Our Recommendations of Sub-Flagship Phones

A few years ago, a brand called Xiaomi entered the smartphone industry, bringing the Chinese smartphone industry into a fierce competition stage with high performance and low price. After years of development, today’s smartphones are highly homogenized. Chips, screens, and other components are all provided by the upstream suppliers. The smartphone manufacturers can only design and optimize the system.

In 2018, the Snapdragon 845 mobile chip led by Qualcomm was released, which once again improved the performance of smartphones. For domestic manufacturers, embracing Qualcomm is undoubtedly the most sensible choice. As a result, smartphones equipped with the Snapdragon 845 chip have been released since May. So for the user, is this so-called ‘performance flagship’ really useful? In addition to blindly pursuing the Snapdragon 845 smartphone, what other cost-effective smartphones are worth buying? In this article, we are recommending a few good values for money models.

Smartisan Nut Pro 2S

Smartisan Nut Pro 2S

Hammer Technology introduced the Pro 2s, an upgraded version of the Nut Pro 2, at the new product launch in August. The hardware was upgraded without major changes in the design. The Smartisan Nut Pro 2s is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with 4GB/6GB of memory and 64GB/128GB of storage. For the camera, the Nut Pro 2s is equipped with a 16MP front-facing camera, and uses ArcSoft’s beauty and blurring solutions, while the rear is equipped with a 12MP+5MP dual-camera.

Also Read: Smartisan Nut Pro 2S Review

The Smartisan Nut Pro 2s has a built-in TNT operating system, which is the ‘big screen windowing solution for smartphones’ that Hammer has withdrawn. Currently, TNT can only be used on both the R1 and Pro 2s models. In addition, the Pro 2s can experience a new ‘infinite screen’, the task management function with VR interaction as the core.

Also Read: Which Snapdragon 710 – Powered Smartphone To Buy?

Meizu 16X

Meizu 16x

In the past few years, Meizu has been using a set of ID design schemes. The famous name is the family style, and who knows whether the design is weak? However, the release of the Meizu 15 in the first half of the year once again made us feel good about Meizu, but J. Wong also said after the release of Meizu 15 that this is only a small test, the 16 is the flagship. In April, the Meizu 16 was released as scheduled, once again convinced us with design, revisiting the feeling of seeing MX3 at the beginning of the year.

Also Read: Meizu 16X Review | Meizu 16X Deal

At the press conference a few days ago, Meizu released the 16X. Its appearance completely passed the Meizu 16th design. In terms of performance, it is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chip. The phone comes with a 6GB memory and a 64GB/128GB storage. On the back, it carries a 12MP + 20MP dual-camera and is equipped with a Meizu-patented ring flash. The front camera uses a 20MP sensor, with the ArcSoft algorithm.

The phone supports screen fingerprint with a linear motor, making the 16X vibration feedback more comfortable. Thanks to the full compatibility of the fingerprints on the screen and the Flyme 7, the 16X is undoubtedly a recommended product.

Millet Mi 8 Youth Edition

Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition

When Meizu and Hammer released new phones, Xiaomi was not willing to show off a series of models. This time, we recommend the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition. As the Xiaomi 8 series product, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition also continues the design of its predecessors, adopting the popular mirror gradient color in the body, and offers 3 color combinations.

Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition Review | Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition Deal

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor, a 6.22-inch bangs screen, a 4GB/6GB RAM, a 64GB/128GB storage, etc. In terms of photography, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition is equipped with a 24MP front camera, and the ArcSoft algorithm is there for deep female users. The rear is also equipped with a familiar dual camera solution of the Sony IMX363 and Samsung S5K5E8.

Honor Play

Huawei Honor Play

The only Chinese smartphone that is not controlled by Qualcomm is Huawei. Thanks to its own Kirin chip, the products of Huawei and Honor have always maintained their own style. The Honor Play is equipped with a Kirin 970 AI chip, GPU Turbo technology, 4GB/6GB RAM, and storage of 64GB/128GB. There is also a 6.3-inch bangs full-screen, a 16-megapixel camera on the front and a 16MP + 2MP dual-camera combination on the rear.

Also Read: Honor Play Review | Honor Play Deal


Suzie K.

Having 9 years of experience in IT industry, Suzie has managed to work as an SEO Specialist, Social Media Marketing Specialist and Content Writer for different companies. She does her best to be a great Mom and balance work and family.

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