How low-end smartphones could democratize education in rural China

Roughly 70 percent of China’s population lives in rural areas. This also means that more than 70 percent of China’s students live in rural areas, making up some 160 million students of compulsory-education age. With the rapid decline of the price of smartphones to sub-$80, there is a huge opportunity to distribute and democratize education to China’s poorest and largest population. Armed with an arsenal of educational applications, smartphones have the capability to be powerful learning tools.