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Bose Home, Soundbar and Bass Module: Review

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and or received the product service at a reduced price or for free.

You know we at Money and Technology love watching great movies, upgrading technology and of course using Alexa. Once before, I was kind of nervous about using it, but, now that we have implemented it, I think it’s great and I am having a fun time using it. So, today we are going to talk about our next technology upgrade which is the new Bose Family of technology fun time!

Super Base Sound

Unlimited entertainment possibilities. The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars has built-in voice control from Amazon Alexa that puts millions of songs at the tip of your tongue. And with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want. Plus, future software updates will add new features.

Control goes way beyond voice

Enjoy one-touch access to the music you love or manage it all from the Bose Music app. Want more music in more rooms? The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars works together. The Bose Soundbar 700, designed to be the world’s best soundbar, delivers an unmatched combination of sophisticated design and exceptional sound. The stylish Bose Soundbar 500 has a thin profile that fits discreetly under your TV, while its powerful acoustics fill the room with sound. And the Bose Home Speaker 500 delivers the widest sound of any smart speaker.

Bose Smart Speakers

Do you want more music in more rooms? The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars works together. The Bose Soundbar 700, designed to be the world’s best soundbar, delivers an unmatched combination of sophisticated design and exceptional sound. The stylish Bose Soundbar 500 has a thin profile that fits discreetly under your TV, while its powerful acoustics fill the room with sound. And the Bose Home Speaker 500 delivers the widest sound of any smart speaker.

Start your holiday shopping early at Best Buy and pick up this amazing Bose System today!

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2018 Supply Chain Management Trends

Introduction

Technology often affects supply chain management structures. One development in the past 10-20 years shaping the way supply chains operate is the increased use of Internet shopping. Will wholesalers and retailers keep up with SCM Changes?

Overview of Supply Chain Management

A supply chain is the path that goods or services travel, which is a journey that supply chain management oversees. For tangible goods, this process usually begins in a factory where items are built and ends with those pieces in customers’ hands. Service SCM often starts at a place of business where customers will have access to help they need, and these customers also might use online or telephone communication to make service requests. Some businesses choose to have an internal team handle SCM, while others hire outside experts.

Latest Trends in SCM

Because of the increase of online shopping, companies now strive to make delivery times as short as possible for as inexpensive as they can. This initiative involves the use of visualized data for tracking orders and shipments. To shorten delivery times, some businesses also have planted factories and warehouses closer to where customers live.

Along with data visualization and localized manufacturing facilities, current SCM practices seem to demand the use of the Perfect Order Index indicator. A company with the best POI is the one who ideally ships all orders on time with no damage or loss occurrences — or at least does ship perfect orders nearly 100 percent of the time.

Artificial intelligence technology including the use of drones, which also can speed up delivery, is another new SCM trend. Automation of purchases and orders works in conjunction with this recent SCM development. In some cases, this includes automated transaction procurement at both the business-to-business and business-to-consumer levels. It may also include automated invoicing along with immediate delivery of payment receipts.

Current SCM trends might seem impersonal to some shoppers. One challenge that both wholesalers and retailers face right now is providing the one-on-one customer service experience many consumers still crave. B2B clients also might still demand VIP, face-to-face service.

Conclusion

Offering the best of both worlds, which includes the efficiency that technology can provide combined with a physical presence near delivery destinations, could bring back the hometown feeling many people remember and miss from their younger days. For instance, local grocery stores delivered milk straight from a nearby farm to homes at least once a week. This took place at least until the early 1980s and is in a way happening again with online ordering being the major difference.

Combining digital order fulfillment technology along with the “mom and pop” feel of local pickup that some customers prefer could put a company ahead of their competitors.

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Photography: An Ever-Evolving Enterprise, And success requires the ability to adapt to changing markets while staying true to your unique vision

You know, most everyone who picks up a camera experiences the common frustrations of the beginning photography: Out of focus, improper exposure, dull images, and poor composition. When you study with Vince Wallace, you’ll be taken step-by-step through a well-planned course of video sessions, starting from a beginning skill level—and proceeding into advanced techniques used by professional photographers. You’ll no longer be confused by your camera’s thick manual. You’ll learn how to create breathtaking landscapes, capture the motion everywhere around you, and portray human portraits with splendid emotion.

If you’re a portrait photographer, you know will probably be very likely to find yourself booking family photo shoots from time to time. Especially if you’re a locally established artist with your own studio, family shoots are great source of reliable income because very often, first time clients become repeat ones.

For example, if a newlywed couple books an engagement shoot with you and it goes incredibly well, they will very likely circle back and book you in the future for newborn or group portrait shoots if they decide to start a family. If you’re looking to improve your family photo shoot techniques, we have a few helpful tips with browsing for some inspiration:

Young man using a professional camera

If you have been taking pictures for a while? That’s ok. You quickly review the basics (you might be surprised at what you didn’t know). You’ll then move into the more advanced training on balancing light exposure, aperture, and ISO settings. No other course covers all you’ll find here. You’ll learn artistic and design elements, color theory, how to capture movement, and all about the different types of lenses.

Ismail Sirdah is a great photographer and entrepreneur who has gained recognition in the niches of travel, retail, and wedding photography. I really love his He recently opened his own photography school, and has helped many young photographers open thriving businesses.

Ismail Sirdah began his work in photography as a photographer’s assistant. Using his SLR camera, Ismail would practice photography techniques for hours until he created a great photograph. His willingness to try new techniques and experiment with new equipment gave him an advantage when he opened his own photography business.

And I think that every blogger needs a lightweight, high-quality camera which is capable of taking live action shots at a moment’s notice. I know that quality should, of course, be as high as possible, factors such as shutter speed, wide-tracking mode, and the amount of focusing points available, all become increasingly important. You need a battery that lasts and a camera which is intuitive to use. Here we are presenting you the five best cameras for avid bloggers. Among these you will find options to suit any preference, guaranteeing that you will find the best camera for blogging in your style.

We know that professional photography is an ever-evolving enterprise. And success requires the ability to adapt to changing markets while staying true to your unique vision. Monica Sigmon, M.Photog.Cr., and Michael Taylor, M.Photog. Hon.M.Photog. Cr., API, F-ASP, of Sigmon Taylor Photography learned this lesson firsthand as they refocused and revitalized their Williamsburg, Virginia, portrait business after a downturn during the financial crisis of the late 2000s. They are two of the best photographers out there today.And success requires the ability to adapt to changing markets while staying true to your unique vision.

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SunBrite TV Veranda Series: Review

You know, It’s a good general rule to not leave your television outside. TVs are delicate devices that won’t work if they get too hot, too cold, or too wet (or, really, wet at all). If you have dreams of a deck, patio, or porch where you can watch your favorite shows on a big screen, you’ll need to look for some special equipment unless you want to shlep it indoors whenever you don’t use it. That’s where SunBriteTV comes in. Go to http://bby.me/w88b9 for the best SunBrite  TVs. The company makes TVs specifically for use outdoors, like the $1,499 43-inch SB-4374UHD we tested.

About Sunbrite TVs

SunBriteTV designs and engineers the only time-tested TVs in the world that are specifically built from the ground up for the outdoor environment. These true all-weather, outdoor LED-LCD TVs deliver superior brightness, while resisting the harsh effects of rain, dirt, insects, extreme temperatures and UV rays.

All SunBriteTV models are designed, engineered, and assembled in our production facility in Thousand Oaks, CA — making SunBriteTV the only consumer brand that actually manufactures televisions in the United States.

SunBrite TVs offer 30% to 3 times higher brightness, reduced glare, and a sharper picture than typical indoor TVs. This provides an ideal viewing experience in brighter outdoor environments.Veranda Series 4K UHD outdoor TV for full-shade outdoor spaces. Up to 30% brighter than indoor TVs for improved viewing outdoors!

Which SunBrite TV outdoor television is right for you?

All SunBriteTV televisions share the features that make them the right choice for outside use: brighter than indoor televisions, weatherproof (protection against snow, rain, insects, humidity), weatherproof cable connections, and a warranty that’s valid for outdoor use. Where you place your TV determines which model is the best fit.

The Leader in Outdoor Television

SunBriteTV has a TV to fit your space.Veranda Series 4K UHD outdoor TV for full-shade outdoor spaces. Up to 30% brighter than indoor TVs for improved viewing outdoors! SunBrite TVs are specifically designed to handle rain, snow, dust, insects, salt air, humidity and extreme temperatures. Indoor TVs are made for climate controlled interiors.

SunBrite TVs are engineered for safe, permanent outdoor installation. Indoor TVs manuals warn against outdoor use due to potentially dangerous consequences.SunBriteTV has a TV to fit your space.55″ Veranda Outdoor LED TV – Full Shade – 2160p – 4K UltraHD TV – SB-5574UHD-BL

55″ Veranda Outdoor LED TV – Full Shade – 2160p – 4K UltraHD TV – SB-5574UHD-BL 75″ Veranda Outdoor TV – Full Shade – 2160p – 4K Ultra HD LED TV – SB-7574UHD-BL

And you know SunBriteTV’s mission is to deliver a safe, outdoor, worry-free entertainment experience to our customers. Our goal is to design and produce the highest quality outdoor products in the world. Our core values are integrity, innovation, teamwork, and we are deeply committed to delivering complete customer satisfaction. If you own a SunBriteTV and you are not 100% satisfied, we want to know about it. Please visit us at: http://bby.me/w88b9 at for the best Sunbrite TVs.

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Artificial Intelligence: The Next Big Thing in Technology

You know, I think it’s impossible to read about technology today without running headfirst into artificial intelligence (AI) and the topics under its umbrella: autonomous driving, machine learning, deep learning, ethics/law/regulation, military applications, healthcare, FINTECH, and even customer experience. At that second level, it’s startling how much one encounters China and its extraordinary investments in artificial intelligence. Chinese advancements are fascinating, but for me, at least, also downright worrisome — what I’ll call my “fascinated skepticism”. Please enjoy the articles below as you head into the weekend.

The Best in The Technology Industry

Blake Rubin is a driving force in the tech industry. He has a natural ability to understand the complexities of artificial intelligence. The major advances in machine learning software began in 2014. This led to software designed for machine learning, new techniques in biotech and breakthroughs in computing. This was the period when he began to establish his career in the tech community. He believes software creating artificial intelligence will become a reality in the not too distant future. His research and expertise on the subject have helped make major strides in the field.

Attractive young man doing some social networking on his phone while taking a break at a smoothie shop

Artificial intelligence is being used in the development of new products such as apps, smart technology, and virtual assistants. This technology is additionally enabling the user to find solutions to incredibly difficult issues. Blake is interested in the field concerning deep learning. This can be defined as processing data with simulated neurons. The main focus of deep learning is imaged because although they are easily understood by humans, it is extremely difficult for software to be given the ability to decipher an image.

And regardless of whether you’re a diehard tech fanatic, always after the latest devices, or a laid-back “average” consumer, if you’re like me, you can’t help but look forward to the tech developments and trends that lie ahead. After a year with surprisingly high sales for smart speakers and virtual reality, as well as the debut of several new phones and tablets, I’ve spent the last several weeks looking ahead to the possible trends that will unfold in 2018.

And also, as a marketer, my perspective often turns to how we can use these new technologies and trends to better communicate and connect with our audiences, but general tech trends hold much more potential than that—they have the capacity to change how we live and interact with each other.

So what will the biggest tech trends of 2018 be, and how will our lives change, accordingly?

AI permeation. Artificial intelligence (AI), largely manifesting through machine learning algorithms, isn’t just getting better. It isn’t just getting more funding. It’s being incorporated into a more diverse range of applications. Rather than focusing on one goal, like mastering a game or communicating with humans, AI is starting to make an appearance in almost every new platform, app, or device, and that trend is only going to accelerate in 2018. We’re not at techno-pocalypse levels (and AI may never be sophisticated enough for us to reach that point), but by the end of 2018, AI will become even more of a mainstay in all forms of technology.

AI will become a political talking point.

We all know that while AI may help create jobs, it will also cause some individuals to lose work. For example, Goldman Sachs expects self-driving vehicles will cause 25,000 truckers to lose their jobs each month, as reported by CNBC.

And also, if large warehouses can operate with just a few dozen people, many of the 1 million pickers and packers currently working in U.S. warehouses could be out of a job.During the 2016 election, President Trump focused on globalization and immigration as causes of American job-loss, but during the 2018 midterm elections, the narrative could be about automation and artificial intelligence, as more working-class Americans struggle to adjust to the new landscape.

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Considerations for Launching a Tech Startup

Now the time to launch your tech startup. You have brainstormed and decided to move forward with your plans. Or maybe, you just have the idea and nothing else.

It could be that you appreciate that tech is a hot sector and having an iron in the fire is most important. Whether you have a product in mind or are just looking to get into the sector with the help of some unsecured small business loans, this article will help you consider what you will have to contend with as you begin your journey:

Current Hot Tech Topics

If you are someone with ideas or are unsure where to focus your efforts, the very first thing to do is research those areas of tech that are gaining traction now. What products are being developed and what opportunities may exist? Here are some of the hottest trending areas.

– Wearable Tech

This has been with us for decades but continued advancements and integration with smart home devices and augmented reality will result in even more options being made available to entrepreneurs.

– Augmented Reality

Yes, virtual reality (VR) is still a thing. Manufacturers of VR devices continue to improve on their offerings, but now augmented reality (AR) is ready to be used by government and business, and eventually household consumers. Opportunities exist to create applications that generate the overlays used with a real-world environment.

– Internet of Things

Smart home devices, traffic cameras, GPS sensors in automobiles, are examples of things that are connected to the Internet but not manipulated by humans. As all aspects of our lives are monitored and controlled by various machines and programs, this segment of technology will continue to grow – as will concerns over the security of IoT and similar tech. When used with other tech, such as AR, numerous possibilities emerge.

Planning for Your Tech Startup

As with any business, you need to clearly define what it is you want to accomplish and put all of this data into a professional business plan. Your business plan is your roadmap to success or failure. It affords you an opportunity to be honest with yourself and with potential investors.

– Research

What are you going to produce? Maybe you have a great idea for an improved smartwatch or maybe you want to create an AR application that can present images of someone else’s smartwatch market yourself as a virtual reseller. Examine your ideas and honestly decide if they may be profitable.

– Capital

How much will this tech venture cost to get off-the-ground and remain afloat? Most high tech ventures are funded by those who specialize in building up tech companies. Seek out those people and make sure you know every word and calculation in your business plan.

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Understand the Realities of Running a Tech Startup

Whether you receive venture capital for your tech startup or acquire funding from other sources, you have to face the reality of managing your startup. Even if it is just you, and no employees, you need to be able to manage time and resources. If you have staff, there are other considerations to take into account that place demands on your time and take you away from focusing on your desired goals.

Launching a tech startup is a trying, but potentially rewarding undertaking. It’s always worth following a dream and if yours is launching a tech startup, you should go for it. Just appreciate that it involves a considerable amount of work to accomplish, and keep running.

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Motive Partners

In the current world, financial trading has become one of the daily sources of life for many people. As a result of this, millions in terms of financing has been directed to new discoveries on the same line. This has made it possible to trade in the same. Thus tech guys also ventured in this line and as a result there was a revolution in the financial technology. Many and different organizations have allocated some part of their resources to this business venture to discover new and better methods so as to furnace thousands from the same. As a result, some huge investors have taken to the business of helping start-up companies that have new ideas in the financial technology line or as it is best known as the FinTECH industry. There are a variety of investors and some are the Motive Partners who we are going to discuss in depth below.

Motive Partners is a group that contains various entrepreneurs and investors all from different fields and all have different expertise in the various environments to ensure that they help start-up businesses that have decided to venture in the financial technology sector. On top of this they also ensure that old businesses that are focused to improve the financial technology are also boosted and given some sort of backup. The company is made up of people who have different expertise including: operators, investors, industry leaders as well as technologists all that help guide the said company to ensure its success. The core mission for the investment firm is to build as well as backing of the various start-up financial technology organizations to ensure that the said firm has a stable and bright future.

The above investment firm will take the company that they plan to invest in hand in hand through all the hardships that they face. Since many people in the world are taking into ensuring that they manage their accounts as well as their property personally ensuring that financial institutions do not handle this, they educate the public about the various financial technologies that they have. This will ensure that the start-up company has a stable and steady customer platform. The start-ups suffer from different hardships and the main ones are that they do not have enough capital to ensure that their ideas transform to something tangible. The investment firm will ensure that in a case where the idea is a good one, your ideas will be helped so that they can manifest to something tangible. They will also help different start-ups to ensure that there is an innovation that is line with the financial sector.

Since time in memorial, there has been domination from the financial institutions in the financial services and as a result there may be some sort or reluctance from this institutions. The group Motive Partners will fight for financial stability as well as the rights of their customers to ensure that there is some competition to the financial institutions so that the services offered also improve. The economic situation is also affected by the ways in which the financial institutions carry out their businesses. This is caused by the fact that most institutions in the line currently do not get the share of the capital that they intended to have. As a result they will have to better their services or face death due to the fact that most people are taking matters to their own hands. The group Motive partners has also had a hand in this due to the fact that they have educated their customers on the business.

The group has changed the FinTECH market through the following ways investing, innovating and also operating. In the investing arena, the group has taken to the different areas to figure out the various methods that may result to the improvement of the financial technology. Through this, they have invested in the different firms and made the ideas from the firms develop to actual algorithms or more tangible material to trade in the financial market. Through innovation, they have seized opportunities that others deemed not possible to ensure that there is sanity in the financial trading sector. They have also made vast changes that are visible to people in the financial services department. Through operation, they have helped the organizations that they partner with in their managerial areas so that they have stable companies and as we all know happy workers give the best results in any working condition.

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The group in itself also has a chain of command within itself. The group that manages the investment firm is broken into three parts that include: Managing Partners, the founding partners and finally the team that is in the administrative role. The managing partners include Rob Heyvaert, Stephen C Daffron, Mike D Hayford and one man that is known as Andy Stewart that was just promoted from the partner’s level.

The next level of managerial, comes the founding partners that include: Frank Martire III who is the general head of counsel in the firm. Next is Etienne Castiaux who is in charge of the technology and has a title as the chief technology officer in the firm. Luc Philippi is next on the list and he is in charge of the operations that occur within the firm. Jon Bradford was one of those founding father to the company from its early stages and has since held a part in this managerial office. Alastar Lukies is the final member within the founding partners.

The group that is held responsible for the organization of the firm consists of people who are the principals in the investment sector the people that fill this shoes include Sam Nayden, Neil Cochaine and finally Yuting Zeng. There are also two people who act as the principal chiefs of staff and the two include: Brad Yankiver and Sam Tidswell. Next there is a man that is responsible for the investments and acts as the vice President to the principals and his name is Jeff Yellin. Jessica Roy is next in the ranking order and she is the director in human capital sector. AK Patel is the guy that is head in the IT area. There is an associate that is added to the list and his name is Ashvin Sinnathamby.

Early this year, the firm took an investment in a company that is known as LMRKTS. The amount that they invested in the said company as of now has not yet been revealed to the public. The company is responsible for reducing counterparty risks in most banks. The company is based in New York.

The investing firm is located in the current day New York as well as in London.

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Google Pixelbook: Review

Google is a company that’s in a class by itself and it has continued to grow into the super internet giant that it has become today. I visit the Google search engine everyday as do the same as billions of other visitors, too. Google has entered the new zones lately and mastered them to the fullest.

Meet Pixelbook — the new high performance Chromebook — and Pixelbook Pen1 — the smart, responsive stylus — designed to enhance the way you work and play. It’s the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in2, so you’ll be able to get more done faster and smarter. From its ultra-thin design to its collection of apps, Pixelbook is beautifully versatile and effortlessly adapts to your lifestyle. And because it’s powered by Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and software features 3.

Google is the most trusted company

Pixelbook is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in2. It’s easily accessible via the dedicated Google Assistant key on the keyboard, or by using the “Ok Google” wake word you’re already familiar with. You can even access it with Pixelbook Pen1 : simply press and hold the button, then tap the pen on Pixelbook’s screen to get help from your Assistant. And there is an offer to save $100 from 3/25 – 4/7

The best and most versatile

At just 10.3mm, Pixelbook is Google’s thinnest laptop ever, with a lightweight aluminum construction that enhances portability. The 360° touchscreen and versatile 4-in-1 design will seamlessly adjust to whatever you’re doing, too. You can sketch or edit photos, stay productive with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up to your device5, and enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red.

Complete peace of mind

With Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and features with software that automatically updates3 in the background. Pixelbook’s ready to go when you are, too: it starts up in under ten seconds, stays fast, and has a fast-charging, all-day battery6 that gives you up to ten hours of go from a single charge7

Apps for work and play

Do more of what you love with apps including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Photos and more. You can always download your favorites from YouTube Red and Google Play Movies to enjoy even without Wi-Fi.

1. Pixelbook Pen is sold as a separate accessory, subject to availability.

2. Requires internet connection.

3. Auto-updates and auto-backup require an internet connection.

4. Intel and Intel Core are trademarks of the Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

5. 500 most recently opened and 500 most recently shared with you. Accessible offline through Drive when enabled in Drive settings.

6. Battery performance is based on a mix of standby, web browsing and other use. Charging time requires a battery to be at least 5% charged, the device to be inactive, and use of included charger. Actual results may vary.

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How to Earn Money on your Smartphone

Technology has taken force over modern society in every respect; from manufacturing to office businesses, how we get there and even how we spend our free time, it’s hard to image what life would be like in this day and age without the global connectivity offered to us by the internet, and all the gadgets and hardware we use to access it.

Over the course of the past decade, probably the most notable advance in technology has come through the rise of the smartphone. Initially an impressive, high end resource reserved for those at the top of the commercial ladder, smartphones have now become the norm, with previous mobile phone models becoming all but extinct. The first smartphone is believed to have come into existence in 1992, but it was 10 years later that the more popular Blackberry smartphones hit the market in 2002, and then a further 5 years later that this technology really hit the headlines with the release of Apple’s first iPhone in 2007.

Smartphones are no longer reserved for the elite, most adults in the developed world now own a smartphone, along with the vast majority of teenagers and even some children. Apple has continuously strived to improve its product since the original iPhone was released, and to date has created 18 different versions of the smartphone. Whilst these products remain industry leaders, Apple now faces stiff competition from Android, another technology giant owned by Google, and offering innumerable models of smartphone, as well as tablet computers and a range of other products.

The rise of smartphones has worked twofold: on the one hand, their ability to carry out multiple tasks on one pocket sized device has attracted users and made the smartphone a highly desirable product. At the same time, the current generation’s desire to be able to handle numerous tasks using just one device has led developers to improve their product offering to meet this gap in the market. We now expect to be able to access everything and anything from our mobile devices, from a standard internet browser to applications that range from mobile banking to gaming.

Since we rely so heavily on our smartphones for everything from business to leisure time, paid surveys platform Crowdology has come up with a way for users to earn a little extra cash from the convenience of their smartphones. We often like to stare at our screen to pass some free time, so you can now earn money for doing so by reviewing products and services for a variety of brands.

There’s no doubt that, in order to stay ahead of the game, technology providers are going to have to improve their product offering as users expect to be able to carry out increasingly more functions on their smartphones, and look to them more and more for entertainment during spare or dull moments.

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What Does an “Affordable Phone” Mean in 2018?

A few years ago, an Indian startup promised to launch a smartphone with a pretty decent configuration that would only cost around $4. As you might expect, the interest in such a product was through the roof – Freedom 251 was pre-ordered by more than 30,000 buyers before its website crashed under the pressure. Unfortunately, this dirt cheap smartphone seems to have been nothing but a scam – although the manufacturer claims to have delivered 5,000 units, its managing director Mohit Goel was later arrested for fraud.

A $4 phone does sound unrealistic today but it’s not as far from becoming a reality as it sounds. Smartphone manufacturers have understood that to break into growth markets like Africa and some South American nations (not to mention India, one of the biggest market for Chinese phone manufacturers) they have to adapt their offer to the realities of these markets. And to do so, they will have to produce handsets with a decent hardware and a low price that the potential customers in these areas will be able to afford.

Some manufacturers have already started to release handsets that might not be the highest-performance ones out there but they are at least very cheap. EuroStar’s ONYX-1S, for example, has a configuration more than capable of browsing the web, playing at online casinos, watching videos, and playing music, and it also comes with a decent camera and a 5″ screen, and can be bought for as low as around $60. Other manufacturers – usually Chinese – also offer their customers smartphones with similar prices that might not be good enough for the Westerners but they are perfect for other, emerging markets. And they redefine the concept of an “affordable phone”.

Of course, these phones are not fitted with the latest Qualcomm or Samsung chips – but they have pretty decent MediaTek processors that have an acceptable performance at a low price. They don’t have 4,000mAh batteries – but they make do with 2,500. And their internal storage is also usually limited to 8 or 16 gigabytes, but it can be expanded with the use of memory cards. And they will also be on par with the market leaders, too, when it comes to security thanks to initiatives like Google’s latest Android Oreo Go Edition, built with exactly these affordable but limited-performance handsets in mind.

We are seeing perhaps the biggest price gap between the cheapest and the most expensive smartphones in history. We have handsets on both ends of the spectrum – on one hand, we have the 256GB iPhone X that costs $1,149, on the other, we have the EuroStar ONYX-1S with a $60 price tag.

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