What are the best "affordable flagship phones" this year? To answer that, we have to first define the curious phenomenon of a "budget flagship". First, we know that people want the best phone they can get, but of course without paying the high bill that usually comes with a flagship. Many companies have recognized this desire and have come up with clever ways to deliver phones with top-rate specs yet a much more affordable price. The first such phone might have been Google's own Nexus, which was offered with flagship processors and back in the day, you could buy one for just $300 brand new. Then, OnePlus came with its fair share of "flagship killer" slogans, and then others like Xiaomi and Honor followed. With time, these phones have gotten better and better to the point that many people these days would actually prefer such a phone over a mainstream flagship for a number of reasons. So... what are the best affordable flagships this year and what makes them stand out? Join us … [Read more...] about Best “affordable flagship” phones in 2019
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Qualcomm has announced a new flagship version of its Snapdragon smartphone platform. Snapdragon 855 is significant for two reasons – firstly, this is the platform that will power many of 2019’s flagship phones and secondly, it will power the first commercially-available 5G-capable handsets in early-to-mid 2019.Let’s explore what this means for your next smartphone.Will all Snapdragon 855 handsets be 5G?No, and this is a key point. Not all Snapdragon 855 handsets will be 5G-capable. The previously-announced X50 5G modem is, if you like, an optional extra for manufacturers to include in their handsets and is external to the main 855 chip. Instead, the 855 chip contains a 4G LTE modem (X24) capable of up to 2Gbps.This makes total sense at this stage of 5G’s development. It’s clearly intended to give manufacturers choice and raises the potential for there to be both 4G and 5G versions of flagship handsets.We’d expect next year’s Snapdragon 865 (not … [Read more...] about Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: What you need to know about the 2019 flagship phone tech
Qualcomm's newly-announced Snapdragon 855 chipset has just been unveiled at the company's own Snapdragon Summit.The new chipset enables 5G connectivity in upcoming smartphones as well as a variety of other upgrades including improved gaming and enhanced artificial intelligence. So far we've only seen a teaser of the upgrades the Snapdragon 855 will bring, but we hope to learn more about what the chipset can do in the coming days.Qualcomm may not be a company you're very familiar with, but if you own a top-end Android phone it's likely some of the company's tech is inside your device. In fact, a lot of manufacturers embrace Qualcomm's processing tech.We're expecting to see the new Snapdragon 855 chipset in a variety of top-end phones throughout 2019 and beyond, and we've had a think about the most likely up-and-coming devices that will likely include the cutting-edge chipset.Samsung Galaxy S10 Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S10 are beginning to gather steam, and the company is … [Read more...] about 7 upcoming flagship phones we expect to feature the Snapdragon 855
Article Contents1 Specs2 The Good3 The Not So Good4 Design, hardware, what's in the box5 Camera samples6 Should you buy it?18.104.22.168 Buy it:22.214.171.124 Don't buy it: Motorola is still pumping out successful mid-range and budget phones, but a smash-hit flagship device has eluded it for years. The Moto Z phones with their modular accessories have potential, but consumers aren't running out to buy many $200 projectors or $130 photo printers. If you ignore the Moto Mods, past Moto Z flagships have at least been top-of-the-line phones with uncluttered software and modern specs. That's what makes the new Moto Z3 so perplexing. It's specced like a phone from 2017. Plus, it's exclusive to Verizon. The Moto Z3 will eventually be the first phone with 5G support when the Verizon 5G Moto Mod comes out. Until then, it's just another Android phone. In fact, it's basically a Moto Z2 Force with a different screen and a few design tweaks. It's odd for Motorola to sell this phone in 2018, but Verizon is … [Read more...] about Moto Z3 review: An okay 2017 flagship phone in 2018
Mid-range and budget Galaxy phones these days have up to 24-megapixel front-facing cameras. Meanwhile, Samsung is still using an 8-megapixel sensor for the selfie cameras on its flagship smartphones. Of course, despite the lower megapixel count, the flagship front cameras usually take better photos than the cameras on cheaper Galaxy devices thanks to higher-end sensor specs. But the front-facing camera on Samsung flagships is perhaps the least talked about whenever a new flagship is around the corner.Selfies… selfies everywhereReally, when was the last time you read a story on what the Galaxy Note 9 could offer when it comes to taking selfies? Sure, the Note lineup is for the professionals and business-minded folks, but it’s not like the front camera is talked about much in the rumors that come out for upcoming Galaxy S flagships. And the reason for that may be the fact that the front camera doesn’t get upgrades as often as other aspects of a top-of-the-line … [Read more...] about Do you like the selfie camera on Samsung’s current flagship phones?