“…there are now at least 120 biometric smartphone models priced under $150, with the average price now only $116.”
Biometric smartphones are now flooding the global mobile market and prices are way down, according to a new report from Acuity Market Intelligence.
There are now 500 biometric smartphone models on the market, from 87 different vendors. And over a period of just a few years, from Q1 2013 to Q4 2016, the average price of a biometric smartphone dropped from $849 to $276. What’s more, there are now at least 120 biometric smartphone models priced under $150, with the average price now only $116.
ZTE is the OEM leading the mobile biometrics market, holding seven percent of the overall marketshare. It’s followed by Huawei at 6.2 percent, then Coolpad, Lenovo, and Xiaomi at four percent each, and Samsung at 3.4 percent. Looking to software, 97 percent of all biometric smartphone models are Android devices, yet iOS remains significant with fingerprint-scanning pioneer Apple capturing 45 percent of unit sales.
The analysis tracks well with Acuity’s own predictions concerning the ongoing popularity of biometric smartphones. And with India’s government now calling for domestic OEMs to develop $30 biometric smartphones to work with its Aadhaar biometric national ID program, it’s fair to expect overall costs to continue to drop as the technology proliferates.
January 23, 2017 – by Alex Perala