Posted by: crudbasher | August 21, 2014

Smartphone Prices On Their Way To Zero

Technological progress keeps rolling on. A Smartphone that cost $600 2 years ago now costs half that today. In 2 more years it will be almost worthless. At the same time, the processing power required to run today’s apps is not increasing at the same rate. Thus price to performance ratio keeps dropping.

H/T Gizmodo

That’s why many companies don’t obsess over specs anymore, and instead explore frontiers like waterproofing, “premium materials,” optical heart rate sensors, and even iris scanners. These peripheral features help Samsung and Apple justify top-tier prices. Meanwhile the cost to make smartphones do what we use them for 99 percent of the time, like navigating without stutter, playing games and movies, taking some decent pictures, and overall just looking great, keeps getting cheaper and cheaper.

It will keep dropping until it reaches zero (with contract of course). I have been predicting this for a few years now (thanks Ray Kurzweil) so in about 5 years time every single student in school will have a smartphone. Teachers need to get ready and come up with innovative teaching methods. Oh wait, Common Core ties their hands.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

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