5 outdated smartphones which are better than new ones

| March 12, 2017

The higher the number in the title – the newer and cooler mobile. That is, iPhone 12 priori to be more advanced than the iPhone 10. But sometimes there are exceptions, where old models are better than the next generation of smartphones.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 – Redmi 4

The choice between new and more expensive Redmi 4 year old and more affordable Redmi 3 “in the secondary housing” clarified delicate nuances. Despite the fact that between the 3rd and 4th generations of the smartphone were born Redmi 3 Pro and Redmi 3S, «old man» worthy of purchase in the same way as the new “just Redmi”.

Because the filling performance is almost unchanged (Snapdragon 615 received a “second life” with a slightly different video accelerator 400 series), the camera is also marking time in one place, autonomy if they improved, then a ridiculous amount, and even support for the 20th range LTE new Redmi has not “delivered”. Design? The question of taste, to put not versed in smart phones Redmi two generations of man – and he can not say with a form where the old mobile phone, and where updated.

To say that there is no difference at all, it would be cunning – Redmi 4, first and foremost, sports a fingerprint reader, and Android pre-installed in it in version 6.0, that is, more or less relevant. In support Redmi 3 smartphone maker spit from a high tower, so the device owners are content with Android 5.1 Lollipop or … stitch freshest custom firmware, which has traditionally for Xiaomi smartphones in bulk.

Nobody argues that carry the latest technology in the middle class of mobile phones designed to radically new Redmi 4 Prime, but “just Redmi 4” – only this version. But in comparing the two generations of smartphones without the suffix Pro it turns out that with regard to the younger versions of Xiaomi matted fool and do not offer anything new, but it is a bad way, even when the smartphone comes in several versions – dishonored iPhone 5C will not lie.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact – Xperia X Compact

Buyers of compact smartphones, obviously, people failed, insolvent and naive. How else to explain the maniacal desire of manufacturers as much as possible worsen smartphones with moderate diagonal display?

Sony blame all sins hand is not raised, because apart from it and Apple nobody produces quality compact smartphones, but once identified himself as the manufacturer “for aesthetes” – Carry flag features a mini-leader with dignity. The Sony, unfortunately, eventually surrendered.

Some characteristics of the mini flagship priori not expected. For example, Full HD-resolution display – since the 4.7-inch HTC One secret technique 1080p placing on tiny matrices eluded phone masters. Yes, and autonomy in a mini-smartphone also usually not outstanding – conditional 4000 mAh at 5.5 inches screen cell phone will give greater endurance than 2500 mAh at 4.5 inches.

So – Z5 Compact, with all its disadvantages was a true flagship. The model with the most-processor, a tiny body with 4.6 inch display, a cool chamber at the time (that she did not give the pictures to the limit – is another question). For such a pleasure to the Japanese asked for as much of $677, but are willing to pay a considerable sum for a unique smartphone still were.

After the Sony Z-series were sent on retirement, switched to the X-names and welcomed competition from the iPhone SE, it was logical to expect that the new CD from the “cold” and fast Snapdragon 820 will be much steeper than its predecessor. Instead, Sony cut its compact flagship to the middle class and produced entirely made of plastic (and thicker compared to its predecessor) smartphone with a six-core “stump» Snapdragon 650, and added to the configuration of gigabytes of RAM, the camera began to take off a little better picture, but lost support 4K-video shooting. And the funny thing is that the smartphone processor and degraded housing materials proved to be more expensive than its predecessor steeper and thickness close to the model-centenarians with 5,000 mAh battery. Sad girl, as would say the great schemer. Fans of high-quality compact smartphones remain with Z5 Compact, and many – and all with the Z3 Compact, and a great beginning with the Japanese compact flagship seems to come to an end. We are glad to be wrong.

Highscreen Power Five – Power Five Evo

Marvelous are your deeds, evolution! Thanks to her, Highscreen, who always was making mobiles prescription “I would not that cheap and falling apart” had got in the portfolio one of the best smartphones-lived 2015. You will not need “space technology” – Chinese budget processor from nowhere who undertook AMOLED-display, 5000 mAh battery, tightly covered with the rear cover, and a half-empty Android Lollipop, which Highscreen enough prudence not to spoil our own developments. All this joy assembly ochumet worked for how long on a single battery charge, without “glitches” and is quite reliable.

Since then, intelligent and inexpensive “centenarians heavyweight” is almost not increased – ASUS ZenFone Max has always been more expensive and not so hardy and budget Oukitel and Blackview, except irrational consumption of its 5000 mAh “pleased” more unpredictable and build quality. Old Power Five survived the tiny modernization (or rather, instead of defective 1.5GB RAM got 2 GB), but stayed on the line long, and roll out a successor Highscreen no hurry.

But successful model yet received the follower under the big name Power Five Evo – they say, Look, our famous smartphone has evolved and has become even better! If you look at the performance of the processor – yes, it has increased dramatically. But that’s it – cheap IPS-display does not spoil any picture quality nor the efficiency, the processor has become a fan of “to eat”. All the same empty operating system that have forgotten how to efficiently use energy, such as the terrible camera and all-plastic casing. And most importantly – a ridiculous level of autonomy of the competition with 4000 mAh. That evolved.

The answer, in fact, lies in the fact that neither the first nor the second smartphone have not been produced Highscreen – First bought the license to issue Gionee Marathon M4 with the re-plate, and then, when it became necessary to find a successor for Power Five, procured a license for branding Ramos M7. That turned out to be the first smartphone quality long-lived, and the second – not just the will of the case. Today Highscreen released hardy, but not cheap Power Five Max, which again cool “on paper” and can compete with the best centenarians in 2016. Did he, as “evolution Paver FIVE” disappointing – in check.

Meizu M3s – Meizu M5

By the ability to produce the same smartphones for years Meizu can compete with “AvtoVAZ” itself! The Chinese managed to release the Meizu M2 Note, which was … worse than the previous M1 Note. Well, you see, MediaTek decided to release a less fast MT6753 processor, because the success of the MT6752 prevented the sale of older models, with whom it does not happen.

But what about the fact that in exchange for a metal, fast and one of the most profitable state employees in the market, Meizu M3s mini, the Chinese offer a “no less” plastic M5, which does not differ from the old model in anything, except for an increase of 0, 2 inches diagonal screen? At the same time, there is no discount for a simplified case or old components Meizu.

And I can already see how enthusiasts begin to lecture that the M-series smartphones are models for the Chinese market with a traditional plastic housing and simplified stuffing. But the Ms index is a distinctive feature of the “luxury” -expansion of the budget Meizu. But even in the upcoming M5s, almost all the characteristics coincide with the old metal predecessor, which means that we are waiting for the continuation of the Santa Barbara with the same actors without any movement even in price. It’s too bad – the competing Redmi 4 Prime has gone far ahead.

HTC One M8 – M9

“Smooth” modernization of the model in the former case is common for smartphone manufacturers. In the end, Apple regularly shakes up stuffing old iPhones, adds an S index, and sells models with the same design to a new buyer. In early 2015, HTC One was a super-fashionable smartphone, so it’s no surprise that the Taiwanese decided to do without a revolution in the guise of a flagship with a change of generations.

Slightly different key layout, a more capacious battery, a new rear camera, a new processor – that’s all the main differences of the M9 generation from the M8. But the design of the “em-ninth” is so brilliant that only the camera can serve as the only argument in choosing between the old and the new flagship of HTC.

And let the smartphone developers Qualcomm company and its notorious Snapdragon 810 processor – in 2015 it was the most unstable, overheating and gluttonous chip of all that could be found in smartphones. This is only then mobile phones based on the failed series Snapdragon began to acquire thermal paste or cooling with the help of thermal tubes inside the case, but HTC were “pioneers” and installed the most powerful processor in their smartphone among the first.

The stupid processor warmed up the “tightly knocked” One M9 so much that the performance of the new smartphone under load dropped twice, after which it turned out to be slower (and much hotter) than its predecessor. First, HTC nodded that the smartphone did not optimize the firmware, then they began to blame Qualcomm, which rejected, they say, “our processors are beautiful, and who does not agree is a fool.” A little later, Qualcomm indirectly acknowledged her guilt and told about the mystical new revision of Snapdragon 810, which is no longer overheating. This information also turned out to be false, because the new batch of HTC One M9 and the same damaged Sony Xperia Z3 + continued to work unstable or even self-released when the processor was heavily loaded. As a result, HTC has released a firmware update, which … reduces the performance of the smartphone to such that its temperature remains within the limits of the norm.

All this circus was accompanied by completely wild changes in the price of the new model. Initially, HTC asked for a novelty of $677, but the demand, to put it mildly, did not meet the expectations of sellers, so very soon the M9 “collapsed” to $508, and from unofficial suppliers, a smartphone could be bought for 25 thousand.

But even such an attraction of unprecedented generosity does not look so attractive, considering that HTC One M8 in 2016 could easily be found for 15-17 thousand (option with 16 GB of memory). This circumstance did not add to his stupid rear camera charm, but high-quality stereo speakers, a good display and a super-eye-catching design were preserved for the One M8 even on the slope of its conveyor life. Thus, the old HTC “buried” its follower, and in 2016, the Taiwanese decided to release the cardinally new HTC 10, but that’s another story.

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