$82 Android 4.2 smartphone with 4.3” 720p display, 8mpx camera, 1GB of RAM and 1.3GHz quad-core CPU

How much do you think a mid-range Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone with 4.3” 720p screen, 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in memory, micro-SD memory card slot, 8 megapixel main and 2 megapixel front camera, and 2200 mAh battery should cost?

$200, $150?

How about $82 or 499 Yuan? That’s the price one Chinese OEM will offer their new G2F smartphone for:

S82 smartphone

Granted, the phone will only be available in China. But if they are able to get to $80 price level for a perfectly capable mid-range Android smartphone over there, how long until similar $120-$150 smartphones make it to Europe and the rest of the world?

Xiaomi already sells similar Red Rice smartphone for $130, and will soon start an aggressive international expansion. At this rate of improvement, in a year or two we will have Nexus 4/Samsung Galaxy S3 level devices available for $100-150, unsubsidized.

And given that Galaxy S3 is already good enough to start negatively affecting SGS4 sales, I wonder what will happen to the high end Android devices then.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • SkyeGabor

    It has Lots of good apps and facility in the Smart Phone.

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  • z1george

    It will be marketed with 2G GSM and chinese 3G called TDSCMA. The western WCDMA version is expected only in spring 2014.
    But basically your point about about 2015 is correct.
    Basically if Goog and Samsung will have “disagreements”, Google could produce the Nexus 6 or 7 by a chinese OEM and sell it online in 180 countries for 200$ or less, unlocked. Now that could shift the balance of power to the end users , away from Sammy and the carriers.