Russian mobile phone market contracts 2% in Q1

Sales of mobile phones in Russia dropped by 2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to 8.2 million devices, according to a study from J'son & Partners Consulting, reported by Cnews.ru. According to data from the mobile retail chain Svyaznoy, smartphone sales totaled around 5.8 million units in January-March, up by 7 percent. Mobile operator Megafon estimates the market grew by 6 percent, and the smartphone market volume was up 2 percent according to J'son & Partners Consulting. Apple led smartphone sales in Russia in the first quarter, followed by LG, Asus and Lenovo.


Tablet sales decreased by 37 percent to 1.1 million units in Q1, according to the study from J'son & Partners Consulting. The market is down 50 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014. 
The average retail price of a smartphone grew to RUB 12,000 in Q1, while the amount of LTE devices sold increased by 42 percent. The share of Windows Phone-based smartphones declined to 2.4 percent. Smartphones formed 70 percent of all handset sales in units.