Spreadtrum's new single-core chip could usher an era of dirt-cheap, entry-level smartphones
3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 791; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I would want a phone running on this chip. Should be something I can actually afford
4. csoulr666 (Posts: 93; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
While this is a good proposition for making dirt cheap phones, I don't see people buying this stuff, since an average consumer goes by the "The more cores the better" principle
5. Doakie (Posts: 1320; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Did you even read the article? "500 million people will be purchasing a smartphone in 2014, just in China and India. Of those, the study estimates that 400 million of those will be first-time buyers." This isn't focused on us (USA buyers) who are spec conscious. There is a very large world out there you know...
9. csoulr666 (Posts: 93; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
I know about that, I live in India and I know how the people buy phones here. Any one who wants a new phone from a local manufacturer firstly looks for a quad core processor, whatever the make of it is. Which has led to a large boost in smartphone sales. There is still a portion of people who actually don't prefer smartphones yet just because of the fact that they want their phones to just make calls.
I'd say it will take atleast 2 or more years till people from rural areas will consider smartphones(atleast in my country)
7. Chris.P (Posts: 302; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
You need to understand that a very big portion of the world still doesn't have access to affordable enough smartphones. I assure you, for them the choice isn't between a single- or a dual-core phone, but between a smartphone or no smartphone. These chips, these kinds of phones, they are not targeted at the US or Europe, nor the richer parts of Asia.
10. csoulr666 (Posts: 93; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
I do understand. My focus was oriented towards sub-urban areas, that's where phones with these chips are targeted for. People in rural areas in parts of Asia would still go for feature phones atleast for a few more years in my opinion.
8. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Good, finally the people in developed countries will be able to access the online world.