All the major mobile manufacturers, except for Apple and Google, have launched their flagships for the year. So it is a good time to go through them all and checkout which is the best value flagship phones of 2019.
Kindly note that I am not tagging this post as the best flagship phones of 2019. Those are pretty obvious – just pick the most expensive smartphone by any of the top brands and you are good. But if you are not looking for the most powerful, most capable flagship smartphone, but rather the flagship phone that offers you the best bang for your buck, this article is for you. Let me explain further.
Most smartphone brands release at least two flagship devices each year. For example, OnePlus has the 7 and 7 Pro this year. One costs more than the other. But the more expensive one does not necessarily offer the better value for money. Why? In reality, the $800 or N295,000 you spend on the OnePlus 7 Pro is almost double the $450 you will pay for the OnePlus 7.
The question then is: Do the extra features of the Pro worth that extra cash? That is how to think of the concept of better or best value flagship phone. In other words, you can get a flagship without spending top dollar or Nigeria naira.
The best value flagship phones to buy in 2019
And now, we take a look at the flagship lineup of each of the most high profile smartphone brands, namely: Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Google.
What will be our yardstick for picking the best value flagship phone from a lineup? One: it must have the same processor (or a very close one) to the processor in the top model, it must offer most of the features that the top model offers, and it must have a significantly lower price than the top model.
Having clarified that, let’s roll.
1 Huawei P30 Series
In Huawei’s flagship lineup are also three smartphones: P30, P30 Lite, and P30 Pro. The competition here is between the P30 Pro and P30, as they share the same top-end Kirin 980 processor. The P30 also has much of the photography prowess, among other features, of the Pro.
Reviewers around the world have hailed the P30 as almost as capable a camera phone as the Pro, and it is just as capable in terms of performance.
With a price difference that is as much as $330 or N118,000, the P30 is clearly better value for money of the two, making it the best value flagship phone in the Huawei P30 series. See the Huawei P30 specifications.
2 Samsung Galaxy S10 Series
There are three smartphones in this flagship lineup: Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, and Galaxy S10 Plus. They have different screen sizes, memory options, and battery sizes. But the share the same Snapdragon 855 procesor.
The S10e costs N230,000 (about $650). The slightly bigger S10 costs N255,000 (about $720), while the largest model, the S10 Plus sells for between $790 (N280,000) and $1,100 (N380,000), depending on the RAM/storage options you pick.
So which of these three models is the best value flagship phone – Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10e? It is a tough one. The price difference between the two is not huge – only $55 or N20,000. I am going to leave this to you.
3 Xiaomi Mi 9 Series
Xiaomi has the Mi 9, Mi 9 SE, Mi 9T, and Mi 9T Pro. That is a total of 4 smartphones in a series. This is great. Well, let’s see.
The top model, Xiaomi Mi 9, has a Snapdragon 855 processor. The only other model in the Mi 9 series that has that same processor is the Mi 9T Pro. But it costs as much as the Mi 9 – and in some places, even more.
But the Mi 9 is already great value anyway, costing as low as $425 or N150,000 in the market. For a Snapdragon 855 smartphone, that is great value. If you are considering a Xiaomi flagship phone, just buy the Mi 9.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 has variants with 6GB RAM or 8 GB RAM, and storage of 64GB or 128GB. See the full Xiaomi Mi 9 specifications.
4 OnePlus 7 Series
Here we have two flagship phones: OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, and we already did a preliminary analysis of the two. They share the same processor, though the Pro has a bigger display and bigger battery. It also has a motorized pop-up selfie camera. The Pro maxes out at 12GB of RAM while the standard OnePlus 7 has up to 8GB of RAM.
The price difference is massive though – as much as $400 (N140,000). Methinks that the regular OnePlus 7 is the better value flagship phone of the two.
Also checkout the OnePlus 7 specifications HERE.
5 Honor 20 Series
Honor 20 series (Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 Lite and recently announced
Taking on the Honor 20 Pro. It is even one of the best top-end camera phones you can find in the market: among its key elements, there are a 48 MP main sensor with OIS, a dedicated macro camera and even 3x optical zoom, as well as a 32 MP selfie camera.
Honor 20 Pro is powered by the flagship-class Kirin 980 chipset and it even has a big 4000 mAh battery. And its global listing price is inferior to $667 (N242,000) in the 8/256 GB configuration!
6 Samsung Galaxy Note Series
Lastly on our list, we have Samsung’s second time on stage. The Samsung Galaxy Note series is a flagship lineup separate from the Galaxy S series, so we have a look at it too.
The difference between the Samsung Note10 and the Note10+ is primarily a difference in screen size. The two devices share the same processor and cameras. The differences include battery size, RAM and memory.
The difference in price between the two – $1,000 (N330,000) versus $1,100 (N385,000) – amounts to about $155 (N55,000). Are the differences worth that margin? Will the Note10 Plus has more to offer, I do think that of the two, the Note10 offers the better value.
There will be exceptions, but it is clear that, as a rule, the best value flagship smartphones of 2019 are either the middle or lower models, never the top models. The top models are for those who want everything and money is not a problem.
Ref. MobilityArena and GizmoChina