Is it still worth buying a high-end smartphone? – Truth be told, 4 or 5 years ago… Which mobile phone could we buy for ~ 200/250 €? Probably something with a plastic construction, a screen resolution of around 720p, and of course rear cameras that with any luck would take decent pictures in bright places.
However, by 2019, things are quite different! I have to say… Good mobile phones are not cheaper… Cheap mobile phones are getting good!
After all, while manufacturers continue to push the prices of the highest ranges beyond 1000 €. You can find brutal machines for about ~ 250 €! Take the case of the Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20, which now costs ~ £ 250, offers an 'Infinity' AMOLED screen, pop-up camera, on-screen fingerprint sensor, plus a super-good SoC, coupled with a good amount of RAM and storage.
It is no coincidence that sales of Samsung and Apple they are free falling… Consumers cannot and will not pay € 1100 or € 1200 every year! When you have so much cheaper, quality choice on the market
Which of course led to several companies, notably the major Chinese manufacturers like Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Huawei, focus on a strategy to attack the mass-selling market! The low end and mid range market.
This is something the giants have finally realized, with Samsung equipping its full range of smartphones Super AMOLED display, also betting on the integration of top features in these devices. At the same time it imposed more affordable prices, taking into account all the competition. In turn, the Apple It also decided to launch a less stocked version of its iPhone (Xr), to realize after all if success is in the cheapest products.
So… Is it still worth buying a high-end smartphone?
The answer to this question will always depend on the real need of the consumer. If you really want to have the best the market has to offer, and you have money to spend. Of course yes! The Huawei P30 Pro, Galaxy S10 +, iPhone Xs and even OnePlus 7 Pro are phenomenal machines with few negatives.
By the way, if you really care about photography, you will hardly be happy with a mid-range smartphone. That although they now offer much higher quality, they still fall far short of what Premium ranges offer.
However, if you opt for a Mi 9T / Redmi K20 or equivalent and forget about photographic quality, you will continue to do exactly the same thing… The only thing that really changes is the money in your pocket.
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