Will prices for high-end Android smartphones increase in 2021? July 15, 2020 – Posted in: Smartphone news


Every year, prices for high-end Android smartphones seem to be getting higher. And unfortunately, it could go on next year, according to a new rumor that is spreading on the Internet. Many media, including the BRG site, are leaking from the Korean site Client.net, indicating that Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 875 chip (which should equip most high-end models by 2021) would be more expensive than his predecessor. , the Snapdragon 865 (used by models like OnePlus 8 or Xiaomi’s Mi 10 Pro). And if manufacturers don’t find cost-cutting solutions, it will affect the prices of the next high-end smartphones in 2021.

Another price increase?

But of course this information is not official at the moment. Therefore, this must be viewed with extreme caution. Qualcomm is unlikely to launch its new processor for high-end smartphones for several months, but rumors are already circulating. One of them suggests that the Snapdragon 875 would allow smartphones to support ultra-fast 100W charging, which could charge a smartphone 100% in about twenty minutes. Other sources indicate that the processor will take advantage of the new arm technologies that enable significant performance improvements.

But if the new smartphones that use the Snapdragon 875 cost too much, many consumers will likely prefer to switch to cheaper models that use more humble processors. In addition, with the introduction of the iPhone SE 2020, which is equipped with the same high-end processor as the iPhone 11 (but with a rather modest technical data sheet), the mid-range segment is becoming increasingly interesting. And OnePlus is about to introduce the OnePlus Z, a cheaper model than the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Otherwise, rumors are currently suggesting that Google’s next high-end model, the Pixel 5, would not use the Snapdragon 865 like most high-end models from 2020, but would have a more modest chip for midrange devices. This is not currently confirmed. However, this choice could be explained by the fact that Google wants to offer the Pixel 5 at an affordable price (and wants to make up for the hardware deficiencies with software).