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Symbian Cuts Price Of Smartphones

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Feb 8, 2006, 3:59 PM   by (staff)

Symbian today announced two measures it hopes can further increase its lead in the smartphone market. The group has announced new pricing models that will make it easier for manufacturers to release low-cost or low volume phones based on the Symbian OS. License prices could be up to half as expensive depending on the retail price of the smartphone. Additionally, Symbian announced a new single-chip reference platform in conjunction with Freescale and Nokia. The design utilizes a WCDMA chip that is capable of handling calls and application processing in one unit. This should allow manufacturers and carriers to produce lower cost S60 smartphones capable of fully utilizing new 3G services.

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sowhatsowhat10

Feb 8, 2006, 6:41 PM

really?????

they say lower cost..........for who? the phone manufacturer or the customer? do you really think that just because symbian lowerd cost to nokia, which will lower cost to the carrier, they will sell it for cheap? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the day a symbian phone is cheap is the day the texans win the superbowl Razz Laughing
i bet the idea is to produce a low end smartphone for developing nations, which will probably have less features than north american symbian phones
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pauldg

Feb 8, 2006, 6:44 PM

will this sacrifice performance?

i understand they just want market share, but wouldn't this solution come at the cost of performance compared to other solutions?

normally, when there are 2 tasks, it's best to have 2 components (dual core CPU's, subwoofers/woofers/tweeters, etc.).

i guess these are really going to be for low-end phones(relatively), but i doubt they'll be capable of 3.6Mbps downlowds like we've seen recently. i guess we won't know until the chips are produced ...
 
 
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