"A roundup of the top smartphones launched in May."
India’s budget smartphone market was shaken up in the month of May thanks to the debut of not one, but three Chinese brands. Adding fuel to the fire was YU’s loaded Yuphoria, as well as two new devices from Honor. Here’s our roundup of the top smartphones launched last month.
YU launched its second smartphone, the Yuphoria, last month. The device features a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD card. It gets an 8MP primary camera with LED flash at the rear, and a 5MP shooter up front. The smartphone runs the Android Lollipop-based CyanogenMod 12, and is fuelled by a 2,230mAh battery. The dual-SIM device supports both LTE bands in India.
Honor launched two affordable smartphones in India last month, the 4C and Bee. The Honor 4C features a 5-inch display with 720p resolution. It is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 620 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The memory department comprises of 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal expandable storage. The smartphone features 13MP/5MP cameras, a 2,550mAh battery, dual-SIM and Android KitKat with Emotion UI on top.
The Honor Bee is an entry-level offering, featuring a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 pixel display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, 8MP/2MP cameras, dual-SIM, a 1,730mAh battery and Android KitKat with Emotion UI.
Sony launched the waterproof Xperia M4 Aqua in India just in time for the monsoons. The smartphone features a 5-inch display with HD resolution, and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, consisting of two quad-core clusters clocked at 1.5GHz and 1GHz respectively. It gets 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The smartphone features a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP front shooter, and is fuelled by a 2,400mAh battery. The dual-SIM device supports 4G and runs Android Lollipop. It is IP65/68 certified, making it both water- and dust-proof.
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Chinese company Coolpad made its Indian debut with the Dazen 1 and Dazen X7 smartphones. The Dazen 1 is a budget device that features a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB of expandable memory, 8MP/5MP cameras and a 2,500mAh battery. The Dazen X7 on the other hand is a premium smartphone, packing in a 5.2-inch full HD display, a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6595 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 13MP/8MP cameras, and a 2,700mAh battery. Both smartphones offer dual-SIM, run the Android KitKat-based CoolUI and support India’s 4G networks.
MEIZU marked its foray into the Indian market with the m1 note in an exclusive partnership with Amazon. The Xiaomi Redmi Note competitor features a 5.5-inch display with full HD resolution. It’s powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, working in tandem with 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of fixed internal storage and runs the Android KitKat-based Flyme OS. The camera department comprises of a 13MP primary shooter and a 5MP front snapper. The dual-SIM device is fuelled by a 3,140mAh battery.
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ZTE’s sub-brand nubia was the third Chinese brand to make an Indian entry last month. The company launched the Z9 mini in exclusive partnership with Amazon. The smartphone sports a metal frame and features glass on both the front and back panel. It flaunts a 5-inch display with full HD resolution, and runs Android Lollipop layered with nubia 2.8 UI. Powering the show is a quad-core Snapdragon 615 processor consisting of four cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four cores ticking at 1GHz. It gets 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD. The smartphone features a 16MP primary camera and 8MP front shooter. The dual-SIM device supports 4G, and draws power from a 3,000mAh battery.
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BlackBerry’s all-touch smartphone, the Leap, went on sale in India in May. It features a 5-inch HD display and runs the latest BB OS v10.3.1, which allows direct installation of Android APKs and comes preloaded with the Amazon Appstore. Ticking inside is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, complemented by 2GB of RAM. Its remaining specs include 16GB of expandable flash memory, 8MP/2MP cameras and a 2,800mAh battery.