Motorola CEO talks $50 smartphone, customizable screen sizes

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside revealed a good portion of the company’s future plans in an interview with Trusted Reviews. The first item mentioned was a smartphone that would be even cheaper than the Moto G, a device that costs $179 off-contract. In the interview, Woodside stated:

In much of the world $179 is a lot of money, so there’s a big market at a price point of less than $179. We’re going to look at that, and just delivering on that value promise is super important. I mean, why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen, so we’re going to push that.

Motorola seems out to go after the developing world market, where the majority of people do not have a smartphone and aren’t online at all. A typical ultra-cheap smartphone would be the Samsung Galaxy Pocket, a $75 smartphone sold in places like Africa and India.

The Pocket is 2.8 inches and features a 240×320 LCD, an 832Mhz ARM11 processor (the first Android phones had 528Mhz ARM11 processors), 512MB of RAM, 3GB of storage, and a 2MP camera. The device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin. With the Moto G, Motorola redefined what an sub-$200 device could be capable of. With a quad-core processor and a 4.5 inch screen, it wiped the floor with similarly priced devices like the Samsung Galaxy Fame, which has a single core processor and a 3.5-inch display. Motorola could bring a similar improvement to the entry-level smartphone space.

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via Ars Technica


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