After excluding large education projects of over 10,000 units, the market still grew 10.9 per cent year-on-year, IDC said.
In the second quarter of this year, Huawei held a 11.3 percent market share, shipping 38.5 million units, IDC data show. Apple meanwhile shipped 41 million iPhones and had a 12 percent market share in the same period.
A much-speculated 10.5-inch iPad didn't materialize, nor did new versions of iPad Pros aimed at businesses and creative professionals.
Smartphone shipment in the country remained almost flat at 25.8 million units in the October-December 2016 quarter compared to the year-ago period, impacted by demonetisation and seasonal slowdown after festive sales, research firm IDC said.
OPPO, Huawei, and Vivo lead other smartphone brands in China in 2016, latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report said.
Shares of the world's largest chipmaker rose 2.2 percent to USD38.38 in extended trading on Thursday.
According to IDC's report, the slowdown was seen across all city tiers, with a de-growth of 31.7 percent in tier I cities and 29.5 percent in tier II, III and IV cities in November over October.
Among all, Lenovo saw its shipment volume rise to the second only after Samsung in the third quarter last year, state-run China Daily quoted global research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) survey as saying.
Taking the 'Make in India' initiative, proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a step ahead, Apple has discussed the possibility of manufacturing its products in the country, reports Business Standard.
Even though the smartwatch market took a tumble this quarter, basic wearables -- comprising fitness bands and accounting for 85 percent of the market -- experienced double-digit growth, it said.
Responding to an email from Reuters, Cook said the gadget's sell-through - a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers' shelves - reached a new high.
HMD Global, which has struck a 10-year brand licensing agreement with Nokia for mobile phones and tablets, will launch a slew of devices globally in the first half of 2017.
The ongoing cash crisis is expected to pull down feature phone shipments sharply by 24.6 percent and that of smartphone by 17.5 percent during the quarter compared to the previous three-month period.
"The tablet market is seeing a decline in consumer demand, and although the commercial and detachable segments are seeing growth, that is not enough to offset the softness in the consumer space," Karthik J, Senior Market Analyst, Client Devices, IDC India told PTI.
According to IDC's quarterly mobile phone tracker, 29.1 million smartphones were shipped to India in the third quarter of 2015. The shipment was higher by 17.4 percent than April- June 2016 quarter when shipment stood at 27.5 million units.
In contrast, shipment was up sequentially in the reported period at 9.8 per cent over the second quarter of 2016 as the bigger vendors prepared for the holiday quarter, IDC said in its preliminary data report.
TCS earned the top position on the 2016 IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings for the second consecutive year after maintaining a top-ten ranking for the past ten years.
However, consumer sentiment was good and going forward, this segment is expected to pick up in coming quarters, with festive mood in India gathering traction, IDC said in a report.
Besides, the market share in terms of units sold of the company surged in second quarter, making it the third largest smartphone brand in India, with share of 7.7 per cent, the report by IDC said.
"Consumer spending throughout the quarter remained lukewarm. However, owing to seasonality, the quarter ended up with a positive momentum," IDC India Senior Market Analyst Client Devices Manish Yadav said.
The shipments have revived after two successive quarters of decline. Handset makers had shipped 23.5 million units in the first quarter of this year.
Apple remained the market leader with an estimated 47 percent market share, but sales fell by more than half from the same period last year to 1.6 million, according to IDC.
An emerging trend of mobile firms calling hordes of 'fans' to their press conferences on June 30 saw the crowd turning unruly at an event of Chinese handset maker Xiaomi and police had to intervene in the matter
Smartphone shipments in the country shrank by 8.2 percent to 23.5 million units in January-March 2016 from 25.6 million units in the preceding three-month period, declining consecutively for two quarters, research firm IDC said.
The report by research firm IDC said the worldwide smartphone market saw its slowest growth on record of 0.2 percent, with shipments totalling 334.9 million.