4 -2 Micromax Micromax-Q80 4761 Yes Java 3
7 NA New Micromax Micromax-X485 2699 No Java 1.3
8 8 0 Micromax Micromax-A55-Bling-2 8999 Yes Android 3
9 7 -2 Karbonn Karbonn-A1 6399 Yes Android 3.2
10 5 -5 Micromax Micromax-Van-Gogh-X450 3500 No Java 2

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