In-Stat: 339 million low-cost Android smartphones to ship worldwide in 2015

In-Stat: 339 million low-cost Android smartphones to ship worldwide in 2015

Not everyone can afford a high-end Android smartphone. Devices costing $400 and more are out of reach for many users in the emerging markets of the world and for them handset makers are launching entry-level devices.

According to In-Stat, Android is set to dominate this low-cost smartphone segment (which BTW is defined by price – under $150), with almost 340 million such Android-based smartphones shipping in 2015.

However, these low-end phones will cause fragmentation in the Android platform. In other words, users shouldn’t expect a $150 phone to run Ice Cream Sandwich — such a device will most likely ship with Froyo or Gingerbread on board, both of which work better on lower-specced hardware.

Some other findings from In-Stat’s report include:

  • The low-end low-cost smartphones generally stick with EDGE and processors running at 600MHz speeds or less, and a single-core EDGE chip sells for well under $10.
  • Smaller phone manufacturers will sometimes purchase from the “gray market” where component manufacturers typically don’t pay licensee fees, royalties, and taxes for the products they produce.
  • Early competitors in the market include Huawei, MicroMax, Motorola, Samsung, Spice, and ZTE.

And you can get all additional information from In-Stat’s website.

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