Well, I waited for all major smartphone announcements to be made before writing this piece. And now that the V30+ has been announced I think it is the perfect time to see how each brand fared this year. This list is in no particular order because I don’t want to start a pointless debate in the comments. Remember this is just my opinion and you are free to have your own opinion about tech as well. These are the top smartphone brands of 2017 in India.
Saying that Huawei performed very well in this year would be an understatement. They launched some great smartphones for pretty amazing prices like the honor 9i and the recently launched 7x. And the sales numbers have been pretty amazing as well.According to Huawei, the 7x was sold out within seconds of going on sale. Apart from the budget smartphones Huawei also released the honor 8 pro which was also offered very good value for the specs. The only downside of their smartphones is the UI which has improved a lot but still is one of the heavier Android skins on the market. Having such a heavy skin also results in slow updates which can be quite irritating. But overall, this company has made some amazing strides in the budget segment, giving tough competition to the likes of Xiaomi, which is the next brand on our list.
Boy, what a year this company has had in India.Becoming the #1 smartphone brand in India with a whopping 9.2 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2017. And for good reason, they have made some amazing smartphones while keeping the costs as low as possible. It is quite apparent that they are looking to capitalize on the recent boom in the smartphone market by setting up their own factories in India. They are also partially responsible for the recent bezel-less trend in the smartphones industry as they were the one who first experimented with the Mi Mix and also launched its successor in India. The Mi Mix 2 is arguably the best-looking smartphone in the 30-40k segment. And with the announcement of the redmi 5 and redmi 5 plus, I’d say they are only going to do better next year.
Moving from one Chinese manufacturer to another, this has been another great year for Oneplus in India. This company is probably the tech enthusiast’s go-to smartphone brand because of the amount of feedback the company actually collects from the fans. I remember Carl Pei tweeting out a poll on whether the fans wanted the headphone jack in the 5T or not. And obviously, they retained the headphone jack with the poll getting 85% votes in favour of keeping the jack. While we are on the topic of headphone jacks, do check out our article on the removal of headphone jack from major smartphones. Coming back to Oneplus, another reason for their success is sticking to their two smartphones a year policy. This company is one which was created by tech enthusiasts and to this day, stays true to its roots
Even though it shared its No.1 brand spot with xiaomi this year. Samsung continues to be the common man’s smartphone brand of choice because of the name they have established over the years. Their flagships have been great and the Note 8 is probably the best overall smartphone of the year. They made great phones and released them in India in time for Diwali with a very strong marketing campaign unlike other smartphone brands ( I’m looking at you LG ). One negative would be to stop trying to mimic everything Google does. Overall, another great year from a great manufacturer.
I’m not a huge Apple fan but you have to understand that one company doesn’t become this huge for no reason. Their customer service is the best in the market and their smartphones also have a longer shelf life as they get updated even after 3 years of their launch. And they don’t miss any opportunities when it comes to making money. They still make great smartphones but also make sure that the value of the Apple logo is not diminished. iOS 11 which still has a lot of bugs and the INSANE pricing are the only reasons I don’t recommend Apple smartphones to the average consumer.