#MWC10: €100 Symbian smartphones promised for later this year
Only a couple of days after Symbian^3 was officially launched (as the first free and open source version of Symbian), Symbian Foundation’s Executive Director, Mr. Lee Williams, declared that “a few” Symbian handsets scheduled for 2010 will retail for only €100 (about $138).
Lee Williams didn’t provide more details, but since the €100 smartphones will almost certainly run Symbian^3, they should be released starting the second half of 2010 (and they’ll most probably be made by Nokia).
At the moment, the cheapest Nokia Symbian smartphones retail for around €130 (unsubsidized) – handsets like the Nokia 5230 pictured below.
Most (if not all) smartphone makers are expected to lower the prices of their devices throughout 2010, helped by chip makers like Qualcomm and Infineon, which should cut manufacturing costs.