The Secondary Smartphone
Introducing a technology that can test and grade one million mobile devices per year
The market for recycled goods of all types is accelerating. Consumers are concerned about sustainability, product life spans are growing longer and new online platforms are making it easier than ever for sellers to find buyers.
Smartphones are among the products thriving on secondary markets. The market for pre-owned devices has been growing steadily for a decade, and according to B-Stock, the sector is currently worth more than $25 billion a year.
This is clearly good news for consumers. A robust secondary market gives more people access to affordable high-end devices. It also benefits carriers, the primary sellers of these refurbished smartphones.
Naturally, the secondary market depends on efficient cosmetic appraisal and diagnostic testing. While demand for pre-owned smartphones has soared, the techniques used for device grading have been at a standstill — but this is set to change.
Ingram Micro is preparing to launch REV, a new robotic solution. REV introduces automation to the mobile grading process for the first time, and a single REV machine can test and grade one million devices per year.
In this white paper, we will dive deeper into the dynamics of the secondary market for smartphones and examine how automation will change it.
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Multiple Factors Drive Growth in $25B Secondary Mobile Device Market
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Innovation Needed in Smartphone Refurbishment Market
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Robotics, Continuous Processing & Photometrics Bring More Profit for Smartphone Resellers
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REV: A Walk-Through New Automation for Smartphone Grading
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At last, machine processing has come to the mobile diagnostics business and demand for used smartphones is booming! In 2018, specialists processed 175.8 million used devices. Experts believe they will need to recycle 332.9 million in 2023.
New premium device models are more expensive than ever. Product lifecycles are getting longer. Customers in developing markets want affordable options. And there’s the 5G upgrade factor, which promises to to unleash a flood of quality 4G devices onto the used market.
REV is Ingram Micro’s response to this surging market. Human operators can use one REV machine to test and grade up to 480 devices per hour, improving the industry average by 10x.
For more information on REV, visit our REV resource center.