Re: Whenever I see these "overly diverse" SKU options
That's logic. You and I have logic, but phone makers don't. I was resetting some old phones for a friend's business a few weeks ago and was presented with about six phones that I thought were identical. Instead, they represented at least three different LG brands. Fine, so the black and white ones weren't the same model, but there were two different types of black phones that seemed the same to me from all respects. By the way, none at all had the same OS version/security patch. 4.4.4, 5.0.0, and 5.0.2 were all listed, along with security patch dates ranging from 2015 to January 2017.
In terms of buying a device, the many options preferred by some companies irritate me. Sure, the long list of models ensures that there probably is one that's nicely priced and includes whatever specs I'm after, but the length of the list, as well as the inability of any web listing to stop repeating them, means I'm not likely to find it. For example, try to collate a list of all the mid-range windows laptops from dell, HP, lenovo, etc. into a single database that can be searched. When, for example, someone asks me for a machine on which they intend to run windows, and I just need to find one with an I3/I5, probably 8GB memory, traditional ports, and reasonable storage, there can still be too many options for me to find the one that is best priced. I can find something meeting those specs almost instantly, but it's likely to cost almost twice as much as it should. Eventually, I find one and recommend it, only to have to start again a year later when someone says "You know computers, right? Could you help me find one to..."