The words “high-end”, “mid-range” or “low-end” are always on the lips of anyone who normally talks or deals with many smartphones. It is something that happens in other sectors, but an expensive terminal is still much more economical, or at least accessible, than a high-end car, so on a daily basis it is mentioned more. However, does it make sense to talk about ranges in 2017 before the maturity of the entire market?

The answer, without giving a detour, is that it does, it makes a lot of sense, although it can be qualified on the real need to acquire one. At the beginning of this era smartphone, the high-end, or rather pretended high-end, was a segment of the market that was not even characterized by excellence in all cases, but by innovating in sections that later years would lead to their Siblings At times it generated controversy that, existing an iPhone 4 with back and front of glass and aluminum frames, a Samsung Galaxy S, of plastic, also was considered high range.

Even when they are not pioneers, the high-end terminals mark the market guidelines by bringing the best quality to old concepts.

The truth is that everything that was below was so bad that somehow had to classify the most powerful offer that each manufacturer had, because it was the only one that despite the price could give satisfactions. And it was so until 2013, when Nokia and Motorola with the Lumia 520 and MotoG democratized the smartphone and “had the same as a high range, but for less than € 200.” Later, other models like the OnePlus One, with processor, memory and high-end storage for 300 € also seemed to erase both the separation between ranges and the sense of acquiring a high range.

But in reality, the low range is now decent thanks to the example of Nokia or Motorola does not change the situation: the ranges are not synonymous with good or malfunction, a positive should always be guaranteed. The high end is synonymous with innovation and quality in some senses in which the mean and low can’t even dream years later. It is something that repeats season after season in camera, where all the terminals promise a lot, but only the ones above are able to comply (and often not even that).


In the end we talk about having insured from day one processors not only fast, but very efficient, screens with more resolution than normal, new technologies such as pressure sensitivity, fingerprint readers, dual cameras with new approaches that make paradigm shift of mobile photography. Know or do not know the average user appreciate all these news, pay for them and their exclusivity. High-end is in 2017 the same as it has always been, the forefront of progress.

As a nuance, it should be added that perhaps the novelties of the high range technology (such as screens without frames) take less time to reach the average, or that this, by orientation, may have better aspects than the high, as a superior autonomy in In case of not shrinking the terminals in an absurd way.

Even with this shift for the average due to the explosion of components available to any manufacturer, the high will continue to be high. And while terminals that promise as much as the OnePlus 5 can’t take innovation initiatives (proving that they are up to crucial points like the camera) and only towing the market, they can’t be considered in that select group.