Over time, the cost of smartphones and consumer electronics has risen, and the equation includes all sorts of factors such as increasingly complex technologies and the multitude of components needed, inflation that permanently affects all currencies used, and ultimately , the greed of producers who have allocated higher profit margins, as consumer interest has grown.
The bad news is that there are many reasons why consumer electronics are becoming more expensive and all the above-mentioned directions are coming. So the prospects for prices to return to the values we have become accustomed to in previous years is not at all encouraging.
Nor is it helpful that the main semiconductor suppliers are dwindling in number, and the remaining players are beginning to share areas of influence, more or less legally negotiating not-so-advantageous contracts with customers who no longer have where to go.
According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung is negotiating contracts with potential customers “in blood”, arguing for limited manufacturing capacity, which cannot be supplemented or used by other manufacturers (eg TSMC), already fully reserved with remaining orders .
In other words, the increasingly difficult conditions in the industry have every chance to add to the price increases already felt in most of the consumer electronics market, from state-of-the-art smartphones to devices without too much technology, but still with limited production. of essential semiconductors.