Posted by: crudbasher | May 7, 2014

Here Comes The $20 Smartphone

u·biq·ui·tous – present, appearing, or found everywhere.

The ever increasing power of smartphones coupled with the drop in price per unit of performance means that each year phones get faster and cheaper. Most people don’t realize this because the cost of an iPhone for example is the same each year. What you have to keep in mind though is the iPhone gets faster each year so that same money is buying more performance.

If today’s iPhone costs $300 for that level of performance, what does the original iPhone’s performance cost now? $50? $20? ARM, a chip maker says they are coming out with a new chip which will power smartphones that cost only $20.

H/T Ars-technica

Smartphone prices have been creeping ever downward in the last few years, and ARM is betting that they’re going to go even lower. AnandTech is reporting from ARM’s Tech Day today, and one of the company’s slides predicts that the cost of a phone with a single-core Cortex A5 chip in it will go as low as $20 within the next few months.

These phones won’t run very well or be able to run all the modern apps but they will improve each year too. How long will it take before a modern smartphone’s worth of performance will cost $20? Or be free (probably with a contract)?

The point is, at this price, the technology will spread across the surface of the planet very quickly. Imagine millions of children in the developing world with cheap smartphones and Internet access. Who’s going to teach these kids? The future of education is going to have to scale world wide. The really disruptive part will happen when these kids start taking their education into their own hands and help each other.




  1. If this turns out to be true, we will have apps costing mroe than the phone itself, lol

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