Budget phones are about to become just that Budget. ARM, the biggest manufacturer of processors for mobile devices has predicted that a 20 dollar phones (RM65) will be released in the next few months. However, don’t expect much from this phone as they expect that this phone would sport 2.5G or EDGE connectivity running on Android – something technology enthusiasts will dread. The phone is predicted to run a single ARM processor (our average phone comes with dual-core processor nowadays).
However, the more important implication of this is the general availability and accessibility of smartphones to a wider audience especially in less fortunate countries. This would also allow more people to be connected to the internet – which is a good thing.
As with all predictions, time will tell and we’ll have to wait and see which manufacturer will jump on this bandwagon.