As we head into the second half of 2022, some of the older flagship phones from many brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus and others will see either a dip in price, special discounts or other offers making these old flagship phones attractive propositions in some cases. But how do you figure out if you should actually buy a particular old flagship phone from 2021 or early 2022 right now? We explain which older flagship phones are good deals right now and which ones you should simply look past.
When to buy an old flagship phone?
When the pricing is good: The first factor to look at is pricing. For instance, If the old flagship phone you want launched at around Rs 60,000 and is now available at around Rs 45,000, that may be a good deal for the specifications you’re getting which will still be relatively newer hardware.
Take the Xiaomi 11X Pro as an example. The competitively priced Snapdragon 888-powered phone was launched starting at Rs 39,999 in April 2021. The phone is today available for as low as Rs 29,999, still featuring the same Snapdragon 888 chip and other flagship-level specifications. The older OnePlus 9 Pro is retailing at Rs 49,999 for the 8GB RAM+128GB option. Given it launched at Rs 64,999, this is steep discount.
When you’re looking for good cameras: If you’re looking to buy a flagship-level device only for good, overall camera performance, you may be better off buying an older flagship phone and saving a lot of money. Camera performance improvements between each generation of a flagship phone may often be not enough to justify the difference in price.
Take the Vivo X70 series from 2021. While the X80 series offers new camera features, the X70’s camera remains very capable at the same time, which also has the Zeiss branding The same is the case for the newer OnePlus 10 Pro. Both the newer OnePlus 10 Pro and the older OnePlus 9 Pro have a very capable camera, and both are powered by Hasselblad. In real-life usage, you may not even notice a difference using cameras on two generations of flagship phones.
When the performance increase isn’t very significant: The performance and speeds that flagship phones are known for come from the chipset powering the phone. These chipsets like the Snapdragon 800-series sometimes …….