Debate: What defines the category of a mobile phone – specs or price?

While working on the review of the Motorola Moto G 2015, Mr Mo asked me, “Costing N36, 000 to N45,000, shouldn’t the Moto G be classified as mid-range instead of budget?”

I thought otherwise. The specs is budget, but the price is steep. The price already is a disadvantage of the phone. But then again, this got me thinking. Let’s looking at this from a neutral point of view : What defines the category of a mobile phone? Is it the specs or the price?

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The Moto G 2015 has 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage- that’s budget in my opinion. But it also has 4G LTE, waterproof, premium build and superb camera – this is mid range, and it affects the price. We are now torn in between. Is it a budget phone or mid-range phone?

We have seen phones with really good specs priced quite low. Good examples are the Infinix Hot, or the Innjoo i1s (as at when they were released). We have also seen other phones with poor specs and quite high prices (names withheld 🙂 ). Do we now excuse the high price and call them high-end or mid-range smart phones?

Personally, I think it is the specs that determine the category of a phone. Or is it the price? 🙄

Participate in the poll, then use the comment box to tell us what you think in graphic details. Cheers.

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9 comments

  1. I would say it’s the specs,certain specs on the specs sheet of a device screams budget or otherwise; 1G Ram,8G ROM,HD screen,low range Chipset and GPUs and less premium built etc
    These spells low range in my books,but on the other hand,we know the prices charged for these specs will depend greatly on the OEM,a Samsung or Motorola will charge an arm and a leg compared to Chinese OEMs for this but it doesn’t necessarily change the fact of it being a low range device..

  2. Its the price to me. There are actually phone with poor specs and high price all in the name of brand. Even this moto G is made of plastic…

  3. We are now torn in between. Is it a budget phone or mid-range phone?

    What is in a name? Just nomenclature.

    Can a phone only be budget or midrange , but not both ni?

    Call it a budget midrange phone and move on already!

  4. Brand name determines the price ultimately. A Samsung without a fingerprint scanner would sell for more than a Innjoo with one.

    You can’t really compare the Moto G with the Infinix or Innjoo – the former is backed by a globally known brand. The same can’t be said of the other two. You could also say that their target markets are different – Infinix and Innjoo operate within emerging markets, whereas Motorola is mainly North America and Europe.

    You’re also defining “mid range” according to European and North American standards. Go and search Amazon in any of those places and tell me how may Innjoos, Infinixes and Tecnos you find. You’ll find a lot of other brands, but not those. You might even find a Doogee and the odd grey import Xiaomi, but the criteria in both places for budget and mid range won’t be the same as it is defined in emerging markets.

  5. In my opinion, you can’t separate price from features. The problem here is that you are leaving out some features.

    Take the Moto G. it has a superior build, is water and dirt proof – and even alerts you when the back cover is not firmly in place, and both front and back cameras are superb. Those are NOT budget specs. Even the screen quality is not budget.

    If you limit specs to only processor and storage, you are missing the complete picture. These other things that are not found on budget devices are specs too.

    As I always say, if you look closely, a higher priced phone likely has something that a cheaper one does not. That something may just not be what you want. Dazall.

  6. i think it’s specs, but pricing is influenced by specs (and brand image among other factors). so it’s probably a mixture of both. you’re unlikely to find a device with a 5″+, QHD/2K display with 4/32 GB RAM/ROM, 2 GHz SoC & 5000 mAh battery for $100 (but let me know if you do)

    the thing is definitions keep changing, and as commoditization keeps bringing features previously exclusive to the flagship/premium tier down the pyramid to devices in lower price points, there will be more segments in the smartphone market.

    the smartphone space was essentially divided into flagship/premium, midrange and budget (read horrible) segments. you had to spend a considerable amount to get a good device, cheap(er)/budget devices were really not worth the savings and i suppose that’s where the idea of pricing being the determinant came in
    for example the SG II was a high end device when it was released in 2011, it had a 4.3″, ~ 220 ppi screen, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM and it cost ~ $600. a similar today would be considered budget or even entry level, and it would cost $80-200 depending on the OEM.

  7. Its the price!! Because some operating system cont need much high spec to run eg: Windows… But the price I high… I’m sure its d price not spec

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