Although even in countries where the technology is more accessible, one begins to wonder if it is worth changing phones every year (unthinkable in Argentina), the launches do not stop.
However, in Argentina in recent years we have fewer high-end phones than before. Companies like LG no longer manufacture mobile devices and other companies (like Huawei) do not bring cellphones into the country. However, an interesting range is offered among the options.
The newcomers are the newest members of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 family. As in the previous generation, we find the Galaxy S22 Ultra ($229,999) which has undergone a major overhaul, especially in its rear part where it has abandoned its camera module, now better integrated into the phone.
The S22 Ultra features a large 6.8″ Dynamic Amoled 2X 120Hz display, compatible with the S Pen (previously bundled with the discontinued Note). In Argentina, the version with the best Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, with 12 GB of RAM and a storage capacity of 256 GB (there are also 512 GB and 1 TB versions, seriously).
Its smaller siblings, the S22 ($149,999) and S22+ ($189,999), pack 6.1-inch and 6.6-inch screens, respectively. Equipped with the same processor as the high-end version, they come with 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage. These are cell phones that have not undergone such a major overhaul and resemble those of the previous generation.
The S22, like the S21, also stands out for its cameras. In this sense, the Ultra version has a 108 megapixel (MP) main sensor, while the other two use a 50 MP sensor.
Motorola is another company that offers high-end cell phones in Argentina. Just a month ago, it introduced its new G200 ($99,999), a phone that features a Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It brings a 6.7-inch FHD+ Max display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Like Samsung’s top-end, the G200 includes a 108MP camera.
Like the other models of the company, this phone includes Motorola’s Ready For technology, which allows (wired or wireless) to use the mobile phone on any screen, to obtain a desktop and to offer an experience similar to that of a Windows PC (only with Android as the operating system).
Finally, although Apple products do not officially arrive in the country, there are several ways to buy them. One of the most chosen is through the company TiendaMIA, a cross-border e-commerce that allows you to buy all kinds of devices. Roger Dimant, country manager of the company’s Argentinian subsidiary, observes that the iPhone 13 (the most recent from Apple) is, on average, up to 25% cheaper than on the local market, taking into account the fact that they are already included in the price. National tax of 30% and AFIP collection of 35%. “To give an example, the 512GB iPhone 13 Pro Max is available at $462,264 in the end, while in the local market it is $514,499 in the end,” the spokesperson said.
Rubbing shoulders with the top end is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro ($81,999) which features a Snapdragon 732G processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Note 10 Pro has a 6.6-inch Full HD+ Amoled screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. On its back, it has a camera module in which its main 108-megapixel sensor stands out. Xiaomi is also offering the Redmi Note 10 5G ($60,599) and the Mi 11 Lite 5G ($79,919) in Argentina.
Coming back to Motorola, in this segment the company has a large product portfolio, but we are left with the newcomer Moto G71 5G ($57,999), which stands out for its 6.4 Max Vision OLED display inches. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 695 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. In this renewal, Motorola also offers the new G51 ($47,999) and, soon, the G41.
On Samsung’s side, there’s a good balance between price and performance in the new Galaxy A52s 5G ($74,999), which uses a 6.5-inch 120Hz FHD+ Super Amoled display, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of memory. internal storage.
It is in the low range that the proposals multiply. Over the past year, many cell phone manufacturing companies have appeared (or reappeared) offering interesting models in this segment. For example, Alcatel, which offers its new 3H ($28,999), with a 6.52-inch HD+ screen, 3GB of RAM (at the limit of what’s acceptable) and 32GB of internal storage.
We also find the new range of Konka phones, with its two new models: the Lynx ($18,000), with a 6″ IPS HD screen, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage; and the economy Phoenix that costs just $14,000.
Added to these brands is ZTE, which has its Blade V30 Vita ($32,999), with a large 6.82-inch HD+ display and a 48MP main camera. Finally, the cheapest cell phone Motorola sells in the country is the Moto E6i ($19,999), with 2GB of RAM (little, for today’s most popular apps) and 32GB of storage.