$100 – $150 Smartphones Expected in 2011

China is expected to have 100 million 3G smartphone users and Qualcomm predicts prices will drop to $100 in China.“To lower smartphone cost, open platforms such as Android will be essential, and Shen expects Qualcomm to capture a large share of the China market given the company’s experience with the operating system.”

Digitimes reports that about 30 million netbooks shipped in 2010 globally and shipments rebounded with falling prices. I would bet that more ARMed netbooks with GNU/Linux are on the horizon.
“Digitimes Research’s figures also show that global netbook shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 rose 8.4% sequentially to 7.74 million units as dropping prices helped maintain demand, while demand from emerging markets also contributed in propping up volumes. Global netbook shipments in 2010 were about 29.5 million units, according to the figures.”

The world does want small cheap computers and ARM+GNU/Linux can do the job. Nothing prevents an OEM from building a larger netbook and calling it a notebook. The world can build smaller PCs with ARM + GNU/Linux.

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3 Responses to $100 – $150 Smartphones Expected in 2011

  1. Ray says:

    In that case, I supposed this would fall under smartphones 🙂 : http://www.chatrwireless.com/web/chatr.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PhoneBrowseFlow&phoneId=C3BLUCH

    Sorry, I drank the Nokia koolaid…

  2. something that has a stored-programme computer with OS that can make calls and receive them is a smartphone. Most are using ARM+something for better battery-life so they are typically ARMed but there are exceptions. Qualcomm, for instance, sells chips that can be added to any motherboard for communication support.

  3. ray says:

    what would you consider a smartphone?

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