11 outstanding cell phones launched in the 11 years of TecMundo

This Wednesday (23), the TecMundo completes 11 years of activity. During this period, the technology sector has evolved by leaps and bounds, ensuring more and more mobility for different categories of devices – such as cell phones.

To illustrate the main milestones in the smartphone market and remember the trajectory until then, we selected 11 models that made history in the last 11 years. Check out!

2011 – Galaxy Note

Forerunner of the line, the Galaxy Note popularized the “Phablet” format in the market. (Source: Samsung / Reproduction)Source: Samsung

Being considerably larger than a cell phone and even smaller than a tablet, the first Galaxy Note popularized the peculiar “Phablet” format and brought with it a new exclusive feature, which would soon become the signature of the brand: a S Pen.

In the years since, Galaxy Note models have become synonymous with “best possible” for productivity purposes, being equipped with the latest components and features on the market. In 2022, the family was officially discontinued and incorporated into the Galaxy S lineup with the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

2012 – Galaxy S2

Galaxy S2 has consolidated Samsung's premium line on the market.  (Source: Samsung / Reproduction)Galaxy S2 has consolidated Samsung’s premium line on the market. (Source: Samsung / Reproduction)Source: Samsung

Raising the level of competition in the cellphone market at the time, the Galaxy S2 consolidated Samsung’s top-of-the-line family with great style and high performance. The model was well-received by critics and sold over 55 million units in just 55 days, a feat that took about 30 “extra” days to achieve by its predecessor.

2013 – Lumia 1020

Lumia 1020 was one of the latest flagships launched by Nokia.  (Source: Nokia / Playback)Lumia 1020 was one of the latest flagships launched by Nokia. (Source: Nokia / Playback)Fonte: Nokia

Considered one of Nokia’s latest major launches, the Lumia 1020 It had a powerful set of features and technical specifications. In addition to the elegant design, its highlight was the huge 41 MP camera, equipped with Carl Zeiss lenses and dual flash system. Thanks to the Snapdragon S4 processor, combined with 2 GB of RAM, the model was able to capture high quality images.

However, its full potential was not achieved due to the operating system used, Windows 8, which lacked tweaks and apps.

2014 – Moto G2

Moto G2 was one of the most popular models among Brazilians in 2014. (Source: Motorola / Reproduction)Moto G2 was one of the most popular models among Brazilians in 2014. (Source: Motorola / Reproduction)Source: Motorola

Hailed by critics as one of the best value-for-money phones at the time, the Moto G2 also gained the attention of Brazilians with its features and technical specifications. The model had a 5″ screen (IPS LCD) and HD resolution, a Snapdragon 400 processor along with 1 GB of RAM, and a battery that promised to “last all day”.

2015 – OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2, popular for its good value for money.  (Source: OnePlus / Reproduction)OnePlus 2, popular for its good value for money. (Source: OnePlus / Reproduction)Source: OnePlus

Being referred to as an excellent alternative to a “cheap top of the line”, the OnePlus 2 sold over 30,000 units in just 64 seconds, shortly after being made available for purchase. And the brand did not come by chance: the model hit the shelves with a Snapdragon 810 V2.1 accompanied by up to 4 GB of RAM and a 5.5″ screen (IPS LCD) with Full HD resolution — all with a battery of 3,300 mAh.

2016 – iPhone 7 Plus

Along with its base version, the iPhone 7 Plus was Apple's first release without a dedicated headphone jack.  (Source: Apple / Reproduction)Along with its base version, the iPhone 7 Plus was Apple’s first release without a dedicated headphone jack. (Source: Apple / Reproduction)Source: Apple

After some problems in the structure of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus line, Apple bet on a new level of improvements for its next release: an extra camera and a series of photographic features.

The concept worked and the iPhone 7 Plus was a sales success, influencing several other brands to adopt some variation of systems with dual lenses. Interestingly, the good reception of the feature seems to have made up for the absence, unjustifiable for some, of the dedicated headphone jack.

2017 – iPhone X

iPhone X introduced the "notch" on-screen to Apple's aesthetic.  (Source: Apple / Reproduction)iPhone X introduced the “notch” on the screen to Apple’s aesthetic. (Source: Apple / Reproduction)Source: Apple

After a few years betting on the recycled look since the iPhone 6, Apple renewed the aesthetics of its cell phones with the announcement of the iPhone X. The model abandoned the use of buttons on its front, adopted a new facial recognition system (Face ID) and went on to offer a much higher body-to-screen ratio. Naturally, the icing on the cake is the incremental performance improvements, which are already traditional for the company.

2018 – Pocophone F1

Pocophone F1 catches the infamous "notch" borrowed from Apple.  (Source: Xiaomi / Reproduction)Pocophone F1 borrows the infamous “notch” from Apple. (Source: Xiaomi / Reproduction)Fonte: Xiaomi

Being a premium intermediary so efficient that it competes with tops of the line, the Pocophone F1 became a benchmark for value for money at the time. According to the specialized review, its main positive points were related to its high-quality camera, comparable for some to that found in the iPhone 8, in addition to its powerful 4,000 mAh battery with 18W charging.

2019 – Huawei P30 Pro

P30 Pro marked an era thanks to its powerful set of cameras.  (Source: Huawei / Reproduction)P30 Pro marked an era thanks to its powerful set of cameras. (Source: Huawei / Reproduction)Fonte: Huawei

Wrapped in controversy, the Huawei P30 Pro stood out for its powerful camera system and for being one of the last launches of the brand in the United States, before the sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump. The model was very well received by the specialized critics, with exceptions only to the customized operating system that, at times, could cause confusion to users.

2019/2020 – Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Mi Note 10 was the first cell phone on the market with a 108 MP camera.  (Source: Xiaomi / Reproduction)Mi Note 10 was the first cell phone on the market with a 108 MP camera. (Source: Xiaomi / Reproduction)Fonte: Xiaomi

Considered the first cell phone with a camera system with 108 MP of resolution, the Mi Note 10 had a good reception in the market, despite complaints against its processor — the Snapdragon 730G, not befitting the premium price suggested for the model. In addition, the phone has a very complete feature pack, highlighting the 5,260 mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging.

2021 – Galaxy Z Flip 3

Galaxy Z Flip 3 has consolidated Samsung as a leader in the foldable niche.  (Source: Samsung / Reproduction)Galaxy Z Flip 3 has consolidated Samsung as a leader in the foldable niche. (Source: Samsung / Reproduction)Source: Samsung

Until the launch of the Galaxy Z Flip 3, foldable phones were seen as a kind of proof-of-concept for the future. However, the new flip phone Samsung’s “retro” presented the exact set of technical specifications and good value for money to please users. And the result could not be different: the model was the best seller in the niche last year, consolidating the dominance of the South Korean among its competitors.

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