Motorola's president and COO claims the “days of the $600-$700 smartphone are numbered”

Motorola's president and COO claims the “days of the $600-$700 smartphone are numbered”
Motorola already renovated its portfolio with the new Moto X and Moto G troopers, as well as its compelling Moto 360 wearable. If we judge by last year's crop of Motorola smartphones, their refreshed successors will most probably give the competition a pretty hard time. It's not only Motorola though – the top smartphone makers on the smartphone market are also being undermined by various named and unnamed China-based rivals, as if the competition from the likes of Motorola is not enough.

It seems that Motorola might be basking in a wave of confidence that 2014's Moto G and Moto X will not fail deliver. The president and chief operating officer of Motorola, Rick Osterloh, claimed that as per his own observations, the top-end line of smartphones is in serious trouble.

The reason for this is that more and more manufacturers begin to offer some pretty power-laden devices at affordable prices, the current dominating players of the smartphone market are in trouble. Samsung, the still-largest smartphone producer, is the living evidence for this – the giant has been experiencing a lot of financial conundrums throughout the year, the most recent being the plunging shares of the company.

What do you make of Rick Osterloh's words?

source: Android Authority

Related phones

Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh
Moto G (2014)
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2070 mAh



1. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Ofcourse they are. People all over the world go poorer, due to recession, and smarter

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Phones should not cost more than $500.

14. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

No, phones shouldn't cost more than 350-400. A crippled mobile device should never exceed the cost of a full computer with all of it's bells and whistles. I also welcome the days of cheaper devices because hopefully it will force the issue of buying phones direct, instead of through a carrier. Thereby allowing us to have full access to the phones services. (Unlocked BL's, etc). When one buy's something there shouldn't be a lock on it. That would be like buying a house and not being able to go into one of the rooms because the previous owners locked the door and told you that you couldn't. Ummmm, I bought the house, I'll do with it what I dang well please. Screw the carriers and their asinine policies.

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, I thought the same but for all of the top notch specs like flagship devices with 128GB storage considered, it should be less than $500.

30. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Easy pal, there are numerous phones below that price point. What really matters is "how's the phone?".

32. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Is buying an Iphone a part of paying tax in America? Iphone buyers purchase the phone as if its mandatory and carries a sentence if you don't buy it.

38. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

let me tell yoy something, for example the iPhone is more expensive in Mexico than USA

42. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

taxes and exporting and shipping and of course less sales, result in higher costs.

45. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Mexico Asamble iphones, so why you shoudl pay exporting fees?

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And the indian guys trolled poor Motorola yesterday for Moto X being expensive (which it isn't) lol.

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Feel free to compare it with the mi4, heck mi3 only cost rs15k cheaper than Moto g Indian are smart when it comes to comparison

9. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

It's not expensive, but personally I felt the HTC one E8 is a better choice at that price. But both phones pale when compared to the bang for the buck Mi3 and One plus one provide.

17. srprashant91

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

32K for a phone with only 16 gigs of onboard memory is over priced period. I would even overlook the shortcomings of the camera a battery life. Whats the point of offering 4K video when u are offering only 16 gigs of which only 12 gigs is ususable?

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7599; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is a 32gb moto x as well. Not to mention for $50, just get a Sandisk Connect that will give you remote access to a micro SD slot for not only the moto x, but any Android, iOS, PC or laptop. You can just leave it on your key chain. Also the moto x supports USB otg.

5. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I have to agree. Even though smartphones are big part of our life already, but man $700USD for a phone is a big price for it. Nexus 5 works just fine and only cost like 325. Let's wait for a few more years lol.

21. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The prices should come down but the $350 range of the Nexus phones are due to Google selling it for a really low profit and instead make money off of ads and businesses related to it. Phones may cost $150 - 250 to make but that doesn't factor in marketing, warehousing, distribution channels and support (however limited). I think $500 is fair for a flagship mini computer that also makes phone calls and OTA messages. They just better earn that price point by actually being a flagship with top notch components. Budget phones obviously won't be so scrutinized but they should have a price to match. Laptops manage to be cheap is due to those things being subsidized by Windows bundling and various trial programs. The whole device doesn't have to be inspected by the FCC, just the individual parts that pertain to communication.

37. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I agree with you. Just look at apple. Their phones cost $200 to make. But still they sell it for $1000 or more based on diff countries. This kind of profit is absurd. They can sell it for $400 and still make double profti of what they spent. Same goes for all the other manufacturers. But the thing is that people are still spending that kind of money and as long as they continue to spent, prices will not go down.

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

He's right. People are realizing that paying 700 bucks for a smartphone isn't worth since you get same and even more functionality with something that is priced 300-400 dollars. But of course there are a lot of people who want fruit logos on the back of their phones, and they will keep on paying 700-1000 dollars for it. But I still feel, even though Apple are reaping profits like never before and selling iPhones faster than hot cakes, their current business model is bound to doom them one day.

11. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014


24. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm predicting a massive dive in sales next year. Phones are getting more affordable excluding the iPhone brand, and everyone that's wanted a bigger display will have gotten it this year. Many of the people who bought phones this year will wait till their two year contract is up prior to buying a new model, because lets face it, buying an iPhone off contract for the majority of the world is unreasonable. People will lock themselves into a two year contract this year causing them to pass up next year's iPhone release, causing the massive drop is sales. Make sure you sell your stocks before then.

7. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Totally agree. It's absurd to spend $700 on a phone only for it to be replaced one year later.

8. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

People will keep buying expensive smartphone to differentiate them-self from the "poor"/"middle class" people. Look at the iPhone, it is already considered to be a "status symbol" in the society. It doesn't matter how pricey the iPhone is (actually the more pricey the iPhone is the more it will consolidate itself as the status symbol) people will buy it. You have to consider the power of "Symbol". Apple establish itself as the most 'premium' electric company in the world and people will keep buying their 650-1100$ smartphone for their 'premium' status. The power of apple logo /symbol will keep them-self alive for a long time.

10. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

So true .

12. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

let those stupid arse, believe that a smartphone that gets old is a status symbol. social climbers only believes that for example, iphone is a status symbol to be brag about. A status symbol should be timeless, boundless, and doesn't decrease its value in short amount of time, like expensive bags, expensive jewelries, expensive cars, not a techonology that gets old and become half a price 1 or 2 years later. Yes you're right it still gonna sell, but someday, only few stupid people will gonna buy insanely expensive smartphones like that effin fruit. I brag my smartphone not because it is expensive, but it's about value for the money

13. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Why settle less when you're capable to pay extra, I don't see anything wrong for do so, especially the one percenter

15. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

sorry, I can't understand what are you pointing out. But I'll try to reply how I'd understand your reply. "why settle less when you're capable to pay extra" for me, paying extra should be equal to the amount I could get, for example, is paying extra, for your car insurance. but in the case of smartphone, even I'm so insanely rich, I wouldn't buy such an expensive phone that I know I couldn't get what I pay for and I know it will be outdated for short amount of time, I wouldn't mind buying a expensive tv coz it will last long, and very expensive cars, but for smartphone? nah.. it's not very practical.

16. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

One percenter will think otherwise, unless us the 99%, one percenter pay extra to differentiate themselves. Even if you ask them to buy outside Apple, probably Vertu and bb Porsche suits them, other brands to them are designed for poverty like us. Paying extra already equal the amount that one percenter get, to differentiate themselves compared to us, discrimination is nature just like we against Apple

33. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

That is only true on paper, World report says otherwise. Apple only sell 33% of phones last year. After launch weekends ,apple sales starts to diminish each 1/4 every year.

19. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If this Motorola chief's claim is true, how come some millions of people are still splurging much on the new iPhone 6 duo with the most expensive price tags?

20. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Tell that to Samsung and Sony, just because moto makes their crap phones affordable doesn't mean everyone else will

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