Affordable smartphones were 28% of all sold in 2012, to grow to 46% in six years

Affordable smartphones were 28% of all sold in 2012, to grow to 46% in six years
Smartphones priced at under $250 made up 28% of all sold in 2012, but their penetration will only grow and they are expected to constitute 46% of smartphones sold in 2018, according to ABI Research.

So while smartphones have undergone explosive growth in the last couple of years, there is some interesting segmentation within them. Low-cost smartphones - devices priced at under $250 - will increase from 259 million in 2013 to 788 million in 2018. At the same time, mid-range devices (sold for $250 to $400) and high-end smartphones will grow from 635 million to 925 million by 2018.

“As the feature phone segment continues to lose its battle for relevance, the low-cost smartphone has become the tool for operators seeking to drive increased data revenues,” ABI Research senior analyst Michael Morgan said.

source: ABI Research

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10 Comments

1. FlushGordon unregistered

With the advent of cheap but capable China phones...no way I'm going to splurge another $650 when my Note 2 dies.....my $180 720p iMobile is just as capable...coz I don't play a lot pf games

2. starandmountain

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

i think many people in the future will think like this, the same is already going on with the tablets(nexus and other small tablets). You can almost do the same with chinese phones as with popular brand phones. Many people, especialy the older people don't use every feature a phone has.

3. FlushGordon unregistered

Exactly...cheap Chinese phones of today have MONSTER specs in them...something that Apple iphone owners could only dream of having. Why pay $600-$700 when a knock off brand whicht costs only a fraction of it can do just as good Its the same innards...minus the brand name.

4. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I'd rather pay for more well known brands rather than cheap chinese s**t. Would stick to Samsung, Sony, HTC etc if i want an android phone. China milks the hell out of their underpaid workers, thats why they can charge so low for their phones.

5. starandmountain

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

i hope the fierce competition can bring the prices of samsung's, htc's and other's prices down:D, there will come a time that they don't have choice i think

6. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

and don't forget the support. after they sell the mobile, whatever happens,its up to you to repair. OUCH

8. starandmountain

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

There you've got a point. But i think the European Commission will help the european consumers. I also didn't it counts for me but a lot of people will go for cheaper phones. Still enjoying my note2

7. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Everything in the tech world does not have to do with hating Apple. You do realize that people that like Apple could care less about cheap smartphones. They just want Apple products. Get over it.

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Look, a friend of mine has a Galaxy S3 chinese clone, he paid 179 eur for it, or something like that. The problem is that quality is not comparable at all: camera is awful, performance is not the same, the screen only has the same size, but the resolution is low and colors are awful. So, remember that you get what you pay for, anyway I agree that if you don't need the high-quality delivered by premium brands you can easily get away with a china-phone.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Meh I have my doubt, I'd rather just get a nexus out for Google play for 100 more and enjoy that having to deal with unknown brands and its issues, so far the to top small ones Alcatel wawei or whatever that's called have lacked support from the companies and compromise

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