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