Five reasons to consider buying an old flagship instead of a new midrange

Old doesn’t mean it’s outdated, as there are plenty of reasons to opt out for an old flagship from 3-4 years ago instead of a mid-ranger

Cost

Old flagship phones are typically significantly less expensive than new mid-range phones, making them a more affordable option.

Sony Xperia 1 II (2020)

Phones such as the Xperia 1 II from Sony have beefy flagship specs and features that no other midrange today can provide. For the same cost as a mid-range device, you can get this phone for cheaper.

Performance

Flagship phones from a few years ago still have high-end specifications and performance capabilities, making them a good choice for people who want a phone with good performance.

Sharp Aquos zero2 (2020)

For example, this phone from Sharp, dubbed as one of the lightest phones during the release at around 140 grams makes this ultra-premium with top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 chipset with 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM, great camera sensors, a large OLED screen, a sleek Aramid Fiber shell, and a groundbreaking 240Hz refresh rate — and you can get it now for less than ₱10,000. Where to find one though? The internet is your friend.

Build quality

Flagship phones are often made with higher-quality materials and have better build quality than mid-range phones, making them more durable in the long run.

iPhone 11 (2019)

Just like this 2019 flagship here from Apple, with IP68 protection and made with the most quality materials during its time, suffice to say — it’s miles better than most midrange there that hops from plastic to textured plastic back and frame, with little to no splash and dust protection.

Camera

Flagship phones from a few years ago still have good camera capabilities, making them a good choice for people who want a phone with a good camera.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G (2019)

During its release way back in 2019, the LG V50 is one of the first phones to adopt a “Penta” camera setup that was revolutionary, but unfortunately, critics were harsh to it, customers aren’t interested in it because of LG’s poor marketing– it’s only this time whereas this phone now receives that much needed attention and appreciation from collectors, enthusiasts, and people who just want a flagship experience without breaking the bank.

Software support

Many flagship phones from a few years ago continue to receive software updates, making them a better choice than some newer mid-range phones that may not receive as many updates.

iPhone XR (2018)

Almost 5 years after its release, the iPhone XR still receives regular updates from time to time, making this phone relevant up to this day. Other major examples include Sony, Samsung, and even LG despite leaving the mobile division a couple of years ago.

Resale value

Old flagship phones tend to hold their value better than new mid-range phones, which can make them a better investment in the long run.

Huawei Mate30 Pro (2019)

While midrange phones of today are newer, they barely hold their resale value and after a year or so, you can get it for dirt cheap prices, compared to an old flagship which can be resold at a higher price, and some devices such as iPhones are also treated as an investment.

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