In the past few months we’ve seen several really awesome bang for the buck smartphones come out from international brands, starting with Meizu’s M1 Note. With the imminent release of Huawei’s Honor 4X, Alcatel’s Flash Plus and the upcoming Lenovo A7000, it seems that the 6-9K price bracket has been inundated with really good devices, all of which have LTE.
Of course, this presents a problem to local brands who don’t have similar phones. At this point last year all we did was write about new phones that local brands were releasing – which isn’t the case now. We managed to talk to a couple of execs from local brands during Intel’s official get together yesterday, and they pretty much admitted what we were thinking about the past few days – if your phone is priced in the 6 to 9K price bracket and don’t have LTE and good specs, it’s going to sit in the shelves, unsold.
Local brands will have to re-evaluate the devices that they plan to release in the next few months, which theoretically means that we should have stronger and more competitive offerings from local companies, which will ultimately mean more choices for consumers down the line.