Well then I'll have to live with my current phone for another year or two. After all, the only reason for upgrading is the slow CPU, and Pixel 3a won't fix that. I'm currently running OmniROM Pie with some random reboots, but that doesn't happen very often (maybe once per week or so) and it boots really fast.
I've been using Sony Xperia X Compact for the past 2 years, but the midrange CPU is starting to show its age and I've been thinking of an upgrade. I paid exactly 300 euro for my current phone when I bought it, soI'm looking at a similar price range. I might bump it up to 400-ish.
These are the features my perfect smartphone would have:
- compact body (no wider than 65mm)
- at least 3GB of RAM (let's make it 4GB, for futureproofing)
- no rounded corners, and most importantly, NO NOTCH!
- Easily rootable, can expect long term support/updates either from the manufacturer or from XDA community
- bonus points for a physical button so I can answer my calls when it's -25 degrees Celcius outside without poking my phone with my nose like an idiot (e.g. Samsung used to have a home button)
Things I really don't care about:
- screen size
- design (let's make an exception for barbie phones here, I don't want that nor anything similar)
- extra "features" (xcept glove mode, that can sometimes be useful)
Of course I do realize there is no single smartphone that ticks all the boxes, but let's try to tick as many of them as possible without straying too far away from the other ones. For example, I might buy a 65-70mm wide phone if it has good specs and isn't too expensive, but I won't even consider a 75mm wide one even if it's a flagship for $100.
Actually the S10e is about the same size as your current phone but with the latest SOC and GPU. Plus it will have at least 3 years support for android and security updates. Though the price is above 400euro.
Or the Oneplus 5 if you could get one would be great upgrade as well for about the price you need.
Slightly confused how you think the CPU is "worse than what you have now" maybe you should take a look at this:
You mentioned in your original post that screen size didn't matter, hence why I recommended the A7 (2018) 6.0" is a decent size imo, you'd also be doubling your current RAM
You don't have to take a look at that link, you're the one looking for a new device not me so do as you please, however you're sadly mistaken if you think the SD650 (which is in the X compact I believe) is outperforming the Exynos 7885
Have a great day
Yes, I did say screen size didn't matter. But that doesn't invalidate the previous point I made about overall phone dimensions being important. Rather, what I meant by saying screen size is unimportant is that I don't care how small it is. There is no "too small" for me.
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