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7 smartphones from 2017 still worth buying today

They’re much cheaper now, too!

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As much as we love promoting the latest and greatest from the smartphone world, we’re still committed to recommending the best bangs for one’s buck. Now that we’re more or less done covering 2018’s top flagship phones, let’s take a look back at which smartphones from 2017 are still worth buying today.

Here, we take discounted pricing, legacy features, and relevance in today’s market into consideration. There are lots of great products from last year to be found, but these seven are the ones that we would still wholeheartedly recommend up until now.

Essential Phone

This has to be the king of 2017 smartphones that are still relevant today. Not only does its build, performance, and software updates hold up to this day, you can find the Essential Phone at extremely discounted prices. Even better: There’s no successor in sight, so you know you’re getting nothing but the best support from Essential’s sole product.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Not a fan of the notched, Touch ID-less iPhone revolution? We feel like the iPhone 8 Plus with its untainted display and front-mounted fingerprint scanner is for those who want a more traditional experience. Apple still sells it, and at discounted prices. Get one while you can, because it’s looking like Apple has no plans of going back to this design.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Since the Galaxy Note 9 turned out to be such an incremental upgrade over its predecessor, the Note 8 became an even better deal a year after its initial release. Its hardware is top-notch, from the simpler S Pen to the gorgeous display, and it can be found at a price much lower than the Note 9’s.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Like the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy S8 pair doesn’t have such a lucrative successor, making these two models popular among bargain shoppers. You’d have to deal with only a single camera on the back, but every other major feature, including the sleek body, is already available.

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google disappointed a lot of fans this year by releasing the Pixel 3 XL with an overly deep notch. If that’s not your thing, and you can live without some of the minor upgrades of the successor, the Pixel 2 XL can do almost everything just as well without a hideous black cutout.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

As great as the Mate 20 Pro is, Huawei’s effort on the Mate 10 Pro stands the test of time. Its Leica-infused cameras are fantastic even by today’s standards, and the phone does get faster through time. It’s also a little less daunting compared to this year’s model.

Razer Phone

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Because the Razer Phone 2 is practically an OG Razer Phone with slightly better components and cameras, choosing the 2017 model seems like a no-brainer if you’re looking to save a few bucks while still wanting a smartphone geared towards mobile gaming.

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Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability in the Philippines

Another monster battery phone!

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Samsung’s new beast — the Galaxy M51 — is finally making its way to the Philippines. With an official listed page on the Samsung Philippines website, the arrival of this monster battery phone is imminent.

The Galaxy M51 prides itself with a massive 7000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. This new midrange phone sports a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity-O display. On its front, you can find an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole camera housing a 32-megapixel shooter.

It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For extra storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot up to 512GB.

Meanwhile, its rear features a quad-camera setup: a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Regarding its ports, the Galaxy M51 uses a USB Type-C port and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack. In line with all other Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll ship with OneUI out-of-the-box and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s multi-layered security feature.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 will retail for PhP 19,990 and will come in two colors: Black and White. It will be exclusively available online starting September 25, 2020, at Samsung’s official online store, eCommerce partners such as Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, and MemoXpress, and telecom companies like Globe and Smart. Early birds can score up to PhP 2,098 worth of freebies from September 25-28, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M31: How long does a 6000mAh battery last?

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realme 7i launches with Snapdragon 662 and 90Hz display

Marginal improvements over the realme 6i

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realme has officially taken the wraps off its latest entry-level device, the realme 7i. The launch of the device comes after realme launched the 7 series in India.

realme 7i is more than a substantive upgrade to the realme 6i, which launched six months ago. The biggest update to realme 7i is the chipset. It now touts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, although it isn’t clear if this chipset offers improvements over its predecessor’s MediaTek Helio G80.

Another major improvement of the realme 7i over the 6i is its display. This time, realme put a 90Hz display on its entry-level device. However, the resolution is still the same at HD+. This is realme 7i’s differentiating feature between its regular and Pro variant, considering that both have FHD+ resolution.

realme 7i also has a different rear camera arrangement. The rear cameras are a combination of 64MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP monochrome + 2MP depth sensor. The 64MP primary camera is a big upgrade over the 6i’s 48MP. However, it remains to be seen if the bigger resolution offers better images for the 7i.

The selfie camera also now resides inside a display cut-out. Whereas in the realme 6i, the selfie camera resides in a waterdrop notch.

Beyond these improvements, every other spec from the realme 6i remains unchanged. The selfie camera remains at 16MP. The rear fingerprint sensor also remains unchanged. As for battery capacity, it still has the same 5,000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

And as with the 6i, the realme 7i comes with dual SIM and microSD card support. The trusty headphone jack and USB-C port is also carried over.

Pricing and availability

realme 7i will come in two color configuration: Aurora Green and Polar Blue. Both configuration comes with Android 10, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage out of the box. It is available to purchase now in Indonesia for IDR 3,099,000 (USD 205).

Availability on other markets have yet to be confirmed. However, it should come sooner than later along with realme 7 and 7 Pro in key markets.

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Apple’s A14 chip is slower than Snapdragon 865

According to leaked benchmarking test

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This week, Apple officially unveiled the A14 Bionic chipset. The next-generation processor will reportedly go up against the processors of its competitors including the upcoming Snapdragon 875. Though Apple hypes up the processor’s new Neural Engine, we don’t know how it will perform against the industry yet. However, according to a leaked benchmarking test, Apple’s A14 chip is slower than Snapdragon 865.

Leaked by Ice Universe, the unannounced iPhone 12 Pro Max supposedly scored 572333 on AnTutu’s popular benchmarking software. In comparison, the Snapdragon 865-powered Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra scored a towering 646730 above the leaked iPhone. For another comparison, the Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered ASUS ROG Phone 3 scores 629245 — still notches above the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

According to the leaker, the recently announced chipset likely focuses on power usage efficiency, rather than overall performance. The chip boasts numerous improvements in artificial intelligence features.

Regardless, Apple has not officially announced the iPhone 12 series yet. The recently concluded Time Flies event unveiled new iPads and the Apple Watch Series 6. Despite the missing iPhones, the company will still reportedly release the new series sometime in the fourth quarter.

However, if you’re looking for a performance booster, the iPhone 12 might not offer what you’re looking for — that is, if the leak will prove true.

SEE ALSO: Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout

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