So you want a premium phone?

Take your pick

SmartHouse - - MOBILE | REVIEW - Writ­ten by Jan Ar­reza, Jack Gra­menz, Roma Chris­tian

There’s a rea­son why iPhones sales rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of Ap­ple’s profit, with high prices not enough to steer cus­tomers away from the lure of a new flag­ship phone.

In re­cent years, smart­phones have tran­si­tioned from an ac­ces­sory to a mul­ti­fac­eted hy­brid de­vice, ca­pa­ble of ev­ery­thing from pre­par­ing doc­u­ments, gam­ing, and edit­ing videos.

Peo­ple can run whole busi­nesses from their phone, with stu­dents pe­rus­ing an en­tire se­mes­ter’s con­tent from their palm.

While sales vol­umes may fluc­tu­ate, one thing re­mains clear: peo­ple want big phones with big ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and big prices are of­ten just a byprod­uct of such ap­petite.

Here’s a round-up of sev­eral flag­ship phones cur­rently on the mar­ket: the ‘cream of the crop.’

Sam­sung Gal­axy S10+ 512GB - ($1,849)

Sam­sung’s tenth an­niver­sary Gal­axy phone, the S10+, is not mess­ing around – it’s a 6.4-inch, 8GB RAM de­vice ca­pa­ble of run­ning a plethora of tasks with ease.

The Gal­axy S10+ fea­tures an In­fin­ity-O dis­play with cin­e­matic bezel-less screen for im­mer­sive view­ing.

Boast­ing an ul­tra­sonic un­der-dis­play cam­era, the de­vice houses a pro­grade cam­era with a ‘kit of lenses’ (e.g. ul­tra­w­ide an­gle lens) en­hanced by an in­tel­li­gent photo as­sis­tant.

Wire­less charg­ing is sup­ported by a 4,100 mAh bat­tery, com­ple­ment­ing a triple rear cam­era setup and dual front lens.

Google Pixel 3XL 128GB - ($1,499)

Google’s Pixel brand of­ten leaves con­sumers pleas­antly sur­prised, with its cam­era ca­pa­bil­i­ties among its star fea­tures.

The new Pixel 3XL is Google’s most pow­er­ful phone of­fer­ing yet, with an in­tu­itive smart bat­tery and ‘Por­trait Mode’ cam­era.

The 6.3-inch de­vice in­cor­po­rates a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor and 3D Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 5.

The metal frame and soft touch glass of­fer a sleek feel, en­hanced by the lat­est Android 9 Pie and Google As­sis­tant in­te­gra­tion.

Huawei Porsche Design Mate20 RS - ($2,599)

For the price of two-and-a-bit Huawei Mate20 Pro phones, con­sumers can feast on the ul­tra-premium Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS.

Porsche have added leather to the Mate Pro’s glass back along with the Porsche Design logo for am­ple brand­ing at­ten­tion.

An ex­tra 2GB RAM and dou­bled storage gives a mem­ory con­fig­u­ra­tion of 8GB/256GB (ex­pand­able by up to 256GB Mi­croSD).

The phone also fea­tures the AI-pow­ered triple lens Le­ica cam­era ar­ray from the Mate 20 Pro and in­her­its its 3120 x 1440 6.4-inch OLED screen with un­der glass fin­ger­print sen­sor and 4200mAh bat­tery.

Nokia 9 PureView - ($1,099)

For pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts left un­sat­is­fied by a plethora of triple cam­era ar­rays, so comes Nokia’s world’s first five-cam­era ar­ray - the Nokia 9 PureView.

The con­stel­la­tion of lenses dot­ting the rear of the phone (free of any “bump” pro­tru­sions found on many mod­ern phones) gives users three mono­chrome and two-colour cam­eras shoot­ing 12MP images.

Nokia claims the 9 PureView cap­tures over 1200 lay­ers of depth, al­low­ing users to re­fo­cus images even af­ter they’ve been taken.

The phone is also part of Google’s Android One pro­gram, giv­ing users a “near-stock” Android ex­pe­ri­ence with pri­or­ity access to OS up­dates.

Ap­ple iPhone XS Max 256GB ($2,049)

Ap­ple’s iPhone XS Max 256GB brings to the mar­ket the biggest screen ever im­ple­mented on an iPhone de­vice.

It fea­tures a 6.5-inch Su­per Retina dis­play with cus­tom-en­gi­neered OLED pan­els for an HDR dis­play that pro­vides colour ac­cu­racy, as well as true blacks and high lev­els of bright­ness.

The A12 Bionic chip with nextgen Neu­ral En­gine uses real-time ma­chine learn­ing to trans­form the way a user ex­pe­ri­ences pho­tos, gam­ing, AR and more.

It comes with a 12MP dual-cam­era sys­tem that takes por­traits to the next level with Por­trait mode, Por­trait light­ing, en­hanced bokeh, all-new Depth Con­trol, and Smart HDR.

Sam­sung Gal­axy Note 9 128GB ($1,499)

Built to adapt to a user’s evolv­ing life­style, the Sam­sung Gal­axy Note 9 comes with all the tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced fea­tures such as cut­ting-edge pro­ces­sor, long-last­ing bat­tery, dual aper­ture cam­eras, and a 6.4-inch In­fin­ity dis­play.

Cou­pled with the all-new In­tel­li­gent S-Pen, it gives a user max­imised con­trol when mak­ing notes, draw­ing, pre­sent­ing re­ports, ac­cess­ing func­tions, and more.

Backed by a 10nm pro­ces­sor, the Gal­axy Note 9 han­dles the most hard­ware-in­ten­sive apps with quick re­sponse.

Driven by a 4000mAh bat­tery, the Note 9 al­lows a user to do more in less time.

The de­vice comes with dual aper­ture lens, which adapts to nat­u­ral light, giv­ing the user high-qual­ity shots day-in or day-out, while the Scene Op­ti­miser de­tects sub­jects in frame to give pic­tures the op­ti­mum colour mode.

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