I am actually shopping for a new phone, for the very good reason that... OK, well, I don't have a reason yet. But I'll find a reason when I see the right phone.
My budget is HKD 2000-3000, so no fancy schmansy iPhone for me. My thinking:
- Huawei is straight out. Great phones, terrible company.
- Xiaomi is my current phone: I have a A2, which has Android One interface. I wouldn't mind upgrading to the A3, except they have somehow chosen to go from a screen 1024 pixels wide to 768. Why?
- I considered the Samsung A50/A50s/A51/A70. I fell totally in love with the A51, but then I read it has terrible bluetooth problems, and I use both a bluetooth watch and headsets, so that's a dealbreaker
- I am now considering the Nokia 7.2, which again is an Android One phone. I really appreciate the absence of bloatware, and the price is very decent, AND it has good reviews so far.
I'm a Xiaomi fan. The Mi Note 10 (mid range) has 5 camera, one of them a crazy 108mp, crazy 5200mah battery, etc and priced similarly around $3k.
The flagship Mi 10 is not released yet globally (I think came out in China yesterday). Has all of the above and more such as 5G, 12GB ram, 90hz display, wifi 6 (AX), 66watt WIRELESS charging puts Samsung WIRED quick charge to shame (its more powerful than many laptop chargers), infinity hole punch design, etc. I'm hanging out for this phone I think.
Have to say, other than the UI, I am pretty happy with the Mi Mix 2s. Seems to be their oldest phone that is still sold now.
I bought it because it was the cheapest phone around that had: NFC + wireless charging
Even after 1+ years, it's still lagless fast. Will take a while till I need a new one.
This said, with cameras getting better and better, on my next buy list I will add RAW. The Huawei Mate 30 video with 7680fps is tempting too.