A row of Galaxy S6 edge smartphones are seen on display at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 1, 2015.
[Representative Image] In Pic: A row of Galaxy S6 edge smartphones are seen on display at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 1, 2015.REUTERS/Albert Gea

India's apex trade body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)  has released a report predicting smartphone sales growth for the next year.

With a huge influx of affordable feature-rich smartphones into the market, smartphone sales in the country are set to increase from 100 million units in 2016 to 160 million next year with a healthy 60 percent growth.

ASSOCHAM's study revealed close to 75 percent of the smartphone sales is taking place in tier-1 and tier-2 cities in India.

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It has also come to light that smartphones have severely affected the digital camera business in India. Around 95 percent consumers prefer smartphones over digital cameras, as the former are more affordable and come with cameras decent enough for good-quality images as well as video.

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Compact camera sales declined 35 percent compared to the previous year. Its numbers are expected to keep shrinking in the coming years, the report added.

It's not just digital cameras: Even the PC (Personal Computer) and MP3 player sales have declined due to the advent of smartphones.

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"The technology is changing at such a fast pace that the product developers have to think ahead of times; or else the top selling products of the present times can become outdated, without the manufacturers and those dominating the market today realising it, " ASSOCHAM Secretary D S Rawat said in the statement.

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