Numbers are coming out of New Delhi comparing the sales volume of smartphones in India for the first half of 2014. Motorola, thanks to stellar sales of the Moto G, have shot past Nokia to become the fourth largest handset manufacturer in the country.
Considering the success of the Moto G around the globe, it is no surprise that Motorola has seen success in device sales in India. The remarkable part here is that Motorola scraped by with just 379,310 device sales in the first quarter, but more than tripled overall YTD shipments up to 1.33 million units thanks to Q2 sales.
The overall smartphone industry is doing well in India, with Q2 sales reportedly up nine percent over Q1 2014. Rounding out the top five device manufacturers shows Samsung with 8.5 million units YTD, Micromax at 5.8 million, Karbonn cleaning up third spot with 2.3 million, Motorola enjoying growth at 1.33 million and Nokia just getting edged out at 1.21 million.
We are fans of Motorola’s line of devices right now, offering the Moto X, a Rs 23,999, 4.7-inch 720p display, 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM with 10MP camera handset that introduced us to “OK, Google” from anywhere functionality. At the bottom of the price range, the Moto E, the budget device of budget devices, a powerful little unit that sells for just Rs 6,999.
Completing the list of Motorola devices available in India, and most of the rest of the globe at that, is the ever premium-feeling budget priced Moto G. A 4.5-inch 720p display backed by the Snapdragon 400 processor on 1GB of RAM with a 5MP camera. It may not sound like much, but trust us, just like the Moto E, it flies, and is well worth every penny for most Android users. Have I strung you along long enough for that price drop? Sure I have, here it goes:
Motorola has reportedly reduced the price of the Moto G in India by Rs 2,000 this week. Get your hands on the 8GB model for Rs 10,499 and the 16GB model for Rs 11,999. For those looking for the conversion, that is roughly US$172 and US$197. Don’t wait, this is a limited time sale.
We’ll be eager to see what Q3 and the second half of the year look like for Motorola in India. There is an LTE version of the Moto G finding its way to store shelves around the globe and a rumored Moto X+1 on the way, but Motorola will, for now, have to ride out their current devices, which is no disservice to consumers at all.