Almost gone the time when any “cheap smartphone” to compare with the waste of life. Today the public sector is quite comfortable to use — in our latest surveys you can find many examples of this. And there are still things that cheap smartphones will always lose expensive. Well, or at least be different

Old technology

The most obvious is the use of old technologies. Here, by the way, the moment is very positive — in fact, what we see today as a new and expensive (bermocoll, scanners, fingerprint screen, USB-C and NFC) will cost you a penny and any state will have.

When there was Bluetooth, it built only in expensive mobile phones. Later all. It was the same with Wi-Fi, GPS, camera, IPS screens. Over time, all state employees have it.

So now we can hope that soon (a year or two) we will see a quality smartphone for 7 thousand rubles at the start of sales with NFC and USB-C (in the trash with a Quad-core Mediateka and 1 GB of RAM is already there, but not in the bill). Meanwhile, the flagship will get some new chips and this lag will never go away.


Cheap smartphone is made of cheap materials. There is already a succession of technologies (from state employees today that yesterday was the flagship) does not work. Is that a new glass, Gorilla Glass or equivalent will be extremely cheap to that of smartphones, although I still doubt that people will like (glass state) smartphones to buy. Break — in new money to spend, and government employees take to save.

Honestly, in terms of materials, the current state I like even more. Yes, they creaked and loftily, but today a strong plastic case with some simple texture of the rear surface is much more practical, all of these pieces of glass and 3D textures. Actually, the last in the top models do because that’s an expensive phone and should look expensive — otherwise, most buyers do not convince, why it is necessary to pay so much.


From the previous paragraph implies that the public sector will always be “subtle.” Fashion will change — different colors and appearance will then become popular, then go “to retire”, but Bugatti will always look boring.

Yes, and there’s no point in trying to make the public sector look expensive. After all, the manufacturer tries to save money.


Strange but true — the big public sector are extremely rare. And all because to make a great smartphone cheap and reliable at the same time more difficult (read — more expensive). And the popularity of Lopatino still below. Of course, the average size of smartphone is gradually increasing — but this won’t happen indefinitely (until the normal folding models, at least).


You need to be prepared for the fact that some applications (or external device) may not work on a budget smartphone. This may be due to the lack of some features (no NFC — no contactless payment or recharge card), and with a weak “iron” (cool 3D games, especially online ones, either will not start or will run very slowly).

Although sometimes the opposite situation. For example, today have a nasty tendency not to put the connector 3.5 mm in the flagship model. This “rule” is not followed, except that Samsung (before the release of the Note 10) and LG. But even as a Sony though, and put a 3.5 mm in Xperia 10 Plus has not added audio port in the flagship Xperia 1.

I note that the 3.5 mm connector is often (almost always) means built-in FM receiver.

That is, support for some functions may be, on the contrary, it is the public sector.


Flagship smartphones sometimes take for any new features, but simply “in mind”. As a rule, the top model is more or less relevant 3 years — this applies to the launch of new games and apps, and speed. Moreover, even 3 years there is not a limit — it all depends on how long the manufacturer is willing to support the smartphone updates. I note that in the important updates, not any new features (although they, too), and, primarily, the patches for security holes. Here, however, the leaders of Apple smartphones without any issues remain relevant 5 years or more.

State employees calculated on a shorter period for several reasons. It is cheaper production, which still affects the quality. And, almost always, the processors on face comfortable use of Android. Look at the current Unisoc and other Helio A22, which are molded in a cheap smartphones and you will understand what I mean) which can not cope with increasing demands. What a time support is also relatively small. A year or two and that’s enough.

Android smoker

As long as Android is alive, state employees will be done on it — except that, in place of the “green robot” do not come something else (but the smartphones to the new OS are unlikely to be cheap initially). I don’t believe Apple will start to produce smartphones cheaper than 10-15 thousand rubles.

And well, if it is just pure Android is not the latest version! Because it is often stuffed with Sberbank, the Yandex and other slow down the performance of the phone stuff Android. Sometimes even with the redrawn shell, in the case of “how would the Russian producers” (the Original, BQ, HP, etc.) means that the firmware will not update ever. After installing pure Android new version over the pure Android easier than trying to pull the new firmware over creativity “of the students-programmers of for food.”

The exception to the rule — simple “dialers” without the ability to install apps. Yes and today is cheaper and easier to do on Android than develop its own, albeit a dramatically simplified platform. If instead Android will be a new system in the budget smartphones we will see them very soon.


I singled out exactly the movie just because for photos it is a rule of continuity — today, state employees removed something like 7 years ago, shot flagships. The gap is large, of course, but the technology is still cheaper.

With video the difference is about the same, but here is another caveat — the video is not just quality, it also support for new standards. For example, 4K televisions and monitors today have become a hot commodity, but finding budget-with a video in 4K it is almost unreal. Replaced 4K ever come 8K, and the corresponding video resolution will also be ubiquitous from the flagships, but not in public sector.

With a frame rate of the same story. Is rare today the public sector is able to record [email protected] fps — and this is the TV standard of the previous generation. In General, no matter how much time has passed, the smartphone will never fit the role of the camera for memorable family events or tool works.

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