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Samsung Galaxy SIII at the top of the heap: TMI Survey

Indian mobile consumers are showing an inclination towards bigger screens.

For many in India, it seems that a smartphone is a device based on the Android operating system (OS). This can be gauged by the fact that all the major handset majors – except Nokia, Apple and BlackBerry – including the Indian brands have at least one Android smartphone in their portfolio. This consumer sentiment is also reflected in the Handset Hotlist survey (August 2012) of The Mobile Indian (www.themobileindian.com), as 18 out of the most searched for 25 handsets are based on the Android platform.

In this month’s survey, Nokia’s C5 03 relinquished its numero one position to Samsung Galaxy SIII after occupying the slot for a record nine consecutive months. In this Hotlist survey, Nokia C5 03 was the eighth most searched smartphone.

The second position was bagged by Sony Xperia Go which made its entry into the list soon after its launch. Also, this month’s Handset Hotlist saw 13 new entrants of which nine were Android based handsets while one each were based on S40, Java, Belle and BlackBerry OS 6.
Samsung Galaxy SIII
In the Handset Hotlist for August 2012, 11 of the top 25 handsets are from Samsung, four from Sony Mobiles, three each from Nokia and LG Mobiles, two from HTC, and one each from Micromax and BlackBerry.

Commenting on the survey, a spokesperson of The Mobile Indian, said, “In India, smartphones based on Android 2.3 operating system are still the most sought after because most handset marketers have not rolled out Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).”

The spokesperson further added, “The mobile internet experience seems to be among the top priorities for Indian mobile consumers and this explains why eight of the handsets featured this month have a screen size of 4 inch or bigger.”

Besides Android, consumers also showed interest in phones with good camera capabilities. According to the survey’s findings, as many as 18 of the top 25 most searched phones come with a camera resolution of 5 megapixel or more. Little wonder that the leader of camera phones, the Nokia 808 Pureview which comes with a 41 mega pixel resolution, bagged the fourth place in the list.

The Handset Hotlist survey (August 2012) is based on a study of online preferences of about one million people who visited the website (themobileindian.com) in July 2012 and searched for and viewed information about mobiles on the site’s ‘Compare Mobiles’ section, which lists about 2,000 models. In this month’s Hotlist we have introduced a popularity index, where the number one handset has 100 per cent popularity.

Top 25 Handset Hotlist for May 2012

Rank July Last report Change Brand Model Price (in Rs.) Popularity Index
1 7 6 Samsung Samsung Galaxy SIII 37500 100.0
2 NA NEW Sony Mobiles Sony Xperia Go 18500 62.1
3 NA NEW Nokia Nokia 808 PureView 31000 57.5
4 NA NEW BlackBerry BlackBerry Porsche Design P9981 133990 51.0
5 NA NEW Nokia Nokia Asha 305 4700 42.9
6 5 -1 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Y Duos 8900 42.1
7 4 -3 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 7000 40.4
8 1 -7 Nokia Nokia C5-03 8500 38.3
9 6 -3 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Pocket 6190 38.3
10 NA NEW Sony Mobiles Sony Xperia Neo L 14000 37.8
11 18 7 Samsung Samsung Star 3 Duos WiFi 5390 37.4
12 8 -4 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus 15500 37.2
13 12 -1 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos 11900 36.6
14 NA NEW LG Mobiles LG T375 Cookie Smart 4600 35.8
15 17 2 Samsung Samsung Wave Y S5380 6300 32.8
16 NA NEW Micromax Micromax Superfone A56 5900 31.2
17 NA NEW LG Mobiles LG Optimus 4X HD 35000 28.9
18 NA NEW HTC HTC Desire C 13650 28.3
19 15 -9 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 10000 27.7
20 NA NEW LG Mobiles LG Optimus L5 13000 27.7
21 NA NEW Samsung Samsung Galaxy S Advance 19500 25.3
22 11 -10 HTC HTC One V 17000 24.4
23 NA NEW Sony Mobiles Sony Xperia U 12750 24.3
24 NA NEW Sony Mobiles Sony Xperia S 28000 0.0
25 25 0 Samsung Samsung Champ Deluxe Duos C3312 3890 0.0

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