Depending on where you live in the world, you may or may not have heard of Vivo's sub-brand iQOO. The company is focused on making performance-driven phones and has unveiled two new ones for global markets — the iQOO 7 and the BMW-branded iQOO 7 Legend. They both offer top-end chipsets at jaw-droppingly low prices.
Xiaomi is one of the most popular budget smartphone makers in the world, but it's not shying away from making some enticing premium phones. The Mi 11 Ultra sits at the apex but those hungry for performance on a tighter budget should take a look at the Mi 11X series — aka just rebranded versions of the Redmi K40 and K40 Pro+.
ZTE isn't exactly a household name for US smartphone buyers. Part of that is because very few of the Chinese company's phones make the journey here, and part of it is because those that do tend to be low-cost budget models given away by carriers. (Also, you know, some other things.) But ZTE is trying to buck the trend: it's bringing its 2020 flagship, the Axon 30 Ultra, to America and everywhere else.
If you're looking to get a phone with Qualcomm's current flagship processor, there aren't many scenarios where you won't have to spend a small fortune. However, if you're in India, you'll be happy to know that Vivo's sub-brand iQOO is soon going to unveil one of the cheapest Snapdragon 888 phones in the world yet.
Following weeks of hype, OnePlus finally debuted its OnePlus 9 series last month. If you're not looking to splurge almost a grand on the OnePlus 9 Pro (probably a good call), you might have your sights set on its cheaper sibling, the OnePlus 9. Surprisingly, it's priced lower than its predecessor at launch (at least in the US) and it arguably comes without any significant sacrifices. However, the OnePlus 8T has received a timely price cut and is now available for just $599 on the OnePlus store — $130 lower than the OnePlus 9.
This raises the important question of whether it's really worth spending more money on the newer flagship.
RedMagic phones have historically been great at gaming but not much else, and it doesn't look like things will change with Series 6. After ZTE launched an exclusive Chinese version of the handsets in cooperation with Tencent earlier this month, the company today has announced Series 6 for the global market. The phones will go on sale in April and start at $600, equipped with a 165Hz screen and the Snapdragon 888 processor.
The cat is finally out of the bag — well, half out of the bag, shall we say. The OnePlus 9 series will be officially announced on March 23. As expected, the phones will benefit from a new three-year partnership between OnePlus and Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad. And yes, the previously-leaked images of the OnePlus 9 Pro were right on the money.
Qualcomm is struggling to meet a demand surge for its Snapdragon chipsets with multiple supply challenges affecting its production strategy. The ripple effects could bring more priority to the premium tier at the expense of more affordable devices and longer waits for orders.
Like Samsung, OnePlus looks set to reveal its next-gen devices earlier than usual this year. The OnePlus 9 series is expected to be announced later this month, and it seems we're going to learn about the launch in true OnePlus fashion — with an announcement of the announcement on March 8.