[dropcap size=small]H[/dropcap]ad you owned anything other than an Apple or Samsung smartphone three years ago, you’d be in for a world of pain. Inferior model make, patchy software support and derisive snickers from know-it-all peers were the price of adventuring out of the bandwagon.

How the tables have turned this year. Chinese brands have stepped up to the plate to challenge the supremacy of the iPhone and other South Korean models. Their MO? Better features and decent aesthetics at a more palatable price. Last month, Huawei knocked Apple off its second-place perch in Europe, and looks to loosen Samsung’s stranglehold as numero uno.

There can only be one victor from the brawl: we the consumers, who can at last claim we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to quality smartphones. Here’s The Peak’s guide to make sense of the new “phone-scape”.

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