Inventory of new machines in the first quarter of 2021 to solve your difficult choice

For those who have a need for replacement, but have difficulty in choosing, the new wave of new phones in March is simply maddening.

From the Meizu 18 series released on March 3 to the Real Me GT Neo released on March 31, there were about 12 brands and nearly 20 models released in March.

If you count January and February, there are more than 30 new heavyweight models in the first quarter. In the huge new mobile phone group, how to choose the most suitable mobile phone is really a bald problem.

Below, we will take an inventory of the new machines in the first quarter of 2021 according to five dimensions. According to different consumer needs, we will pick out the ideal models for everyone.

The article is relatively long, here is a simple table of contents for everyone to find and browse:

  • Cheap quality models
  • All-round flagship model
  • Photography fever model
  • Professional game models
  • Mainly thin and light models

Cheap quality models

The “parity” mentioned here mainly refers to models within RMB 3,000, and we divide them into two gears of RMB 2,000 and RMB 2,000-3,000 .

In the era of accelerating "involution" in the mobile phone industry, relatively high-quality models can already be purchased with a budget of 2,000 yuan. In the new phones in the first quarter, the starting prices of these three phones were all less than 2,000 yuan.

We have listed the main configurations of the three in the above figure, and the ones marked in red are relatively advantageous functions or features. Among them, the realme GT Neo has the most advantage in price. You can buy a configuration of 8 + 128GB for 1999 yuan. At the same time, the main camera's sensor is also better than the latter two, and the camera is slightly stronger. The whole machine is less than 180g, and the grip is good.

In terms of performance, the first Dimensity 1200 is very close to the level of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, and it is also very silky to play games with high quality. Fingerprints under the screen and 50W fast charge are also bonus points. Among the three, it can be said that the most cost-effective.

For the other two models, if you choose the 8 + 128GB version, the prices are 2199 yuan and 2399 yuan respectively. The Redmi K40 is the strongest on the screen parameters. The reputation of the Snapdragon 870 has also been good, with strong and stable performance.

There are not many Snapdragon 870 models in this price range. In addition to Redmi K40, Motorola edge s is also a cost-effective choice. Close to Android's native operating system, 5000mAh large battery, in addition to a little heavier, a little less charging power, this model gives us a pretty good impression of the experience.

If your budget is around 3,000 yuan, then Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 will beckon to you. Of course, there is also a higher-end Snapdragon 870 model.

Among the above three models, taking the 8 + 128GB version as an example, the price of iQOO Neo 5 is the most friendly, at 2499 yuan. However, it uses the Snapdragon 870 processor and does not have LPDDR 5 memory.

For users who like to take pictures, the appeal of iQOO Neo 5 is still quite strong, and the image performance supported by the algorithm is the best of the three. The fingerprints under the screen, the independent display chip that only the flagship machine has, DC dimming, and the Z-axis linear motor can all be seen on the iQOO Neo 5 that starts at 2,499 yuan, but the border and chin look slightly wider.

If there is a pursuit of screen quality, Redmi K40 Pro is better, and the core parameters are also better. The performance iron triangle of Snapdragon 888 + LPDDR 5 + UFS 3.1 does not show any fascination when playing high-definition large-scale games. Unfortunately, there is no DC dimming and fingerprints under the screen, and the power of fast charging is slightly lower. (I heard that the follow-up OTA upgrade will add DC dimming)

The realme GT next door has made up these points, and the price of the version with the same configuration is 200 yuan lower than the former. However, the camera parameters and screen brightness are not as good as Redmi K40 Pro. Friends who don't mind these two points can choose this one with "closed eyes".

All-round flagship model

In the first quarter of this year, many major Android manufacturers have updated their flagship series. As far as the flagships in March are concerned, OPPO Find X3 Pro, OnePlus 9 Pro and Xiaomi 11 Pro are all very popular. When we unpacked the live broadcast before, many viewers were entangled in how to choose the three.

From the perspective of core performance, these three mobile phones are obviously hard to distinguish between each other. They are all equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 + LPDDR 5 + UFS 3.1, and their daily use is at the flagship level. The main thing is to see which phone's design and features are more attractive to you.

Different people have different opinions on appearance design. In terms of process difficulty, OPPO Find X3 Pro should be the highest, it looks very integrated and fluid, and it feels very good.

The three models have different temperaments. Mi 11 Pro is like a wise and calm science student, OnePlus 9 Pro is like a liberal arts student with a poem and literature, and OPPO Find X3 Pro is like a bold Avant-garde art student.

Simply put, if you are a practical party, that is more concerned about battery life and stability of use, you can choose Xiaomi 11 Pro.

If you are a photographer and love to use professional mode for photography creation, you can choose OnePlus 9 Pro .

If you love to play and like to be different, you can choose OPPO Find X3 Pro. The interesting microscope lens allows you to discover more little secrets in the world.

Photography fever model

Today's flagship phones almost always use images as their main selling point. However, there is a trend that makes photography enthusiasts regret that the telephoto lens seems to be gradually declining.

Among the new phones released in the first quarter, several flagships that maintain the full focal range can also be selected. For example, the vivo X60 Pro+, Xiaomi 11 Ultra, and Samsung S21 Ultra are very representative.

The three models have their own advantages in photography. The biggest advantage of the vivo X60 Pro+ is the ultra-wide-angle lens, which not only uses the main camera level sensor, but also carries a micro-head.

In addition, it is also the first batch of models born after the cooperation between vivo and Zeiss, enjoying Zeiss's unique filter and color style. The addition of T* coating ensures its anti-ghosting ability.

If you want to pick a thorn, it is a 5x optical zoom periscope lens, the quality is not as good as the latter two. But overall, its image system is still outstanding, natural and pleasing color management, so that the finished film can get a good look and feel without retouching, which is very suitable for "lazy people".

Let's look at Xiaomi 11 Ultra. This model was originally designed to be positioned as a "camera". The huge camera module on the back is quite like a card machine.

Its main advantage is that the main camera uses the largest sensor in the industry, which is comparable to traditional card cameras. The greatly increased amount of light, with software algorithms, can get very pure night scene photos.

The second is the 5x optical zoom periscope lens, which has the industry's top imaging quality. Very suitable for friends who like minimalist composition and bird shooting.

Samsung S21 Ultra performed equally well at the telephoto end. Both telephoto lenses are 10 million pixels, and both support optical image stabilization. The rare thing is that this 10x optical zoom periscope telephoto lens can be turned on normally even in low-light environments, and its usability is very high.

In addition, its main camera supports laser focus, and the front 40 million pixels are also very competitive selling points.

Considering the price, the vivo X60 Pro+ is the cheapest of the three, and the thinnest, so it won’t be too tiring to shoot with a mobile phone frequently. Of course, the price is also there, the screen quality and battery capacity are not equal to the latter two.

If you pay more attention to the telephoto shooting effect and display effect, you may wish to consider Xiaomi 11 Ultra or Samsung S21 Ultra, depending on your budget and brand preferences.

Professional game models

For ordinary mobile game players, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series can play almost all mobile games. For example, iQOO 7, Xiaomi 11, etc. are all good choices. However, heavy mobile game enthusiasts or game anchors may consider a more professional game phone.

March is also the month for gaming mobile phone manufacturers to focus their updates, mainly Red Devils, ROG and Black Shark.

If the price is targeted at around 4,000 yuan, the corresponding models of these three brands are the Black Shark 4 Pro, Tencent ROG 5, and Tencent Red Magic 6, respectively.

Tencent ROG gaming phone 5 can be said to be the most "gaming": dual Type-C interface, 6000mAh large battery, non-digging screen, X-axis linear motor, all of which are good for mobile gamers.

In addition, the cool lighting effects and beautiful back cover will most likely make ROG fans have the urge to place an order.

It is a pity that some localization functions have not been done well enough, and the weight of 238g is difficult for people to use as a main machine. Overall, it is most suitable for those who just want to buy a mobile phone to play games.

The Black Shark 4 Pro has made trade-offs and balances between games and daily life. It is the lightest of the three and has the smallest battery capacity. Fortunately, there is a 120W flash charge, which can regain full blood within 15 minutes.

In terms of game customization features, the Black Shark 4 Pro supports 720Hz touch sampling rate, dual-zone screen pressure sensitivity, and upgrades the magnetic-powered physical shoulder button, which makes the pressing feel good.

If you don't dislike the center-mounted digging screen and shrinking battery capacity, the Black Shark 4 Pro may be the most balanced choice in this price range.

The biggest advantage of Red Magic 6 is its ultra-high refresh rate of 165Hz. Other parameters do not have too many highlights. If the budget is sufficient, you can choose Red Magic 6 Pro. After upgrading to 120W flash charging, the user experience will be greatly improved.

Mainly thin and light models

The weight of the above three game models has reached 210g and above. The frivolous may feel suffocated after seeing it.

There are still many fans in the thin and light market, and mobile phone manufacturers will not despise this cake. In March, we saw a number of thin and light mobile phones, and the features and positioning of these mobile phones are also very clear.

Taking the above three models as examples, the Meizu 18 and Xiaomi Mi 11 Youth Edition weigh about 160g, and the vivo S9 is slightly heavier than the previous two. Although it comes to 173g, it can still be regarded as a thin and light model.

The user portraits of the three models are very clear. For those who like the small and thin flagship, Meizu 18 should be the best solution in the current Android market. The screen, processor, and video are all in the first echelon, and none of the configurations owned by the large-screen flagship has been castrated.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Youth Edition has a wider audience at a low price. Mainstream configuration, first-class screen quality, colorful color matching, and a large 4250mAh battery are the most cost-effective choice in many thin and light machines.

If you are a selfie master or vlog blogger, vivo S9 can meet related needs very well. The front 48-megapixel wide-angle lens, plus the soft light hidden in the frame and the unique beauty algorithm, people can't help but exclaim "I look so good."

Of the two storage versions of vivo S9, the highest configuration is undoubtedly more worth buying. You can upgrade from 8 + 128GB storage to 12 + 256GB at an additional 200 yuan, and even more selfies can be installed.


The above is our reference for purchasing new machines for 5 major scenarios.

In fact, like last year's flagship models, the configuration is still not outdated. For example, Samsung S20 series, vivo X50 Pro series, etc., still have strong competitiveness. If you want to own a flagship without a budget, you might as well take a look at the flagships of the previous generation.

In addition, two niche high-end models were released in the first quarter, namely Huawei's Mate X2 and Xiaomi MIX folding screen mobile phones.

Since we haven't experienced the latter in detail, I won't introduce it here. The former Huawei Mate X2 is undoubtedly one of the most mature models in the current folding screen market. It is second to none in terms of workmanship, appearance, performance, and user experience.

But the high price is destined to be a niche plaything. For friends who pursue a difference and have ample budget, Huawei Mate X2 should be a great tool to show their personal taste.

If your favorite model is not mentioned above, you can give it to everyone in the comment area. The next purchase recommendations will be sorted out and summarized for everyone after the second quarter, so stay tuned.

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