The under $100 point and shoot segment is an entry level segment aimed at consumers who predominantly shoot with their smartphones.
Despite their improvements over the last five years, a smartphone has a limited number of shooting features. For example, it does not have a zooming lens, at least not in the usual way we know of.
Even a basic point and shoot camera under $100 comes with optical zoom. This allows you to change the perspective of your shots. This unlike with smartphones where you have to use your feet to zoom.
The sensor inside these cameras is larger compared to what’s inside a smartphone. Even though that difference is small but it is still a difference. And in this war of ‘minuscule’ sized sensors, even a small difference is significant regarding the final image quality.