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Selfie-friendly smartphones become bestsellers as compact camera sales nosedive

Selfie-friendly smartphones become bestsellers as compact camera sales nosedive

NEW DELHI | KOLKATA: This should interest India’s prime minister — selfiefriendly smartphones and accessories are among the fastest-selling items in India’s ever-expanding phone market. 

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And, correspondingly, cheap digital cameras, until recently an Indian consumer favourite, are fast losing ground. Selfie-loving Narendra Modi’s latest photo is of himself and Australian PM Tony Abbot, heads together and smiling away.  buy doxycycline

Young Indians buying phones designed for taking the best selfie may have a few suggestions for the PM on how to take the best selfie.

Selfie phones that help you take the best photo of yourself come with better quality front cameras — 5 megapixel and above. Sony, Nokia, Gionee, Panasonic, Micromax, Karbonn and Lava have launched selfie smartphones over the last couple of months. And the big two at the top end — Apple and Samsung — have vastly improved the quality of their front cameras.

Despite being a new entrant, selfiefriendly phones accounted for over 4 per cent of India’s 23-million smartphone market in the July-September quarter, according to data from Counterpoint Research. Experts say the trend will get stronger. 

Data from Mobile Store, India’s largest phone retailer, shows big jump in selfie phone sales – from 2-3 per cent about a quarter ago to 10-11 per cent of total sales on a daily basis.

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Popularised globally by the Korean, Chinese and Japanese selfie brigade, the selfie stick is now among India’s two best-selling phone accessories, the other being the memory stick. The affordability factor too has helped in pushing up their sales. The selfie stick costs about Rs 2,000 – a modest sum for those who love taking their own photos. And selfie phones come at a wide variety of prices – from Lava Iris X5 at Rs 8,600 to Sony Xperia C3 at Rs 19,000.

 

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Source (economic times)

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