ARM predicts $20 Android powered low-end smartphones this year

ARM predicts that a basic Android-powered smartphone will get significantly cheaper this year and that sales of those cheap devices will boom.

Published Wed, May 7 2014 11:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

One of the challenges to get the next billion people online is that most of those people live in a country where incomes are significantly lower than they are in the US. The relative ease that many of us can come up with a few hundred dollars for a smartphone in the US is well out of the reach of many people in poorer developing nations.

ARM predicts $20 Android powered low-end smartphones this year |

For that reason, many smartphone makers are concentrating on very cheap devices for developing nations. ARM says that in the next few months an Android-powered smartphone running a 1x Cortex-A5 processor will sell for only $20. That sells for about $33-$28 today.

ARM is also predicting a massive growth in the entry-level smartphone shipments over the next few years. By 2018, ARM predicts over a billion smartphones in the sub $150 will ship each year, about twice the number that ship today.


Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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