Globally, the smartphone market is in turmoil. Smartphone shipments worldwide have dropped for seven consecutive quarters now, and there’s little evidence that a rebound is in sight. India, however, has been something of an anomaly. Not only has it remained a rare bright spot—the second quarter of 2019 saw record smartphone shipments—but it’s seeing growth in the unlikeliest of areas: the premium segment.

India’s premium smartphone segment—devices priced above Rs 30,000—grew 33% in the second quarter of 2019, according to smartphone market research firm Counterpoint Research.