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    Best flagship killers 2020 - buyer�s guide

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    High-end hardware at half the price of the big names, what's not to like? A category started by OnePlus in 2014, the top-specced 'flagship killer' is a crowd favorite. While OnePlus itself did climb out of this niche several generations into the brand's existence, others have filled in. What's the current best bet for those who aren't willing to shell top dollar, but still appreciate top-tier performance?

    It's not all great on the X50 Pro and a couple of seemingly arbitrary omissions make it less awesome than it could have been when it comes to video recording - there's no 4K60 option, which the chipset is fully capable of, nor is there video stabilization in 4K30, which is just unacceptable in 2020. Another blemish in the specsheet is the lack of a headphone jack - that's no way to emulate the true flagships, Realme. Still, a well deserved victory for the X50 Pro here.Read full reviewAnother standout feature is what the Zoom gets its name from - the 3x tele camera that's hard to find in this segment. If you want to ride that initial 8K video wave for some reason, then the Redmi is there for you too.Now, if only the Mi 10 Pro's stereo speaker setup had trickled down to the Redmi.SpecsAnd that's before we get to the top-tier Snapdragon 865 chip that handles continuous load with grace and the UFS 3.1 storage that's faster than what the Galaxies and the OnePluses of the day have. With no 90Hz or 120Hz display modes to take a toll on the battery, the iQOO is truly an endurance champ too, complete with speedy 55W charging for when the battery does run out. Oh, and if you do enjoy some gaming on your mobile, those shoulder triggers can come in handy, after all.A small caveat here is that the phone is only available in China and India, so tough luck for all you iQOO fans elsewhere.Read full review

    Editors' choiceRead full reviewNow, if only the Mi 10 Pro's stereo speaker setup had trickled down to the Redmi.SpecsA small caveat here is that the phone is only available in China and India, so tough luck for all you iQOO fans elsewhere.Read full review

    A small caveat here is that the phone is only available in China and India, so tough luck for all you iQOO fans elsewhere.

     


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