The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic also took its toll on smartphone manufacturers. Virtually the entire supply chain has been shaken, as a result of which many key components are less available, and therefore more expensive.
On the other side of the barricade are consumers who, having to tighten their belts & hairsp; – & hairsp; are not necessarily inclined to put consumer electronics on their priority spending list.
On the one hand, smartphone manufacturers have to deal with rising production costs, and on the other, they cannot afford a drastic increase in the prices of the devices themselves. Solution? Cost reduction.
Samsung Galaxy S21 may be a harbinger of this year’s trends
The Galaxy S21 promises to be a very good phone, but there are many indications that Samsung will serve customers a few steps back. The new flagship in terms of screen resolution, quality of workmanship or packaging content may even be second to … the Galaxy S6 model from 2015.
It is already known that not only Samsung will take this type of action. From a handful of leaks about the Huaweia P50 Pro, we learn that it will most likely lack the front ToF camera, which was heavily promoted in the case of its predecessor.
It is likely that a pandemic is largely behind these types of decisions.
Cost cuts are more and more often seen immediately after looking into the box
At the end of 2020, Apple stopped adding chargers to its smartphones. Importantly & hairsp; – & hairsp; this applies not only to the latest iPhone 12, but also to earlier models that were previously sold complete with power adapters. What about their prices? These didn’t even flinch.
Of course, the producer covers his concern for ecology, but you have to be naive to believe that he was guided by something other than the desire to reduce costs. When you sell 200 million smartphones a year, every dollar saved in production is $ 200 million in your pocket.
Other manufacturers are also slowly following Apple’s footsteps. The power supply was missing in the box with the Xiaomi Mi 11 (although the company is giving away free power supplies to people on the Chinese market), and the already mentioned Galaxy S21 is about to join the event. It probably won’t end there.
Added to all this is the 5G revolution
The global 5G network is still in its infancy, which translates into high prices of the chips that support it. The willingness to offer new generation connectivity with a slight (or zero) increase in the prices of smartphones themselves also forces manufacturers to make compromises. Often not obvious.
The latest Redmi Note 9T 5G lacks the ultra-wide angle lens, although it was not missing in the almost twice cheaper Redmi 9T, or in last year’s Redmi Note 8T. This example perfectly illustrates how the desire to offer 5G connectivity at the lowest possible price forced compromises in other aspects.
Little? The latest Samsung Galaxy A42 5G has a modest 720p display, even though the 2020 Galaxy A41 and even the 2019 Galaxy A40 had 1080p panels.
There are and will certainly be more examples of this type.
In other words & hairsp; – & hairsp; you will have to be careful when buying a smartphone in 2021
Of course, I am not saying that this year’s smartphones will be bad and it is not worth bothering with them. By no means & hairsp; – & hairsp; it looks like we will see a lot of pearls that will still have something to defend themselves.
I am just pointing out that it is not worth assuming that the X2 smartphone will be better in every way, or at least as good. You may find that for some reason the newer model has a weaker screen, lower build quality, or lacks a feature you liked its predecessor for.
It’s time to accept that this is what the smartphone market will look like in 2021.
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