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MoneyMWC highlights include affordable smartphones, not just foldable ones

13:50  04 march  2019
13:50  04 march  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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BARCELONA, Spain – A capable smartphone that doesn’t cost more than many laptops may not count as headline news at the just-concluded MWC Barcelona here. But that development should rate as excellent news for customers growing weary of phones with four-digit price tags.

Outside of the hype-driven high end of the smartphone universe – Huawei’s €2300 Mate X 5G foldable phone provided the single best example of that at MWC – the event formerly known as Mobile World Congress showed that $200 or so buys a lot more phone than it once did.

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Consider, for example, HMD Global’s upcoming Nokia 4.2, which starts at $169 and combines a 5.7-in. screen, biometric unlocking via your fingerprint or your face, dual rear cameras that the phone’s software can exploit for fancy focusing effects, a dedicated button to launch the Google Assistant app, and storage you can cheaply expand with a microSD card.

The Nokia 4.2's only cheap note is it charging via a micro-USB connector instead of the newer, more versatile USB-C.

The 4.2 is also an Android One phone, meaning it ships with a standard version of Google’s Android software and comes with at least two years of upgrades to new versions of Android.

Note, however, that the 4.2’s list of supported frequencies indicates incompatibility with Sprint, Verizon and their resellers, such as Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile. Like many phones featured at MWC, Nokia’s are rooted in the GSM standard most of the world uses, as well as AT&T and T-Mobile here.

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Lenovo’s Motorola division showed off a G7 series of Android phones that start at $199, with screen sizes varying from 5.7 to 6.2 inches. They match most of the Nokia 4.2’s features and should work on Sprint and Verizon, but lack NFC mobile-payment support and the Android One certification that covers Motorola’s older, $399 Motorola One.

A manufacturer that’s yet to sell in the U.S. showed how much cheaper phones could get when it introduced a 5G model for just €599 (about $681). The Chinese firm Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 5G features a 6.4-in. screen that spans almost the entire front of the phone--you access its selfie cam by sliding up the back half of the phone. Sadly, it lacks a headphone jack.

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Avi Greengart, founder and lead analyst at Techsponential, called the Mix 3 5G “the most impressive low-priced phone at MWC.” And he expects Xiaomi to follow its recent successes in Europe by coming stateside.

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Android Authority understands from speaking with new smartphone entrant Energizer at MWC , that it contacted foldable OLED display providers and can’t get access to displays from these factories because other companies To answer the question, I doubt 2019 sees an affordable foldable phone .

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“Xiaomi has been planning to enter the U.S. for a long time, but put it off once they realized how different and difficult this market is,” Greengart said. “I do think that Xiaomi will get here, most likely in 2020.”

The biggest difference between the U.S. and elsewhere is the continued dominance of carriers in phone sales – even though there’s rarely any price penalty to buy an unlocked phone from a manufacturer and then pick a service, most of us still shop at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon.

But the market share of direct-to-consumer sales keeps growing – the market-research firm NPD found that by the close of 2018, 18 percent of smartphones active on U.S. networks were “unlocked” models not sold by carriers, up from 12 percent two years earlier.

Plus, NPD analyst Brad Akyuz wrote, that firm’s surveys show that “over three quarters of U.S. customers are aware of the unlocked smartphone notion.” That may make the next $800 or $1,000 smartphone from a carrier a significantly harder sell.

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