29th May 2023

Why do you need flagship smartphones – AndroidInsider.ru

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What defines a flagship? It used to be a powerful processor. For lack of other technologies, all manufacturers could do was increase the processing power of their smartphones. In principle, this was logical, given that Android required much more headroom than iOS. But at some point, users have already ceased to admire the cores, gigahertz and gigabytes, and the manufacturers had to focus on the camera. But processors are still important.

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Despite the fact that today it is very often believed that flagship smartphones are no longer needed (I admit, until recently, I thought so myself), this is certainly not the case. This was largely due to the appearance on the market of rather powerful processors of the middle price segment. Therefore, the paradigm changed a little, and priority was given to photographic capabilities of devices, while their performance became something for granted. Someone even began to believe that mid-priced processors are in no way inferior to top-end ones. Let’s figure out why this is nonsense.

The most powerful processor for smartphones

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Above – smartphones with Snapdragon 865 Plus, third from the bottom – a smartphone with Snapdragon 765G. Behind him are the flagships of past years

Let’s start with the actual performance. The most common misconception about this is that processors like the Snapdragon 765G are almost as good as the Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus. This is not true. Testing in synthetic tests shows that Qualcomm’s flagship chip outperforms the mainstream in performance by almost two times. As for me, this is a serious gap, given that in the ranking of the processing power of Qualcomm itself, the Snapdragon 765G processor follows just behind the Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus.

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Why you need a powerful processor

Why is this performance needed? Here are just a few reasons:

Faster loading of applications; More efficient development of games; More processor performance equals more graphics performance; Faster processing of web pages; Faster photography.

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But there are also hidden benefits. In addition to the actual performance, the headroom of computing power gives the smartphone the ability to deeply integrate artificial intelligence and smart algorithms. It is thanks to the algorithms, in particular, that it is possible to achieve a higher quality of photo and video, which is confirmed by the almost complete absence of camera phones based on non-flagship processors on the market – they simply do not pull out. And those that artificially force the quality to be extended do not reach an acceptable level in terms of speed. For this reason, incidentally, the Mi Note 10, which is considered a non-flagship camera phone, takes pictures slower than the classic Mi 10.

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There are no non-flags in the DxOMark top

I’m not even talking about quality. We will not now give examples of photos taken with different smartphones to avoid subjective assessments. Instead, I suggest you open the DxOMark ranking and see which smartphones make up the top ten. You can treat this laboratory and their ratings in different ways, but, oddly enough, for some reason, there is not a single sub-flags in the top of the rating – only smartphones based on Snapdragon 865 and Kirin 990 (Huawei’s flagship processor). After all, even if DxOMark can be bribed, do you think that no other manufacturer of inexpensive smartphones wanted to do this? You just can’t argue against facts.

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What conclusion can be drawn from this? In my opinion, very simple. Flagship smartphones, like flagship processors, are needed and should be. Without them, we will be deprived of the colossal opportunities to which we have become accustomed. After all, modern smartphones are many times superior to models even three and four years ago, at least in terms of speed, at least in photo quality, at least in any other indicators. Therefore, if you are not ready to spend money on top-end devices, this is your right, and there are many decent models among state employees. But if you want to have a top-end device, then it can only be a flagship.

Vicky O. Torres

My name is Vicky O. Torres. I am a psychologist by profession, and I love my work very much. And in general, I am an active seeker of truth, silence and beauty of the world.

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