Lords, Geeks and fellow men, I need your advice for buying a new phone where I am asking if Apple / Samsung / Pixel are the only phones to go (excluding blackberry on purpose) if data security matters?
India is loaded with Chinese phones such as Vivo, Oppo, Xaomi, One Plus etc. I recently bought Nokia 3.1 plus and became victim of background app killings. It is not even sparing VPN and Antivirus. While the offer at midrange phones from Vivo, Xaomi sound attactive (considering value for money on hardware specs), I am a bit skeptical and scared on the news about data being sent to China without user's consent.
I don't think Xiaomi (or Oppo/Vivo) would violate user user privacy any more than brands like Samsung because it has been under scrutiny for a while and there hasn't been any reports about inappropriate data being sent back to China. Lenovo seems to have alot of issues with privacy after some spyware scandals.