Motorola Plans to Launch Rs 3,100 Smartphone: End of Feature Phone Market Near?


Back in 2013, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt reportedly quoted saying that in the near future we might see a basic smartphone with a web browser for $50.

The ex-CEO of Google predicted the future of ultra affordable Android-powered smartphones in New Delhi based event.

Now almost a year later, Motorola, a Google owned company, plans to bring a smartphone which could be priced as low as $50 or Rs. 3,100


Motorola's cheapest Android-based smartphone, the Moto G, will be officially launched in India on February 5.

In an exclusive interview with TrustedReviews, Motorola CEO, Dennis Woodside, revealed that the company will materialize a phone which may cost consumers $50 or £30 in the market.

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Motorola Plans to Launch Rs 3,100 Smartphone

"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".

However, the company did not provide any concrete details in respect to Motorola's upcoming $50 phone.

On the premium side, Motorola is expected to bring more customizable options than ever. At the moment, the Moto X is only phone available in the market, which can be customized, as per users demand. The Moto X has been received well in States, and pretty soon, Motorola will start selling the device in Europe.

Moreover, Dennis Woodside, Motorola CEO, stated that even $179 (in reference to Moto G), is a lot of money. Therefore, the cheap version of Moto G could be priced $50. We don't know whether the so-called $50 phone will look as good as the Moto G. Motorola has given clarity on the fact that consumers are interested in cheap Android phones.

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The bigger picture is that Motorola will try to tap emerging markets like India and China with its upcoming $50 smartphone. Another noticeable fact emerges from the interview is that the Moto G maker may target Samsung by entering Indian market next year.


Though, Motorola is all said to announce the much hyped Moto G in India next month. Reportedly, the Moto G is expected to be made available via online route, instead of physical retail stores. Motorola does not have retail presence in India, the company closed down its operations in country a couple of years back.

Would you be interested in getting Motorola's $ 50 smartphone? Can Motorola kill Feature Phone market with its affordable smartphone due next year? Let us know your comments below.

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