Low Cost Handset Market Overview, Capabilities and Cost Drivers


Mobile phones have become the centre stage for digital and financial inclusion. But still, 33% of the global population are not yet subscribed to mobile services and close to 53% do not use mobile internet services. Affordability remains key to connectivity adoption. Hence, Low-cost handsets remain one of the critical pieces of a puzzle trying to extend global connectivity to all. They continue to remain relevant with varied use cases. This report by Counterpoint on the low-cost handset market:

  • Analyses the Global Handset and Smartphone Market by Price Band
  • Deep dives into the reasons which make low-cost handsets relevant
  • Analyses the capability differences between feature phones, smart feature phones and smartphones based on their price points
  • Analyses the BoM cost of each type of handsets to understand the cost drivers in feature phones, smart feature phones and smartphones.

The report will help OEMs, Component manufacturers, OS developers and other relevant players in the value chain to understand the relevance of low-cost handsets and their capabilities vs. cost drivers to optimize their offerings.

Table of Contents:

  • Global Connectivity at a glance
  • Low-Cost Handsets continue to be relevant
  • Low-cost Handsets more prevalent in emerging economies
  • Drivers for Low-cost Handsets
  • Low-Cost Handsets can drive Financial Inclusion
  • Capability Analysis by Handset Type
    • Handset Capability Comparison
    • Type of Handset: Usage capabilities, unique factors, and limitations
    • Handset Capability Matrix
  • Cost Drivers by Handset Type
    • BoM Cost Analysis
  • Smart Feature Phone: An Opportunity in the Middle Ground for Digital inclusion

Number of Pages: 16

Author: Varun Mishra

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