The Samsung Galaxy Star has just been launched in India, becoming the first Android phone to cost less than Rs. 5,000. When smartphones first came into being, no one thought they could one day become so cheap, and we think there are more price cuts coming. After all, this is India, the land of 'kitna deti hai?'
But will we ever see Android phones becoming super cheap? Could we, one day, own a Rs. 2000 Android phone? We think so, but we might have to sacrifice a few features. Here are some examples:
1. Speed: A 2K Android phone would probably be able to run only one app at a time. And even those would probably not run too fast. Be warned - if you want to play Temple Run on such a phone, you might get more points going to an actual temple and running, rather than dealing with a frozen screen.
2. Price in dollars: We are still a few years away from seeing a Rs. 2000 Android phone. In a few years, the dollar-rupee exchange rate would probably have reached 2000, and we can enter the Guinness Book as a country, for creating the world's first one-dollar smartphone.
3. Internet speed: The signal receiver in a cheap phone is usually worse than the signal receiver in an expensive phone. In a 2K phone, we might have internet speeds so slow that friend requests on FB would take an hour to be accepted. And people might have to go out and make real friends.
4. No battery: Laptops are more expensive than desktops for a lot of reasons, one of which is portability. A 2K Android phone will be like a desktop; it will have to be plugged in to work at all. That might seem an awful lot like a landline, but you can't have everything.
5. Stick figure cameras: 11 MP cameras give you crystal clear pictures of yourself and your friends, that you can load into Instagram. But 11 MP cameras are expensive. Our 2K phone will probably have a software that takes a blurry image through a 0.1 MP camera and photoshops the faces on stick figure bodies.
6. Looks of the Nokia 1100: Sleek finishes, beautiful colors, faux-metal - these are all expensive. The Nokia 1100 is the prototype for sturdy, functional design. As long as our cheap Android phone looks like that, it will be within budget. Plus, it will gain the added benefit of being able to survive a nuclear war.
7. No charger: Anyway, all phone chargers get lost or stolen in the first week. So not having a charger included with the packaging won't be a big change - but it will shave a little off the price!
What do you think about the chances of Android phone prices reducing further? Tell us in the Comments Section!
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