“Our roundup of the best smartphones launched in October”
Every month, we end up with a long list of new and noteworthy smartphones that are worth your attention. Last month, it was the Coolpad Note 3 shook up the budget segment when it launched for Rs 9,999 with a fingerprint scanner and 3GB of RAM in tow. A bunch of flagships including Moto X Style, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Sony Xperia Z5 and Gionee Elife E8 also made their way into the market. If you want to catch up on all the smartphone action that happened last month, here’s our roundup of the top smartphone launched in the month of October.
The pricier and more loaded of the two new Moto X smartphones, the X Style offers a solid build quality and a 2K display. The phone comes in two storage variants – 16GB and 32GB – and offers a stock Android experience along with the usual Moto enhancements.
Google launched two devices instead of one this year. While the pricier Nexus flagship, dubbed the 6P has been manufactured by Huawei, the smaller and more affordable 5X is crafted by LG. The Nexus 6P sports a large 5.7-inch display and can be bought in Aluminium and Graphite hues. The 5X is features a 5.2-inch display and comes in Charcoal, Quartz and Ice Blue colours. Both the smartphones feature Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensors, 12.3MP rear cameras and USB Type-C ports.
The Honor 7 is the latest flagship from the brand, and it looks every bit the part, thanks to its full metal body. The phone rocks a fingerprint sensor and a customisable button called Smart Key. The 4G LTE-capable Honor 7 features a large 3,100mAh battery, and can even be used to charge other devices via USB OTG. With a 5.2-inch full HD display, the smartphone is on the compact side.
The Gionee Elife E8 features as yet another flagship in our list, and is a loaded offering. The smartphone is a full-metal affair and rocks 2K resolution on its huge 6-inch super AMOLED display. Unlike its predecessor, the Elife E8 is a dual-SIM phone and comes with expandable storage. One of the key highlights of the device is its 24MP rear camera.
The MEIZU m2 is a budget offering from the brand. The unibody smartphone comes with a compact 5-inch display, protected by a layer of Asahi Dragontrail glass. Running Flyme OS 4.5.3 on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop, the MEIZU m2 comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage and supports 4G on both of its SIM slots.
Related reads: MEIZU m2 unboxing and first impressions
The Coolpad Note 3 made news last month by defining new specification standards for the sub- Rs 10,000 segment. The device comes equipped with a fingerprint scanner and 3GB of RAM, and is currently is the most affordable smartphone to do so. With a 5.5-inch display, this phablet is 4G-enabled and features a meaty 3,000mAh battery.
Related reads: Coolpad Note 3 FAQs
Sony's latest flagships, the Xperia Z5 Dual and Z5 Premium Dual, both come with IP65/68 ratings, making them water- and dust-proof. The Z5 is the smaller of the two and comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p Triluminos display, while the Z5 Premium sports a larger 5.5-inch screen with 4K resolution. Both the smartphones come with loaded specifications, as you’d expect from an Sony Xperia flagship.
Related reads: Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium first impressions
Targeted at first-time smartphone users, Samsung launched its second Tizen-powered smartphone, dubbed Z3. The devices sports a 5-inch HD display with Super AMOLED tech. Samsung has loaded the Z3 with its My Galaxy app along with MixRadio. The phone also features various India-specific themes, an Ultra Power Saving Mode and an Ultra Data Saving Mode.
Showcased at IFA this year, the Lenovo Vibe P1 and P1m come with humungous batteries, the former sporting a 5,000mAh one, while the latter being equipped with a 4,000mAh unit. The smartphones feature USB OTG support, and can be used to charge other USB-powered devices as well. They feature a OneKey Power Saver switch that can put the devices into power saving mode. Both the Vibe P1 and P1m support Quick Charging as well. The Lenovo Vibe P1 is a phablet with 5.5-inch FHD display, while the P1m is smaller with a 5-inch HD screen.
With a back panel sporting leather finish, the XOLO Black 1X is a stylish looking device. It’s also one of the most affordable smartphones to rock 3GB of RAM. The XOLO Black 1X rocks a FHD display spanning 5-inches and supports 4G LTE connectivity and USB OTG capabilities. Both the SIM slots on the device are hybrid.
Other smartphones which couldn’t make it to our top launches list but still deserve your attention include the Alcatel Flash 2 (first impressions), ZOPO Speed 7 Plus and Swipe Elite 2 (first impressions).
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