But in January I realized: I want an inexpensive Android smartphone, thousands for 20-25. Normal, high-quality, just without a top-end processor and all sorts of “flagship” chips. Just to be there, he would collect dust, sometimes he would show cartoons to his son, and, in wisdom, he would dedicate “buckets” for general education.
I love advertising in OSes, so Xiaomi and Realme dismissed it right away. Huawei didn’t do anything, but did not dare because of the sluggish misunderstanding with Google. Five minutes later, LG is dead, Asus seemed to be removed from sale throughout Pakistan.
In short, I started looking for Samsung, and very quickly realized.
Something strange has happened to Samsung over the past couple of years . And it reminded me of this – yes – that same “Xiaomi,” and in a bad sense.
What’s wrong with the Samsung lineup
Personally, I was sad to notice that a similar situation is happening with Samsung, the last bastion of respected smartphones from Asia.
New models appear with characteristics worse than old ones . For some, software updates are coming out, but for others, released before or after a few months, there is nothing at all. And instead of solving the problems of already released devices, the manufacturer stamps new generations and lines of devices from a machine gun.
The models are just a wagon and a small trolley, the hardware is a bit different everywhere, the prices seem to be randomized. It is difficult for the buyer to understand where the new and where the old model.
It becomes difficult to navigate the names, and they themselves mean little, only confuse.
Just estimate how many smartphones Samsung sells right now.
Breathe in deeper. The list was compiled from officially sold smartphones from three large Pakistan retailers, the prices were taken from the official Samsung website in Pakistan. Niche models, Fold and Flip , do not indicate for obvious reasons.
What smartphones does Samsung sell in 2020?
Okay, what do we see just by looking at this list? The “top” rulers have Lite models. How do they differ from the rest? And there is Plus, why is it better? Or here is the new Ultra, if we are talking about completely new models …. These questions have to be answered by Google.
And if the flagships can still be sorted out somehow (and even with a big BUT, to which we will return), then diving into the wilds of A-models on a sober head is generally impossible.
Samsung has a complete Xiaomi going with models
Just immediately, without hesitation, we take two random smartphones from the list: A30 and A40 . Obviously, the A30 should be worse than the A40. Right?
Galaxy A30 for ₨32,499 : 6.4 inches , 2340 × 1080 pixels, 1.8 GHz octa-core processor, 16 + 5 MP camera, 16 MP front camera, 4000 mAh battery
▹ Galaxy A40 for 43,707.43 Pakistani Rupee: 5.9 inches, 2340 × 1080 pixels, 8-core processor at 1.8 GHz, camera 16 + 5 MP, front camera 25 MP , battery 3100 mAh
I alone see that the A30 is a more logical purchase than the A40? All specifications are similar. But the A30 has a larger screen, the battery is more powerful – and this is much more significant plus than just an increase in MP in the front camera, also taking into account the fact that megapixels today have little correlation with the final quality of the photo.
Suppose this is a single example, and buyers of A-Series smartphones should suffer in search engines and performance labels on a hunch. Let’s go higher.
▹ Galaxy Note 10 Lite for ₨83,999.00: 6.7 inches, 2400 × 1080 pixels, Samsung Exynos 9810 (as in Galaxy S9), 3 cameras (12 MP), front camera 32 MP, battery 4500 mAh
▹ Galaxy A71 for ₨69,500.00: 6.7 inches, 2400 × 1080 pixels, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, 4 cameras (64 MP) , front camera 32 MP, battery 4500 mAh
Two almost identical smartphones, the difference is only in the presence of a pen in Note10 Lite. At the same time, there are fewer cameras, they are worse (modules from the Galaxy S8! ), And the rest of the parameters are identical. The difference between the processors from Samsung and Qualcomm (in reality, and not in benchmarks) is almost always in favor of the second, ask any expert from the Android fan camp.
Accordingly, it makes little sense to take Lite when they sell the same for 20 thousand Rupee cheaper without the S Pen. Especially considering that the usual Note10 , and not Lite trimmed on all fronts, could be bought
Although stop, everything is even worse.
Note 10 Lite has a headphone jack. The battery is 1000 mAh more than usual Note. And he will receive updates to Android 12, while Note10 will not go further than Android 11. It turns out that in some respects Lite is objectively better than Note10 , which costs at least 24,287 Pakistani Rupee
Already starting to get confused. Even though Samsung do not buy.
Stamping smartphones has never helped anyone. Less is more
In an attempt to recapture the only living segment of the “popular” Android smartphones from the Chinese, Samsung is stepping on the same rake. Overwhelming the market with controversial and competing models is a strange strategy that already negatively affects the Chinese themselves.
It got to the point that this chaos penetrates the line of flagship models, where the order, clear continuity and obviousness of the advantages of the new model over the old are considered mandatory.
What’s next, Samsung Note 10e Lite + Ultra ?
Vasily meanwhile squints, stands opposite the counter. He read w3bsit3-dns.com before 5 in the morning and still did not understand which is better. One hand drives away eight consultants, the other leads a finger on the price tags. A51, A40, A30, A71, Lite, 10e, Note, stale S9 +. There are no updates for one, the second has problems with Wi-Fi, the third is discharged quickly. Fourth with an Exynos processor.
After half an hour, the eye twitches, the pupils watery. Mumbles something, raises his head.