The Truth About Finding the Best Value for Money Smartphone: Why It Doesn’t Exist
Awarding the Best Smartphone in Various Categories has Become a Staple, but This Year We Want to Highlight the Reasons Why the Smartphone Camera Industry has Remained Stagnant.
The Smartphone Industry Has Changed Since 2019
But Not Necessarily for the Better. Many Popular Series Have Experienced Price Increases Without Major Upgrades. For Example, the Realme 5 Pro Launched in 2019 at a Price of Rs 13,999, While the Realme 9 Pro Launched in 2022 at a Price of Rs 18,999, a 35% Increase.
Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy M30 and the Galaxy M33 Experienced a 25% Price Increase, but Also Downgraded from an AMOLED to a TFT LCD Display and No Longer Include a Fast Charger in the Box. The Oppo K3 and the Oppo K10 Had a 3% Price Increase, But the Devices Have Actually Been Downgraded. The OnePlus 7T and the OnePLus 10T Also Had a 30% Price Increase, While the 7T Pro and 10Pro Had a 25% Increase Despite No Spec Upgrade. It’s Disappointing to See Manufacturers Upgrading Prices Without Actually Upgrading Devices.
Xiaomi Has Done Better Compared to Other OEMs in Terms of Upgrading Specs While Maintaining Reasonable Prices. For Example, the Redmi Note 8 Pro Had a Price of Rs 14,999 While the Redmi Note 11 Pro Had a Price of Rs 17,999, Despite Offering Improved Specs.
However, Many Other Manufacturers Have Experienced Large Price Increases Without Significantly Upgrading Their Devices. It’s Worth noting That Factors Such as COVID, Recession, Inflation, and the Introduction of 5G Have Had a Significant Impact on the Smartphone Industry, Contributing to Higher Prices. As a Result, Budget Smartphones from 2019 are Now Considered Mid-Range, and There is No Longer Such Thing as a Budget Flagship, as Those Devices are Now Considered High-End.
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