Chinese phone makers starting to build sub-$50 3G Android phones

Chinese phone makers starting to build sub-$50 3G Android phones
When it comes to prices, no mobile operating system can beat Android - starting from as low as $100 and going to as high as you can imagine, the platform is present in every price segment and in the last year or so it’s been actively pushing feature phones out of the market. No wonder - phones like the Samsung Galaxy Y and more recently the Galaxy Pocket have lowered the entry point for Androids to around $100, and if we speak about white box manufacturers the price has gone much lower than that. 

Now, however, it’s getting even cheaper, in the ultra low-end territory as Chinese phone makers are starting to make 3G-enabled cheap devices with prices below $50 or around 300 Chinese yuan, according to a report by DigiTimes.

This won’t get you a dual-core processor just yet nor a high-res screen, but you’d still have a smartphone with 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi and GPS. Now, chances are initially those devices will be China-only - the world’s biggest countries definitely needs affordable handsets more than others, but in the long term this will without a doubt push the price further down for others as well.

Those devices are still likely to feature QVGA displays and sub-par cameras, but if we go below $50 for Android smartphones in the coming year, we are starting to wonder what will come in a couple more years. A fascinating future, don’t you think?

source: DigiTimes via IntoMobile



2. evolutionqy7

Posts: 38; Member since: May 27, 2011

We have a carrier specific smartphones for around 60 euros in Ireland. Vodafone Smart 2 got 3G WiFi Bt 800 MHz processor. Some of the galaxy mini's dropped the price to 80 euro. What's the big deal about this???

4. Ronoc039

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

I think the idea is that these phones are not linked to any carrier and sold unlocked...

3. Ronoc039

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

One more bump in the road as nokia tries to hold onto the cheap phone market...

5. Aeires unregistered

The death of the feature phone, sorta. If it wasn't for data plans, it would be a complete death.

6. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Galaxy Y is the new 3310. I just observed.

7. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

haha true!! when you look at people hands now a days, you'll see a galaxy y...

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

if these phone makers could at least make 1ghz processor nad 3.5" capacitive screen... samsung will be really going to be upset... :)

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