Birches NEWS No. 45. Past generation of flagships

We choose the best smartphone from the flagships of the previous generation, the generation Snapdragon 835, Kirin 970, Exynos 8895 and Android 7.х.х.

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The first snow is a great reason to upgrade your technique

Friends, we recently considered the option of buying an old flagship in the price segment up to 15,000 rubles. But, alas, time is running out, and the most affordable options are gradually disappearing from sale. So the idea came to look at more modern and expensive options with the prefix 'ex', which are still on sale. All smartphones are well researched, and therefore there will be an abundance of technical information. So, the comparison group included:

Huawei Mate 10 Pro, OnePlus 5T, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, LG V30, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus (by popular demand).


  1. Screens
  2. Connections
  3. power usage
  4. Performance
  5. conclusions


The table below shows the parameters, the value of which has already been described in previous issues. Plus, one of the most important parameters for gamers has been introduced – the time to switch from one color to another. When switching slowly, you can observe various image artifacts – loops and ghosting, this is the most important parameter for gamers after performance.

Birches NEWS No. 45.  Past generation of flagships

Despite the seemingly long time for switching colors in the smartphone Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, the value of 36 ms fits into the concept of a 'gaming' option. For comparison, this figure in cheap TFD matrices of Chinese nouns can reach 240 ms and even more. Switching a pixel from black to white in a quarter of a second during an active game will lead to the thickest stripes on the screen, insane glow of individual objects, headaches and sore eyes.

For people who are sensitive to the parasitic flickering of the screen backlight, smartphones Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus will be the best choice. For the tougher ones, including gamers, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and Huawei Mate 10 Pro are the best, both of which offer high brightness and just a reactive final pixel color change rate.


In this section, I propose to pay attention to the connection of peripherals, including USB, Wi-Fi, IR, etc.

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In the process of collecting information a couple of times I came across the phrase 'face unlocking'. Do you think this is a normal function name?

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Cat face unlock

And in our comparison, you can see that the most attention to the topic of connecting peripherals is paid by Huawei, Sony and Samsung. Other manufacturers save on controllers and wrap the ancient USB 2.0 in Type-C wrapper, do not realize all the capabilities of the chipset. At this stage, it becomes finally clear why Huawei is an A-brand, and Xiaomi is not yet.

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Samsung DEX, photo by CNET

Apple iPhone is cooked in its own communication mess, called the ecosystem, and it is at least incorrect to compare it with others by this parameter. If the apologists Apple do not need OTG, then they do not need USB 3+ either, they would not know what to do with it.

power usage

All smartphones of this generation allow you to do without charging a whole working day. You can read about specific figures in the reviews. The table below shows the data on the energy consumption of the comparison participants in different modes, these are interesting figures.

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From the data presented, the following conclusions can be drawn:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is the best
  • Apple A11 Bionic is the most voracious chipset among yesterday's 'tops'
  • The presence of a screen in a smartphone OLED / AMOLED gives up to 30% energy savings in quiet use mode, but under maximum load the advantage is almost completely eliminated.

Do not agree? Express your arguments in the comments. It remains only to state the undoubted advantage of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus in terms of 'power consumption'.


All compared smartphones are equipped with the best chipsets of their time, and therefore the question of games is not worth it – all of them will work at maximum graphics settings without lags and FPS drops. It would seem, what else is there to talk about? It sounds strange, but it seems that some smartphone manufacturers specifically limit the number of frames per second in popular and relatively 'heavy' games. There are no great statistics on this issue, but there are some facts and facts that make you think.

Birches NEWS No. 45.  Past generation of flagships

In a popular game like Dead Trigger 2, smartphones Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus never show more than 30 frames per second, in any mode. But their competitors based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 show stable 60. This is the only minus of the 'non-Qualcomm' chipsets and the only game the data about which is reliable.


Those who will put their smartphone in the DOK station and connect it via cable to the TV will choose Huawei or Samsung. But something tells that the majority will pay attention to the price, and here Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and OnePlus 5T, which only pretend to be flagships, win. Do you agree?

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