Should You Upgrade?
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
The technological world has been making some major leaps in advancements over the past couple of years. It’s hard to believe that it took only two years, for Samsung’s top-of-the-line smartphone (the Galaxy S10+ v S21 Ultra) to almost double in processing power, made a massive leap in graphics performance, and had an almost quantum leap in camera and screen technology.
Of course, you don’t need me to tell the massive leap that was made with the new range of iPhones.
The same can be said about Personal Computers as well. AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series came out of nowhere and took over the world by storm, obliterating the monopoly that Intel had gained over many years.
Apple computers also made a massive leap when they released their new lineup of computers that ran with their new M1 chips, designed by the tech supergiant themselves, boosting their performance to a class above the rest.
Gamers have a lot to be excited about as well. With Nvidia releasing their new graphics cards with enhanced ray-tracing on both laptops and desktop PCs, and a whole new generation of gaming consoles already released.
With the leap in technology set to continue this year, 2021 definitely looks like a good year for the tech world.
However, is it a good year for tech in Sri Lanka?
While 2020 was a great year when it comes to tech announcements, it wasn’t very good in delivering them to everyone’s doorstep. Many manufacturing plants and supply chains were at a standstill because of the global pandemic, making the new tech extremely hard to come by worldwide. Now, at the beginning of 2021, the world is just beginning to get back up to speed.
Needless to say, in addition to the global tech shortages, Sri Lanka’s current import restrictions have managed to make matters worse for local consumers.
You might have noticed that recently, life as a tech consumer has become a lot more difficult. Be it PC components, laptop computers, or even mobile phones and gaming consoles, stocks are limited and take a while to reach store-shelves, meaning that most of the time, new tech gets sold out very quickly, and even if you do manage to find a store that has stocks available, it’s usually overpriced.
In a time where digitisation and online learning are being adopted everywhere in the country, the need for a properly functioning digital device has become more essential than ever before.
Needless to say, the current situation is probably one of the worst moments in time for the general technology consumer in Sri Lanka who’s looking for a new device or an upgrade.
To upgrade, or not?
With the current situation, by the time a piece of tech reaches the shelves of your neighbourhood store, newer, sometimes better options would have been unveiled internationally, even in nearby countries.
While this is a normal situation experienced in Sri Lanka, it has been exaggerated due to the import bans in place.
Alongside that, there is also the issue of opportunistic resellers, who rake up the price in order to make a quick profit off of buyers who want the latest tech.
In a normal situation, issues such as these wouldn’t affect the general consumer as much. However, in a crucial moment, as is the present day, where there are massive leaps in technological advancement each year, the gap in performance between even one generation of technology is massive and can make a huge difference on how far in the future your device can perform reliably and quickly.
In a day and age where technology is essential, especially as we adapt to the new normal, having access to current technology is important in order to get the most value out of your investment.
If you are in the market for an upgrade, consider whether you’re making a wise purchase. Don’t fall for a deal that will leave you with the short end of the stick. Unless you have no choice but to make a purchase, keep your wallet in your pocket for a little while longer.