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According to the latest figures from NPD Group released on Oct 22, shipments of sub-US$150 (RM459) handsets has been doubling year-on-year since 2010 and the trend looks set to continue until 2016, when shipments are expected to hit 311 million.

“Most mobile phone subscribers around the world can’t afford to spend more than US$200 for a smartphone, on top of their service plans,” noted Shawn Lee, Research Director at NPD DisplaySearch.

Sub-$200 Android phones currently account for 2 per cent of total worldwide smartphone shipments.

However, by 2016 cheap Android phones alone could account for up to 29 per cent of global smartphone shipments, or the equivalent of the entire worldwide smartphone market in 2010. — Reuters

Source: The Malaysian Insider

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