Shipments of smartphones priced under $200 expected to soar between now and 2018

Shipments of smartphones priced under $200 expected to soar between now and 2018
With low-priced handsets like the Nokia Lumia 520 and its T-Mobile branded twin (the Nokia Lumia 521) selling out in the U.S. and attracting huge demand globally, even Apple has seen the light and is expected to introduce the low-cost Apple iPhone 5C possibly as soon as September. But there is a big difference between a phone like the Lumia 520 and the rumored iPhone 5C. The former sells lock, stock and barrel for less than $150 while analysts expect the low-cost Apple iPhone to carry a price tag in the range of $300 to $400.

According to ABI Research, it is going to be those smartphones priced at less than $200 that will see an incredible growth rate between now and 2018. For this year, ABI sees 238 million sub-$200 smartphones shipping. By 2018, that number is expected to rise to 758 million units. Led by MediaTek's lower priced silicon, manufacturers in China can quench the demand for cheap smartphones by offering dual-core and even quad-core Android models at amazingly low prices, something that would have seemed unheard of just 12 months ago. In addition, these upstart manufacturers are willing to accept lower profit margins in return for a larger share of the market.

According to ABI Research, these sub-$200 smartphones will soon account for 44% of all smartphones shipped. Consumers in developed markets are also coming around to the conclusion that there is great value in a low-priced model like the Nokia Lumia 520 that delivers many of the same features found on Nokia's higher priced models.

source: ABIResearch via IntoMobile

Related phones

Lumia 520
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh(9.6h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Lumia WTF!

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Did you mean, Lumia FTW! ?

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

That I agree I own a Lumia 520 in my opinion it is the best affordable smartphone to date smooth,fluid,fast experiance ever on law end smartphone

11. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

yes :))) i wrong the butons when i write :))) SO : LUMIA FTW !!!!

13. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Hehehe...epic mistake . lol

14. Dastrix unregistered

rms.max, your pic goes so well with your comment! lol that's so funny

2. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

what goes around comes around, nokia is well known for manufacturing cheap feature phone/smartphone, hope this will benefit lumia line

5. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Also Octa Core now! :)

6. Q-ART

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

Looks good thing for nokia

7. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

I bet the iPhoneC won't be as cheap as everyone is anticipating, we'll find out soon enough.

10. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

ikr. iPhone 5, a year old, still sells for $500, same as a GS4, which is around half a year old...

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

OMG! Still iPlastic 5C will never catch Lumias 5, 6 & 7XX.

12. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

The 520 is the perfect entry-level phone.

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