Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday April 24, 2016

Cheap Flagships: The Rise Of The $400 Smartphone

I think "cheap flagship" is an oxymoron, but are you one to spend more to get bleeding-edge technologyآ—or pay less and get something that is "good enough"?

For a long time, the cost of a fast, high-end smartphone with the latest technology seemed definite. You were paying $600 or $700 no matter whether you did it up front or spread out over the course of a two-year carrier contract. This doesn't have to be the case today, however. There's an exciting new category of phone on the blockآ—the "cheap flagship," a phone that has flagship or very-close-to-flagship specs but only costs around $400. We're talking about devices like the $305 Xiaomi Mi 5, the $380 LG Nexus 5X, the $400 Nextbit Robin, the $400 Moto X, and the $329 OnePlus 2. These phones all shipped with the best (or close to the best) SoC at the time, beautiful screens, and the usual set of features.