Budget Smartphones in India face rapid decline

Budget Smartphones

Gone are days where you used to purchase budget smartphones below Rs 5000. We have seen companies like Xolo, Panasonic, and others selling smartphones priced below Rs 5000. The devices will have a smaller display with less resolution. Even though tech-savvy enthusiasts will shy away from budget smartphones, the senior citizens will make full use of them. The budget smartphones in India priced below Rs 5000 will be suitable for traveling purposes.

Talking about the market expectation, customers in India always look for affordability. The person visits a mobile shop in search of budget smartphones below Rs 5000 for basic calling and texting purposes. However, the research report released by a popular company indicates a gradual shift in the stand with people opting for premium smartphones with notch display. It’s not possible to buy a smartphone with all the latest trending features for Rs 5000. Hence, people are opting for devices priced above Rs 10000.

With popular manufacturers like Xiaomi hiking the price of smartphones due to the rapid spread of Coronavirus, you won’t see the presence of new budget smartphones below Rs 5000. However, e-commerce companies will sell the products they have in stock at down to earth prices. The Coronavirus has taken the toll of the smartphone segment with companies finding it difficult to source the raw materials from China due to the closure of factories.

According to Counterpoint, the market noticed over 50 percent decrease in the smartphone sales below RS 5000 in 2019. Going forward, this trend will continue and is unlikely that this will improve. However, if a company comes out with a great smartphone with all the features, then you will be able to buy a budget smartphone below RS 5000.

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Even though the availability of budget smartphones is less, you will be able to buy them from refurbished stores like 2GUD. Amazon also sells refurbished products at cheap prices. You can have a look at the product page to know about the availability of the used products. That being said, the refurbished products are used products with or without damage. You will find damages like screen scratches and you won’t be able to claim warranty.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com