Year 2015 saw lot of world firsts as far as smartphones are concerned... the world's first smartphone with three-sided display, the world's first smartphone to boast 4GB of RAM, the first to feature two front cameras and the first to rock a 4K display. Some of these made it to our list of the best smartphones we saw during the year, while some got beaten by other, more promising all-rounders. If your memory is cloudy thanks to the plethora of smartphone launches which happened this year, here's a quick flashback to the top devices the Indian smartphone market saw in the year 2015.
It takes more than just specs for smartphones to get our attention... and we encountered a few compelling ones in 2015. Keep scrolling to take a look at some of the best phones we saw in the year 2015.
The debut offering from the brand, the YU Yureka changed the market dynamics when it launched with its unconventional design and impressive specifications. The phablet offered a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon chipset, 2 gigs of RAM, a 13MP primary camera and 4G connectivity, for a price of just Rs 8,999. While the Indian smartphone market was undergoing a huge revolution courtesy of the various Chinese brands, the YU Yureka did its bit to transform the budget segment into what it is now.
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Having been heavily criticised for the Galaxy S5, Samsung wowed us this time around with the Galaxy S6 edge. The smartphone rocks a 5.1-inch dual-curved display with QHD resolution, and as its engine, gets Samsung's own Exynos 7420 chipset. Being the flagship it is, the phone also sports a heart-rate monitor and fingerprint sensor.
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Being the world's smartphone with 4GB of RAM, the ASUS Zenfone 2 instantly got our attention. The smartphone was launched with a plethora of variants, with different RAM capacities, storage and clock speeds. The other specs include a 5.5-inch FHD display and a 13-megapixel camera assisted by dual-tone LED flash.
Related reads: ASUS Zenfone 2 review
The Lenovo K3 Note was one of the most popular smartphones this year. Following in the footsteps of the YU Yureka and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, the K3 Note offered the best specs you could get in the sub-Rs 10,000 price range. These include a large 5.5-inch full HD display, a 64-bit octa-core processor, 2 gigs of RAM and 4G support.
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The successor to the flagship killer OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 was greatly anticipated after its predecessor set new benchmarks in the mid-range segment. The device lived up to all the expectations with its stylish design and flagship specs. The OnePlus 2 rocks a 5.5-inch FHD display and comes powered by a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor, assisted by 4GB of RAM. The device initially went on sale with the brand's invite-only selling model, but around its first anniversary, it was made invite-free for good.
Related reads: OnePlus 2 review
The OnePlus One's popularity was no fluke since the brand made sure all its follow-up offerings were just as good. Another result of the effort was the OnePlus X, which was launched in October this year. The stylish smartphone features impressive specifications like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, a 13-meg primary snapper and 4G LTE support, all packed in a compact 5-inch build for easy one-handed use. The OnePlus X comes in two variants - Onyx and Ceramic, both of which are currently available with invites via Amazon.
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After 'playing GOD' in the sub- Rs 10,000 segment for a while, YU upped its game and launched its priciest and most premium offering, the Yutopia. The smartphone has been one of the most anticipated devices of the year, all credit to its flagship specifications and a affordable price tag of Rs 24,999. The YU Yutopia features an all metal build and a 5.2-inch quad HD display. Under the hood, it gets a Snapdragon 810 chipset and 4GB of RAM.
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