May was the month where several unexpected entrants and startups reigned. The past few weeks saw the birth of our local flagship – the smartron t.phone which has already proven itself worthy of going toe to toe with the smartphone titans. Ee were a witness to Moto G4 Plus’s ascension to the mid-ranger throne, and also stood under the grace of the kickstarter miracle – the Nextbit Robin as it breached the Indian market. To cut it short, we have plenty worth covering which calls for yet another installment of our monthly smartphone roundup. Let’s get to counting it down.
The successor to the critically-acclaimed Moto G 3rd-gen dropped in with an unexpected ‘Plus’ variant and has already swept tech enthusiasts off their feet. It has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD 1080p display layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC for brains coupled with a healthy 3GB of RAM and 16/32GB storage options. The shooting prowess is provided by its 16MP f/2.0 rear facing shooter plus a 5MP f/2.2 front facing unit. All these features are powered by a 3,000mAh battery pack. The Moto G4 Plus can be picked via Amazon for a generous price tag of Rs 13,499.
The smartron t.phone is another reason for us to feel pride in being Indian. The metal-clad flagship houses a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC coupled with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage inside. Sporting a 13MP f/2.0 primary camera unit and a 4MP f/2.0 at front, the smartron t.phone is assured to capture pictures with impressive details and finesse. The smartphone holds a 3,000mAh battery at its core, juiced up via a USB Type-C port embedded with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The device features a price tag of Rs 22,999.
This cloud-based smartphone features a 5.2-inch 1080p panel with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core SoC at the helm which is further supported by a 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage and an added 100GB of cloud storage. The device features a set of dual front firing speakers enhanced with dual amplifiers, a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port incorporating the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology for a 2,680mAh battery. As for the cameras, the Nextbit Robin utilises a 13MP primary unit along with a 5MP front facing sensor. The Nextbit Robin is already up for pre-orders and can be bought off Flipkart for a price tag of Rs 19,990.
The Coolpad Max houses a 5.5-inch 1080p canvas with the artist behind it being the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset allied with a healthy 4GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal storage. The phone comes equipped with a 13MP primary camera with Samsung’s ISOCELL sensor knitted with a 5MP secondary front facing shooter. The Coolpad Max feels premium all over with its sleek metal body with added luxuries such as a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The smartphone draws its power from a 2,800mAh battery pack. The Coolpad Max can be bought via online shopping websites for a price tag of Rs 24,999.
The latest spawn of the Samsung’s unrivaled Galaxy line is the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016 edition) which features a 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED panel, and is powered by the OEM’s very own Exynos 7870 octa-core chipset supported by a 2GB of RAM along with 16GB storage. The device sports a 13MP f/1.9 primary shooter coupled with a 5MP f/1.9 front facing unit. The smartphone ensures a lasting use with its 3,300mAh battery at its core. The device is available at retail stores and online shopping portals for a price tag of Rs 15,990. Its sibling, the J5 (2016), brings forth similar set of specs in a compact 5.2-inch body.
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The MEIZU m3 note comes equipped with a 5.5-inch FHD LTPS LCD panel with the MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 as brains which is further supported by 2GB RAM along with 16GB ROM or by 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, depending on the variant of choice. Talking about the device’s capturing abilities, the Meizu m3 Note houses a 13MP f/2.2 primary camera married with a 5MP f/2.0 front-facing sensor. The latest from Meizu sips power from a 4,100mAh battery and is held within a premium metal body with other added luxuries such as a fingerprint scanner. The device can be picked via online shopping websites sporting a starting price tag of Rs 9,999.
The Micromax Canvas Evok holds a 720p 5.5-inch IPS LCD display protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 octa-core chipset, further supported by 3GB of RAM and 16GB storage. The handset features a 13MP primary camera along with a 5MP front facing shooter. With other added delights such as a 3,000mAh battery pack, 4G LTE support and an affordable price tag of Rs 8,499 makes this phone a hard deal to pass.
The Intex Cloud String HD sports a 5-inch 720p panel powered by the Spreadtrum SC9832A quad-core processor coupled with a 1GB RAM and 8GB of ROM. The phone utilises an 8MP primary cam, and a 5MP front facer. The phone features a fingerprint sensor and 2,200mAh battery, and can be bought for Rs 5,599.
The Micromax Bolt Seflie is another new launch, and houses a 854 x 480 resolution display panel powered by a MediaTek MT6735 chipset coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB ROM. For camera, the Micromax Bolt Selfie comes with 5MP primary camera with 5MP secondary shooter. The smartphone can be bought off online shopping stores for a price tag of Rs 4,999.