Xiaomi’s entry-level Redmi 6A was the best-selling phone in India in Q1 2019, while its Redmi Note 6 Pro was the best-performing model in the Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 price segment during the same period, according to data released by Counterpoint Research. In fact, “six out of the top ten models,” sold in India during the first half of 2019 were from Xiaomi – even as the company continues to dominate India’s smartphone market with a 43 per cent market share. Samsung trails with 15 per cent, while Realme follows with 11 per cent market share.
The sheer dominance of an entry-level phone like the Redmi 6A isn’t surprising since with it, Xiaomi has been targeting first time smartphone users, or users making a switch from feature phones – and that number is sizeable in India. And for that audience, the Redmi 6A is a good buy with an exhaustive feature set and affordable pricing.
The Redmi 6A successor, aka Redmi 7A has been already launched in China – and rumour has it that Xiaomi may bring it to India by mid-July alongside the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro phones. Since Xiaomi is known to keep pricing largely constant, it is expected that the Redmi 7A will be priced similar to what the Redmi 6A costs in India.
The key highlight, this year, is the phone’s P2i hydrophobic coating. Xiaomi is using watertight seals for all the points considered weak for a smartphone. These watertight seals, in turn, will ensure the device is protected against accidental spillage and light rain. All this when coupled with the phone’s P2i hydrophobic coating makes the Redmi 7A resistant to light splashes of water/rain. This should make the Redmi 7A the cheapest phone with splash-resistance in India.
As for the Redmi Note 6 Pro successor, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has been launched in India – and it has been doing well, if Xiaomi’s sales figures are anything to go by. Xiaomi says it has sold 20 lakh Redmi Note 7-series phones in India in two months - this includes Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro. Xiaomi has now discotinued the Redmi Note 7 and launched the Redmi Note 7S in its place.