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Mumbai: Indian smartphone market is one of the fastest and most promising markets in the world today. There is a huge movement from entry level handset to midrange and top of the line smartphones and this is what is making the smartphone makers so charged up about the Indian market prospects right now.
Almost every smartphone maker from Apple to OnePlus, HTC to Sony, Samsung to LG, Lenovo to Redmi and everyone in between is trying to come out with anything that would sway the smartphone fanatics in the country.
The best thing about these smartphone makers is the fact that they are doling out the best and ‘smartest’ handsets at rather good prices. Some of the best handsets available in the market are priced rather very attractively.
To be true, many handsets come with specifications that looked impossible merely a year or so ago. There are a couple of Android handsets that are equipped with 4GB of DDR4 RAM, equivalent to the RAM available on a normal laptop. Alongside, while you may still be using a Full HD television at home, the screen resolution on latest Android phones have been moved to 2K, and in some cases, even 4K.
Google Pixel XL
There is no denying that Google Pixel XL is a dream handset for many Android and smartphone enthusiasts across the world. While its sales have not been earth shattering, nevertheless this beauty has got rave reviews throughout the world by tech analysts. The most important thing for smartphone mavens is the fact that the handset comes from Google, the company behind Android operating system. Another important thing is that the handset has been completely manufactured by the search ginat. Right from the software of the phone to the design, everything is done by Google. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 powered device is easily the best Android smartphone you can buy today. It offers a very familiar design and a superb 2K display. Google has also incorporated a brilliant camera on the phone which can easily stand against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and even the iPhone 7. If 5.5-inch is too large for you to handle, you can settle for the 5-inch Google Pixel.
Price Rs 65000 (Amazon)
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung is the one company that is trusted most in this part of the world. Despite the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco that hit the company rather very hard, the smartphone major is the most important player in the Indian market. The Smasung Galaxy Note battery issue might have cost the tech giant more than $5 billion in direct losses, nonetheless, its Indian empire continues to stand strong. The tech giant enjoys more than 20 percent market share of fast expanding smartphone market in the country.
There is no denying that despite the fact that Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was introduced in the Indian market many moons ago, it remains the top Android handsets in the market. The 2016 flagship from Sammy is waterproof, and supports microSD cards of up to 200GB. The tech giant deployed its latest Exynos 8890 SoC on the new Galaxy S7 Edge, and there is 4GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal storage. The handset comes with AMOLED display with 2560×1440-pixel resolution, but the screen size has been increased from 5.1 inches to 5.5 inches. With the increased size, the company has put in a much more powerful battery in the handset. S7 Edge comes with 3600mAh battery. The handset is equipped with 12MP Dual Pixel camera, which shoots amazing photographs even in low light. Specs:
Price Rs 49899 (Flipkart), Rs 47000 (Amazon)
This is one handset that cost half the price of its competitors. Yet, the handset looks better and much more impressive than many handsets that come twice its price. The OnePlus 3T is an amazing handset, first OnePlus handset that comes with all-metal body. The handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC and has 6GB of RAM. The 16MP camera on the back does not disappoint either and offers PDAF as well as OIS. Like most latest Android phones, battery life is not that great, but still manages to go on for a whole day on a single charge. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 RAM: 6GB Storage: 64/128GB Camera: 16MP, 16MP Battery: 3400mAh OS: Android 6.0.13OnePlus 3T
Buy Rs 29999 (Amazon)
While LG may not be a major player in the smartphone market in this part of the world, its handsets are increasingly attracting smartphone mavens towards it. With improved availability of its handsets, LG is scaling up its presence in the smartphone market in the country. There is no denying that the company’s flagship handset LG G5, is also the world’s first modular smartphone. LG G5 comes with a metal build and fingerprint sensor. When it comes to specifications, the handset powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage, along with microSD card support of up to 200GB. The smaller, 5.3-inch display is a delight to look at, and offers 2560×1440-pixel screen resolution. The removable battery is small, but lasts for a day.
Price Rs 40990 (FlipKart)
HTC despite losing its market share in the Indian market considerably due to arrival of new players hasn’t disappointed its old fan base in the country. The HTC 10 is simply fabulous to say the least and many people immediately fall for it merely from its first look. The 5.2 inch size makes it look rather very impressive. When it comes to specifications, the HTC 10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. When it comes to camera, the OIS-assisted 12MP UltraPixel rear camera is great to shoot with, and you also get OIS on the front camera. Its display seems to be out of this world. The 5.2-inch LCD5 2K resolution panel looks beautiful from all angles. However, the best part is the audio quality, which gives the best music quality you can get on any Android mobile available for purchase today. Specs: Display: 5.2-inch, 1440p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 12MP, 5MP Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0.15HTC 10
Price Rs 37999 (Amazon), Rs 44999 (Flipkart)