India’s smartphone mkt grew 18% in Q1, segment expected to witness slowdown in Q2: IDC

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 | PTI | New Delhi

Smartphone shipment in the country clocked 18 per cent year-on-year growth in the March quarter, but the April-June quarter period is expected to face growth challenges under the weight of the second wave of infections, research firm IDC said on Tuesday.

Smartphone shipment grew 18 per cent to 38 million units in the March 2021 quarter over the year-ago period, but declined by 14 per cent from the December 2020 quarter.

While the vaccine roll-out programme at the beginning of the year instilled positive sentiments, the onset of the second wave of COVID-19 infections towards the end of the quarter resulted in subdued consumer demand, IDC said.

Thus, the inventory cycle – which had shrunk earlier in the second half of 2020 – started to get longer since the middle of the first quarter of 2021, it added.

“The April-June quarter is expected to face growth challenges under the weight of the second wave of infections. However, the high shipments from the first quarter should be able to suffice for the immediate demand,” IDC India Research Director, Client Devices, and IPDS Navkendar Singh said.

IDC estimates the impact to be less pronounced compared with last year, with factories being operational now and only limited restrictions on logistics/transportation and state-level lockdowns instead of a nationwide lockdown, he added.

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