If you’ve ever come across the word flagship and are confused about what it implies, then you’re in the right place. Aside from explaining what this word is, I will be sharing some of the best flagship-level smartphones to consider buying this year.
What are flagship phones?
Flagship is a word used to describe a company’s best product, in this case, “best phone”. OEMs use this special range of devices to drive the most sales and brand value, however, smartphones in this category are mostly termed as premium and expensive. Examples are Samsung Galaxy S Series, Huawei Mate Series and so on.
Now that we have an idea what a flagship phone really is, let’s delve deeper as we explore the best flagship smartphones with the best innovations and features you can ever find on a smartphone.
List of the best flagship phones to buy
1. OPPO Reno 10x Zoom
OPPO flagship smartphone with 10x hybrid zoom
This flagship smartphone brings a 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom capable of producing images with quality. Shark-shaped front camera produces a good angle for taking selfies. There is also a 4000mAh battery and a 6.6-inch widescreen.
Oppo Reno 10x zoom specs are also equipped with NFC features, USB type C, Game Boost 2.0 features, Hi-Res audio, Breno digital assistant and fingerprint sensor on the screen.
Here are the Reno 10x Zoom Edition key specifications…
|Display||6.6-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2340 pixels, Gorilla Glass 6|
|OS||Color OS 6.0 (Android 9.0 Pie OS)|
|Processor||Octa-core 2.84GHz Snapdragon 855 chipset|
|Storage||256 GB + 6/8 GB RAM or 128 GB + 6GB RAM|
|Camera||48MP + 13MP + 8MP Rear/Motorised pop-up 16MP Front (With LED light)|
2. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung flagship smartphone with Snapdragon 855 chipset
If you want a flagship smartphone but are reluctant or don’t need the S Pen, then you can save money by buying a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. This phone is waterproof with four cameras. Its weight is quite light at only 175 grams so it is comfortable in the hand.
In the aspect of video recording, there is a super steady capability that is claimed to be equivalent to an action camera. When tested, the claim is indeed not false because the video produced is indeed stable, even when running fast.
Here are the Samsung Galaxy S10 + key specifications…
|Display||6.4 inches Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (1440 x 3040 pixels) (526 ppi)|
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie (One UI)|
|Processor||Exynos 9820 / Snapdragon 855 chipset|
|Storage||8GB/256GB, 8GB/512GB, and 12GB/1TB (expanded with a memory card of up to 512GB)|
|Camera||12MP + 12MP + 16MP Rear/10MP + 8MP Front (With LED light)|
|Price||Starts $999 (around N361,000 naira)|
3. Google Pixel 4 XL
Google flagship phone with Snapdragon 855 and 90Hz refresh rate
Google officially launched Pixel 4 and 4 XL. Two phones that are able to take advantage of all the features of Android because of the makers themselves. Pixel 4 XL uses a larger battery and better display with Quad HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
Pixel 4XL is supported by the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform and includes a dual camera with OIS and a very sophisticated night mode. This phone uses an OLED Ambient EQ 90 Hz panel. With a refresh rate that is high enough to make scrolling the screen smoother and more comfortable.
Here are the Google Pixel 4 XL key specifications…
|Display||6.3-inch, P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 3040 pixels, (~81.3% screen-to-body ratio), 19:9 ratio (~537 ppi density)|
|Processor||Octa-core 2.84GHz Qualcomm SD 855 Processor|
|Storage||64GB / 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM|
|Camera||12.2MP + 16MP Rear / 8MP + TOF 3D Front (With LED light)|
|Price||Starts $899 (approx. ₦325,000 naira in Nigeria)|
4. Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei flagship phone with quad camera
Mate 30 Pro is equipped with a quad or four cameras including not one but two 40 Megapixel sensors, OIS, and 3x optical zoom. Also equipped with a 32 MP dual camera on the front that supports 3D face authentication.
Mate 3 Pro is equipped with a Kirin 990+ chipset and has a 5G variant. While the battery is very large, with a capacity of 4,500 mAh, supported by 40W fast charging and reverse wireless charging.
Here are the Huawei Mate 30 Pro key specifications…
|Display||6.53-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen, 1176 x 2400 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)|
|OS||Android 10; EMUI 10|
|Processor||Octa-core 2.86GHz HiSilicon Kirin 990 (7 nm+)|
|Storage||128GB + 8GB RAM or 256GB + 8GB RAM|
|Camera||Quad 40MP + 8MP + 40MP + 3D TOF Rear/32MP + 3D TOF Front (With LED light)|
5. Asus ROG Phone 2
Asus flagship phone for gaming
Here is one of the best flagship smartphones on this list with distinctions. This smartphone is created as a perfect fit for gamers. Features present include Snapdragon 855+ SoC, up to 12 GB RAM and up to 1 TB of internal storage suitable for playing games with large memory.
ROG Phone 2 has a design that is very focused on games with cool RGB lights and support for external accessories, as well as a sophisticated cooling system. The battery is 6000mAh and supports reverse charging.
Here are the Asus ROG Phone 2 key specifications…
|Display||6.59 inches, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2340 pixels|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie), ROG UI|
|Processor||2.96GHz Kryo 485 Octa-core Snapdragon 855 Plus|
|Storage||128/512GB ROM + 8/12GB RAM|
|Camera||48MP + 13MP Rear/24MP Front (With Dual LED light)|
There you go. What do you think about the flagship smartphones listed above, considering the features they pack, are they worth your money?
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