Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
gregorrothfuss
User Rank
Rookie
re: Smartphone growth low-end phones
gregorrothfuss   8/12/2010 12:36:16 AM
NO RATINGS
The term is totally meaningless. Nokia introduced their first "Smartphone" in 2004: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_3230 Oh and their first "Superphone" in 2007: http://gizmodo.com/250589/nokia-n95-superphone-50-screenshot-walkthrough-next-best-thing-to-owning-it Kinda how everyone in the US enjoys "Broadband".

Tunrayo
User Rank
Rookie
re: Smartphone growth low-end phones
Tunrayo   8/9/2010 3:21:13 PM
NO RATINGS
For the developing markets, the cheaper the smartphone, the more revenue the company generates. So, if ABI is focusing on making cheap smarthphones, then they have defined the market niche they desire. Well my guess is the most growth (in volumes) will be experienced by companies like ABI. This is because there are huge numbers of prospective customers in these regions (India and China together have over 2 billion people). Furthermore, as more and more people move into the middle-class in these countries, they will probably trade their 'low-end' smartphones for the 'high-end' smartphones to reflect their change in social status. And with Apple, Blackberry, etc putting high premiums on their phones, they will probably experience huge growth in revenues as well. Clearly, it is not easy to build a strong brand and goodwill to compete with companies like Apple and Blackberry. So I would say this is a reasonable strategy for ABI.

chanj0
User Rank
CEO
re: Smartphone growth low-end phones
chanj0   8/5/2010 10:08:00 PM
NO RATINGS
Cell phone market grows a lot in the 3rd world countries which are lack of telephone infrastructure. In addition, cell phone users are primarily looking for voice connectivity instead of anywhere Internet. With this said, a low cost, small in size cell phone will usually serve the purpose. The market of smartphone, no doubt, is growing. The margin of selling a smartphone is high too. That's probably why a lot of phone makers, especially the new one, are jumping into the boat. Will smartphone business sustain for a long time? I guess only market can tell.

rick merritt
User Rank
Author
re: Smartphone growth low-end phones
rick merritt   8/5/2010 9:21:01 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi all, Sorry for any confusion. The simple answer is: ABI sees the next wave of growth coming from lower cost more mainstream priced smartphones. ABI is not redefining the smartphone, just noting the trickle down of Moore's Law. Hope that clarifies things

old account Frank Eory
User Rank
Rookie
re: Smartphone growth low-end phones
old account Frank Eory   8/5/2010 9:01:58 PM
NO RATINGS
I totally agree Junko. "Low-end smartphone" sounds like an oxymoron. Any phone that has a broadband connection -- at least 3G -- and a UI that makes web browsing practical, is by definition a high-end phone. If ABI's definition of a smartphone is something less than that, then it seems like they are just playing games with the terminology.

junko.yoshida
User Rank
Blogger
re: Smartphone growth low-end phones
junko.yoshida   8/5/2010 6:54:30 PM
NO RATINGS
Wait, I am reading this headline that says "Smartphone growth lies in the low-end phone." I had to do a double take. Huh? What is ABI's definition of a "smartphone" then? I do understand that Nokia is very strong in low-end feature phones, etc., but that is not to say that those feature phones are smartphones...correct? We need clarification.



EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Tiny Kickstarter MCU Board Provides 'Smart Fusion' for IoT Systems
Max Maxfield
2 comments
Just a few minutes ago as I pen this words, I received an email from my chum Mike Hibbert, who is a columnist for the computer and electronics hobbyist magazine Everyday Practical ...

EDN Staff

11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
EDN Staff
20 comments
This collection of places from technology history, museums, and modern marvels is a roadmap for an engineering adventure that will take you around the world. Here are just a few spots ...

Glen Chenier

Engineers Solve Analog/Digital Problem, Invent Creative Expletives
Glen Chenier
15 comments
- An analog engineer and a digital engineer join forces, use their respective skills, and pull a few bunnies out of a hat to troubleshoot a system with which they are completely ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
46 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)