opinion, huawei, oppo, vivo, xiaomi, android

It’s no secret that it’s not just Apple that Samsung has to compete against in the smartphone market. Samsung also has to go up against pretty much every Chinese manufacturer, especially in markets like India where Chinese manufacturers have taken a foothold thanks to how aggressively they price their phones while dangling dazzling impressive spec sheets in front of the customer.

While Samsung has surprisingly held its own against the onslaught, even in price-sensitive markets (again, India is a prime example), Chinese manufacturers have got it cornered when it comes to the kind of specs customers expect from smartphones. And that’s simply because Chinese manufacturers innovate — or rather, keep putting better specs on phones with lower and lower price tags — at a pace that Samsung cannot keep up with, yet is something the Korean giant has to contend with all the same.

200W charging? 200MP cameras? Where does it end?

For example, it’s not uncommon to see OEMs like Xiaomi, Oppo, and others trying to one-up the other by bringing faster and faster battery charging on their phones every few months. Frankly, at the rate things are going in the world of Android smartphones, a time may come when Android smartphone makers get to a point where no meaningful innovation is possible and realize that all this focus on specs was the wrong way to go about things all along.

Yes, a phone with 200W charging sounds impressive, but do most customers even care as long as their phone charges in an hour? Do they care for better pictures from their phone cameras, or have phone cameras progressed enough that anything you shoot in the auto mode is more than good enough, especially if you take most of your pictures during the day?

Our biggest concern is that in the race to provide the best specs at the lowest prices, Chinese manufacturers will also have taken Samsung down with them. Samsung has not been too aggressive at trying to keep up with the Chinese competition on the basis of specs and yet continues to do well around the globe. But even at its slower pace, Samsung might not take long to peak and get to the same point-of-no-return as the competition from the world’s most populous nation.

And before things get too bad, I think Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo etc need to take a step back and reevaluate their strategies. Perhaps take a lesson or two from Apple, which is focusing not on big hardware specs but the overall experience and services that customers actually want to use, and just generally realize that for the average consumer, numbers on the spec sheet are not as important as they think.

Meanwhile, for the relatively small subset of customers who do care about getting the latest and greatest specs, smartphone brands can always have one or two top-of-the-line models, but perhaps focus more on selling those online. We’re not suggesting that brands stop caring about the hardware completely, only that it might be a good idea to reevaluate the speed at which all the innovations and spec upgrades are delivered.

TECH NEWS RELATED

Wi-Fi routers are being hit by a dangerous new Android malware with extra DNS hacks

With the DNS changed, users are redirected to malicious pages

View more: Wi-Fi routers are being hit by a dangerous new Android malware with extra DNS hacks

Is the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Too Old to Keep Up?

Today we’re putting the Toyota RAV4 in the spotlight to take a closer look at it. We know that there are tons of great things to say about it. It’s capable, spacious, and reliable. But is the 2023 Toyota RAV4 old? Is its age starting to show?  Is the 2023 ...

View more: Is the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Too Old to Keep Up?

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Got ‘Nearly Everything Right’

Hyundai is building a reputation as an automaker that makes a lot of great cars. This is the case with the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, as Hyundai gave the car a lot of updates for that model year, and that made the car nearly flawless. Here’s a look at how the ...

View more: The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Got ‘Nearly Everything Right’

How to Remove Memories in Google Photos

Open a Memory from the Google Photos app and tap the three-dot menu icon. Then select “Hide” and choose “Remove This Memory.” Google Photos resurfaces old photos and videos in an aptly named feature called “Memories.” However, not all memories are good memories, and you may not want to ...

View more: How to Remove Memories in Google Photos

The Best Hyundai SUVs for 2023: Midsize, Compact, and Crossover

Hyundai has some excellent SUVs in its lineup right now, all of which are reasonably priced to fit many budgets. The sport utility vehicles below come with Hyundai’s five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive coverage and 10 years/100,000 miles on key powertrain components. Here are three of the best Hyundai SUVs for 2023, packed ...

View more: The Best Hyundai SUVs for 2023: Midsize, Compact, and Crossover

Refreshed Mercedes CLA Gets Mild-Hybrid Technology

Both the ’24 Mercedes-Benz CLA and Mercedes-AMG CLA receive 48V electrical systems providing additional low-end horsepower.

View more: Refreshed Mercedes CLA Gets Mild-Hybrid Technology

Best Ways To Fix Slow Internet During VPN On Windows 11

Is your VPN slowing down your Internet connection on Windows 11? You’re not alone – many users experience the same issue. Having slow Internet while using a VPN can be incredibly frustrating, especially in the middle of a big project. Whether working from home or just trying to stream your ...

View more: Best Ways To Fix Slow Internet During VPN On Windows 11

Best free sports streaming apps in 2023

Cutting the cord on cable television is something tons of people have done over the past five years. But that hasn’t proven to be the smartest way to continue to watch sports. Whether it comes from premium sports website subscriptions to keep tabs on your favorite players, or even fantasy ...

View more: Best free sports streaming apps in 2023

New software for millions of BMW vehicles with the latest software upgrade

After six months, the Galaxy A41 gets a new security update

9 Best Fix: Windows Won’t Recognize Android Device

Which Is a Better Used Sedan: the 2020 Chevrolet Impala or the 2020 Nissan Maxima?

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Wi-Fi gets One UI 5.0 as its last major update

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV: full pricing and specs revealed

8 Best Smart Home Automation Apps for Android and iOS

4 Reasons to Avoid the 2023 Nissan Maxima

One UI 5.0 feature focus: Create home screen widget stacks

Will 5G Make Me Use More Cellular Data?

No Sound on Windows 11? Here Are 6 Ways How to Fix It!

2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale Gets Reasonable Starting Price

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News