As Chinese companies start to take over, do you think phone prices will come down over time?
JanSt / MOD
Jun. 27, 2014 at 08:39
Yes... because Japan entering the car markets of Europe and America really mad cars cheap.
I mean: NO.
The vast majority of smartphones sold are already cheap bangers. It's the flagships that get all the horny attention, because, you know, how cool to blog about the Vodafone Smart 3
You can buy generic ibuprofen and cornflakes... Doesn't hurt the pirstes at Kellogs or Nurofen much. People are people.
Jun. 28, 2014 at 08:58
They already are, the Moto G is always around £100, it's Quad Core with 720p Display.
Similar China Phone is something like the Cubot GT99 which costs around £80 but that excludes VAT (which brings it up to £96).
Then there's warranty to factor in, an repair needed you'll be sending a china phone back to china at a cost of roughly £25-30
We will be seeing a more competitive phone market soon though due to a wide range of economic reasons.
For example Sony is looking at releasing MediaTek based phones in the coming year.
Also, for most manufacturers, sales are down for year on year which could end up with a downward trend on smartphone prices. We've already got Nexus 5 for £250, Xperia Z Ultra for £250 and LG G2 for £285.
JanSt / MOD
Jun. 28, 2014 at 09:16
but I interpreted the OP's question to be in reference to the high-end as in "expensive"
I do not see that happening. It's obviously a perception thing... In many regards the Moto G is fairly high-end. But the price of iPhones or the top Galaxy of the month will not go down. I don't think so, anyways. I rather think that the rush towards the high-end is slowing down.
And mind you, most people buy their phone on contract. They have no idea what their phone would cost sim-free.
And here in Ireland, e.g., judging by on-contract prices, people could think an iPhone 5S costs as much as a Lumia 925 or iPhone Z10...
Anyhoo. There's always gonna be a bunch of really expensive devices.
They will add minute 'innovations' and hardware details to justify
a price 3 times as high as that of a very competent budget blower such as the Moto G of today.
Always been like that.
I remember when Blackberry's top dog was the Bold 9780.
It was a tad fast than the next model down that cost half as much.
Jun. 28, 2014 at 09:25
I don't think the high end market is going anywhere. Samsung, Apple and the like are always going to have that one premium smartphone over £500.
But what we are starting to see is the emergence of the "Super Mid" market which is phones with similar high end specs but at low affordable prices. We're already seeing this with Nexus devices, Motorola devices etc...
I expect this market to grow and we're going to see more and more people buying these mid/high end phones at budget prices. And this is going to be thanks to cheaper high end and low power solutions from Qualcomm, Mediatek and others.
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