Samsung will degrade its cheap smartphones to the limit for the sake of a feature that is useless in Russia

Samsung is credited with the desire to add support for 5G networks to all its budget smartphones, which are not yet available in Russia. To keep their cost low, she will have to sacrifice screen resolution and the number of built-in cameras. Samsung already has a similar experience – it experimented with the Galaxy A13 model.

Forced Compromise

Samsung plans to deliberately degrade the performance of its upcoming entry-level smartphones in order to build support for fifth-generation networks (5G), writes the IT Home portal. Currently, most of the cheap Android smartphones operate on fourth-generation networks (4G, LTE). Only a few of them can connect to 5G.

The addition of a 5G module leads to an increase prime cost devices, which entails an increase in the final recommended price of the device. In this regard, the risk of reaching zero or near-zero sales increases – the buyer can add some money and buy a more powerful model, including another brand.

If Samsung will really begin to worsen the characteristics of their “state employees”, consumers can go to its competitors without hesitation

To avoid this, Samsung plans to make an exchange, which, however, will not appeal to every user either. She’ll put in her budget mobile phones 5G modem, but at the same time deprive them of several key parameters.

There will be no casualties

As writes IT Home, the first thing Samsung’s budget smartphones will lose if it decides to equip them with 5G chips is a high-resolution screen. In most of these types of devices, it is still not Full HD – Most often, manufacturers use panels with HD +. However, models with Full HD-screens are also found.

Reducing the resolution to lower values ​​than HD +, if it comes true, will be a return almost to the beginning of the previous decade. In addition to realizing the fact that the screen of a new smartphone, to put it mildly, is outdated, the user can be scared away by the smaller amount of information displayed on the screen per unit of time. Scaling can solve the problem, but there is a risk of losing image quality.

The main camera will also be sacrificed, which has not yet been truly high-quality in any budget smartphone, especially in comparison with more expensive models. In particular, from smartphones may disappear wide angle modules. A return to the scheme with one module is not ruled out, from which manufacturers android smartphones abandoned in the middle of the previous decade. However, Apple still continues to produce such devices – in its current lineup there is an iPhone SE 2022, based on a single-camera iPhone 8 more than five-year prescription.

Precedent set

By the time the material was released, Samsung did not confirm or deny information about a possible future deterioration of its smartphones in the budget price segment. However, she already has experience in this.

For example, the company has a Galaxy A13 model, which is currently available in a version with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. in Russia at a price of 13.8 thousand rubles. This modification works in networks of the second, third and fourth generations and comes with a modern 6.6-inch screen with a resolution of Full HD + or 2408×1080 pixels. It also has a main camera, consisting of four sensors: a base 50 MP, an ultra-wide-angle 5 MP and two additional cameras of 2 MP each – a macro sensor and a scene depth sensor. The smartphone is built on an eight-nanometer processor Samsung Exynos 850 up to 2 GHz on eight cores.

Also at Samsung there is a Galaxy A13 5G smartphone – it looks almost the same, but with global differences inside. The resolution of its screen is reduced to HD + or 1600×720 pixels with the same diagonal, and instead of four cameras on the rear panel, it has only three – a five-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor has disappeared from the set.

The front camera was also worsened – instead of 8 MP, as in the usual A13, 5 MP was installed here. The only advantage of the A13 5G over the A13 4G is the faster 7nm processor MediaTek Dimensity 700 with 2.2 GHz frequency and graphics Small G57 instead of Mali G52. It is Dimensity 700 that provides support for networks fifth generation in A13 5G.

Zero benefit for Russians

Budget smartphonesin which the quality of the image on the screen and the resulting images are sacrificed for 5G support, will automatically cease to be of interest to the majority Russians. The reason is the complete absence (as of December 2022) of publicly available Russian 5G networks, while in many other countries of the world they have long become an almost ubiquitous phenomenon.

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Operators don’t build 5G networks for two main reasons. The first one is sanctionsdue to which the largest foreign suppliers of telecom equipment (Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei) stopped importing their hardware. The second is the lack of mass production domestic 5G base stations.

In other words, build next-generation networks operators nothing yet, and they have to squeeze maximum from 4G. Technically, there are still 5G networks in Russia, but they cannot be called publicly available. For example, to use one of them, most Russians will first have to spend money on a ticket to Kazan, and then buy a ticket also for the Kazan metro. As informed CNews, in the summer of 2021, one of the 5G test networks was deployed there.

Evgeny Cherkesov

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