Falling prices why luxury smartphones could soon become cheaper
Manufacturers are paying more and more money for the best smartphones. Four-digit sums are no longer uncommon. But it doesn't have to stay that way, says a heavyweight in the industry. Can we look forward to cheaper flagships soon?
Qualcomm: New processor is cheaper
After the Snapdragon 888, a real top processor for the year 2021, which can already be found in the first mobile phones, there is now also a powerful but much cheaper processor. Even if this is just a warmed-up version of the Snapdragon 865, the SoC that has now been introduced could ensure that some upper-class phones will be cheaper in the future.
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According to Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 870 processor is aimed at smartphone manufacturers who want to offer excellent performance, but can do without the absolute top values of the Snapdragon 888. The new processor is expected to be significantly cheaper than the top model. Ideally, customers can look forward to very well-equipped cell phones that are not more than 1,000 euros.
Compared to the Snapdragon 865, however, the new model hardly offers any innovations. There has been a 10 percent improvement in clock frequency. Compared to the Plus version of the Snapdragon 865, the increase in performance is only 3 percent. For this reason, some reports already speak of a "Snapdragon 865 Plus Plus". Nevertheless: Upper-class smartphones from last year were lightning-fast and offered all the features a normal user needs. If the same technology is now offered more cheaply, it could cause cell phone prices to tumble - without having to forego performance.
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Snapdragon 870: OnePlus and Xiaomi show interest
The now presented Snapdragon 870 is already well received by some manufacturers. Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo and Xiaomi are said to have already decided, according to Qualcomm, to give the new processor a chance in upcoming phones. The first smartphones are expected as early as the first quarter of 2021. With the new model, manufacturers can boast of using a brand new and powerful processor without having to dig deeper into their pockets for the Snapdragon 888.