The power and reliability of 5G could shape 2020 in another way, according to Joel Windels, CMO of mobility vendor NetMotion Software, who sees a backlash against overpriced and overpowered smartphones building. Handsets like the Apple 11 Pro (which lists for $999) and Samsung Galaxy Fold (which goes for an eye-popping $1,980) offer beefier specs than many buyers will require once super-fast connectivity with the cloud becomes ubiquitous.
“The staggering cost of new devices may push many consumers and organizations to decide that they no longer want or need to pay a premium for the latest and greatest smartphones,” Windels says. “Instead, they may be better served by ‘dumb’ devices with a big screen and decent cameras that can rely on the speed of the network and the processing power of the cloud to do the heavy lifting usually done on the phone’s internal chipset.”
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