Are flagship smartphone still worth the buy?

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We all know that Samsung just launched its latest note flagship the Galaxy Note 8 priced at Php49,990 locally and the Iphone X will sure be expensive. So the Question is are flagship still worth buying?



Water Proofing, Dual Camera, a massive QHD display, 6Gb of RAM and a processor with multiple cores. this are the features you see on the latest flagship from major manufacturers, but things are starting to change. Although it may not be the most lucrative line of business for some companies, the mobile sector is currently loaded with more hardware manufacturers than ever before.




Each year a handful of super expensive, top of the line smartphones are treated to huge launch events along with major marketing campaigns. While most of these devices live up to the hype, there are plenty of viable alternatives flying below the radar of power users and casual consumers alike.

During the early days of android, the best specs and frequent software updates were the driving forces when buying a new smartphone. Specification certainly still play an important part, but these days the playing field is much more leveled.The Mid-Range aren't so mid-range nowadays.

With the release of budget friendly smartphones from OPPO and VIVO here in the Philippines are today’s low-price smartphones enough to pull consumers away from the highly acclaimed mobile gear produced by the industry’s biggest players? Let’s talk about the current state of flagships versus mid-range devices.



Mid range phones tend to have flagship features o a budget like fingerprint sensors, iris scanner and bezel-less screens but they do compromise on some specs like the CPU and GPU used, but the question is do you really need the latest hardware if you only use your phone to browse the internet and play casual games, and if you have the latest flagships do you maximized its key features. Let’s talk about the current state of flagships versus mid-range devices.


Design

A few years back, most smartphone makers would release flagship hardware with unique designs that made them stand out compared to other devices in their catalogs. However, things have changed over the past couple of years. Android heavyweights like Samsung, LG and HTC are now releasing mid-range and low-end handsets with design aesthetics almost identical to their respective annual flagship smartphones like the LG G6 and LG Q6. While it’s most likely a cost effective measure, this new trend makes some premium handsets feel a little less chic.

Remember, casual consumers aren’t really looking for much. Believe it or not, a good looking phone with a large display is enough to hook most of them into making a purchase. This new industry trend definitely makes budget-friendly prospects look more appealing.


Price

While a device’s spec sheet and benchmark scores don’t move some people, others are obsessed with a device’s internal hardware before making a purchase. These individuals are always chasing the tech industry’s new hotness and they should also be aware of diamonds in the rough.While it may not pack the punch the same punch found in flagship phone, its hardware is more than sufficient for most users. 

So having a budget of Php 15,000 for a phone nowadays can surely get you a decent hardware depending on your preference.

Similar to cars in the auto industry, new top tier smartphones are released each year. Some devices do exceedingly well, but there’s always leftover inventory to clear. In addition to a reduced price tag, a flagship phone from the previous year will likely be running the latest version of Android, or eventually receive an update to it, making the software experience nearly on par with its successor. so is it still worth getting the latest?

Final Thoughts

The evolution of Android isn’t just a story of dessert-themed software. Over the last few years, mobile hardware has made numerous advancements, bringing potent components to low-cost devices. On paper, some of today’s mid-range smartphones sound like super phones from just a few short years ago. In some regards, mobile hardware has plateaued a bit and new flagship handsets might not be as appealing to casual consumers.

People who don’t mind service contracts can purchase flagship devices at a discounted rate, with the tradeoff being a 24-month commitment. In a sense, this approach is similar to buying a year old flagship device outright, but at a slightly lower price. This setup should work for most people, but some folks just want more. As for power users who don’t mind parting with extra upfront cash, a new high-end smartphone each year is doable, but certainly not exactly necessary. However, if early tech adoption is your vice, you may want to consider selling your old phone to pick up some of the expenses that come with purchasing a pricey new device outright.

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