Choosing the flagship smartphone of last year at an affordable price

If you are planning to buy a new smartphone, then you do not need to buy the latest flagship. Mid-range phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Google Pixel 3a can offer very good parameters, and if you are still set up for a high-end device, we recommend that you pay attention to last year's flagships - they are cheaper than the latest models of this year, but they have almost all the high-end characteristics.

1. Google Pixel 3

Google's Pixel 3 is still the last smartphone in the Pixel line, but on the eve of the release of the model 4, its price is starting to fall. This device is still very competitive, offering a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and 64 / 128 GB of internal memory, as well as an IP68 dust and moisture protection rating, a 5.5-inch frameless OLED screen with FHD+ resolution, and a 2915 mAh battery. The more solid Pixel 3 XL model is equipped with a 6.3-inch QHD+ OLED screen and a 3430 mAh battery.Both phones offer a dual selfie camera of 8+8 MP, in which the second sensor is wide - angle, but the main camera in both - single, 12 MP, with HDR+, Night Sight, Top Shot and a host of other useful features, providing very high-quality images.

Google Pixel 3 Features:Screen: 5.5 inches, FHD+Processor: Snapdragon 845RAM: 4 GB Built-in memory: 64/128 GB Main Camera: 12 Mpfrontal Camera: 8 and 8 MpBattery: 2915 mAh OS: Android 9.0 Piecharacteristics of Google Pixel 3 XL:Screen: 6.3 inches, QHD+Processor: Snapdragon 845RAM: 4 GB Built-in memory: 64/128 GB Main Camera: 12 MP Frontal Camera: 8 and 8 MpBattery: 3430 mAh OS: Android 9.0 Pie2. Huawei P20 Pro

The flagship of 2018 from Huawei represented a major step forward for the company, as it was with this model that it surpassed everyone in the field of photography. It was the world's first smartphone with a triple camera, where a 40-megapixel sensor was combined with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. This model has a 5x hybrid zoom, which makes it one of the best for photography. The phone is also the first device with a new generation of night shooting mode, providing excellent shots in low-light conditions. The only real downside to its camera is that it doesn't have a wide-angle sensor. .

Its other features include a Kirin 970 chipset, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, a 6.1-inch OLED screen (FHD+), and a 24-megapixel selfie camera. Since the release of the Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro, the price of the P20 Pro has dropped, and it is now much more affordable.

Huawei P20 Pro Features:Screen: 6.1 inches, FHD+Processor: Kirin 970RAM: 6/8 GB Built-in memory: 128/256 GB Main Camera: 40, 20, 8 Mpfrontal Camera: 24 MpBattery: 4000 mAh OS: Android 9.0 Pie3. LG G7 ThinQ

LG is not having the best of times, but it's hard to argue with the fact that the LG G7 ThinQ is not a successful flagship model. In 2018, this device reached the proper high level, receiving protection from dust and moisture rated IP68, wireless charging and Snapdragon 845 chipset.

The LG device also offers 4 or 6 GB of RAM, 64 or 128 GB of expandable memory, a 6.1-inch LCD screen (QHD+), and a dual main camera (16 MP + 16 MP, one of which is wide - angle). Add to this a 3.5 mm headphone jack and four-channel audio, and you get a very attractive device.

The biggest drawback of the LG G7 ThinQ is that it has a built-in battery with a capacity of only 3000 mAh, which was disappointing in 2018, and even more so now. LG also has a not-so-good reputation when it comes to software updates. However, this phone is available for a very good price.

Features of the LG G7 ThinQ:Screen: 6.1 inches, QHD+Processor: Snapdragon 845RAM: 4 / 6GB Built-in memory: 64 / 128GB Main Camera: 16 and 16 MP Frontal Camera: 8 MpBattery: 3000mAh OS: Android 9.0 Pie4. OnePlus 6T

Rumors about the upcoming OnePlus 7T model abound on the web, but the previous device in the line - OnePlus 6T-is still very attractive. This late-2018 flagship features a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6-8 GB of RAM, and 128-256 GB of internal storage.The OnePlus 6T differs from its predecessor by offering a significantly larger battery (3,700 mAh versus 3,300 mAh). The combination of the larger battery and the OxygenOS shell means that you can expect a long battery life of your smartphone from a single charge.

Other noteworthy features include a 6.47-inch OLED screen with an on-screen fingerprint sensor, a 20 + 12 MP main camera, and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera embedded in the screen as a drop.

OnePlus 6T Features:Screen: 6.47 inches, FHD+Processor: Snapdragon 845RAM: 6/8 GB Built-in memory: 128 / 256 GB Main Camera: 16 and 20 MP Front Camera: 16 MP Battery: 3700 mAh Battery: Android 9.0 Pie5. Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone 2 model has not yet been replaced with a new one, but it is already available with very significant discounts. Razer's latest gaming smartphone (which may indeed be the last) offers a 120 Hz refresh rate screen (QHD +, IGZO LCD), a Snapdragon 845 processor, IP67-rated dust and moisture protection, and wireless charging. In addition, you can count on 8 GB of RAM, 64 or 128 GB of internal memory, a 4000 mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner placed on the side.

Its main camera of 12 + 12 MP leaves much to be desired, and the lack of a 3.5 mm audio jack is also not particularly pleasing. But its discounted price looks very attractive, given the quality of this device.

< /p>Razer Phone 2 Features: Screen: 5.7 inches, QHD+Processor: Snapdragon 845RAM: 8 GB Built-in memory: 64/128 GB Main Camera: 12 and 12 MP Front Camera: 8 MP Battery: 4000 mAh Battery: Android 9.0 Pie6. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 10 has already been released, and this means that you can expect a price reduction for the previous Galaxy Note 9 model. With it, you'll get a Snapdragon 845 chipset (or an Exynos 9810 outside of the US and China), 6 or 8 GB of RAM, and 128 or 512 GB of expandable internal storage. This smartphone also offers a 4,000 mAh battery, wireless charging, and an upgraded S Pen stylus. Now it has built-in Bluetooth, which allows you to use it as a remote control for presentations, control the camera shutter button, and so on. In addition to the above, the Galaxy Note 9 has a dual 12 + 12 MP main camera with a telephoto lens, an 8-megapixel selfie camera and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is already missing in the Galaxy Note 10.

< /p>Features of the Galaxy Note 9:Screen: 6.4 inches, QHD+Processor: Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810RAM: 6/8 GB Built-in memory: 128 / 512 GB Main Camera: 12 and 12 MP Front Camera: 8 MP Battery: 4000 mAh Battery: Android 9.0 Pie7. Sony Xperia XZ3

The Xperia 1 became Sony's flagship in 2019, but the Xperia XZ3 still has a lot of advantages. Of course, it will not please you with three cameras or a Snapdragon 855 processor, but you will get video recording at a speed of 960 fps and an OLED screen.

Last year's flagship from Sony also offers a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a 6-inch 1440p display, and a 3,300 mAh battery with 18W charging and wireless charging.

Other options for the Xperia XZ3 include a 19-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel selfie camera, and a fingerprint scanner located at the back. You will need an adapter to listen to music through standard headphones, as this phone does not have a corresponding connector. The price of this device at the moment looks optimal.

Features of the Xperia XZ3:Screen: 6 inches, QHD+Processor: Snapdragon 845RAM: 4GB Built-in memory: 64GB Main Camera: 19 MP Front Camera: 13 MP Battery: 3300 mAh Battery: Android 9.0 Pie8. Xiaomi Pocophone F1

< /p>The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 was arguably the best-priced flagship smartphone of 2018, offering a high-end Snapdragon 845 processor-and that's in a device that costs just $ 300 to $ 350.

This model from Xiaomi is still a good buy. In it you will find from 6 to 8 GB of RAM, from 64 to 256 GB of expandable internal memory, a 4000 mAh battery and a 3.5 mm audio jack. The Pocophone F1 also features a 12 + 5 MP main camera and a 20-megapixel selfie camera, as well as an infrared face scanner.

One of the disadvantages is the presence of an LCD screen (6.18 inches FHD +) instead of OLED.

Characteristics of the Pocophone F1:Screen: 6.18 inches, FHD+Processor: Snapdragon 845RAM: 6 / 8GB Built-in memory: 64/128 / 256 GB Main Camera: 12 and 5 MP Front Camera: 20 MP Battery: 4000 mAh Battery: Android 9.0 Pie