Flagship phones from most companies are now aiming to set a new standard – loads of RAM, 6GB to be precise, enough to give your laptop a run for its money. 6GB RAM provides great multitasking and gaming experience. Most of these phones are based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset which makes this high capacity possible, along with offering other features like Quick Charge 3.0 – which charges almost 80 percent of the battery in just 30 minutes. If you are also looking for such powerful smartphones, then you are at the right place.
So let's delve in.
The OnePlus 3 is the phone that’s beaten everyone in the race, it’s the cheapest phone with 6GB of RAM and you can buy it right away without waiting for invites. The phablet features the Snapdragon 820, which has a quad-core Kryo processor. The company has also offered their own take on fast charging with “Dash Charge”. The 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display is Full HD and not 2K, which should be good for the 3,000mAh battery, and is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The rear camera is rated at 16-megapixel, while for selfies, it has an 8MP shooter. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with OnePlus’ Oxygen OS. The 64GB non-expandable memory however, may seem inadequate to some.
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The Le Max2 comes with a big QHD display of 5.7-inches, and utilises Snapdragon 820 paired with 6GB of RAM. The phone also has a more affordable 4GB model. It offers an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and Android 6.0 with eUI. In India, the phone will be bundled with a lot of goodies, with subscription to popular streaming services. LeEco is excitedly pushing forth the idea of CDLA – a next-gen digital audio standard that streams music through the USB Type-C port instead of the analog 3.5 mm jack, which is absent on this phone. For imaging, it has a 21MP rear camera with OIS and a dual-tone flash and an 8MP front shooter. At ?29,990, the phone seems quite loaded for its price.
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Taiwan’s ASUS is giving its Zenfone series a reboot, and the Zenfone 3 Deluxe is poised to be the titan of the new range. It comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED full HD display that’s protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. Equipped with Snapdragon 821, it has 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The 23-meg sensor is highest in this class and offers TriTech Autofocus, which uses laser to focus on the subjects quickly. At the front, it has an 8MP snapper. A five magnet speaker focuses on better sound quality. It runs Android Marshmallow 6.0 with the latest version of ASUS’ ZenUI 3.0 interface. At Rs 62,990, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the most expensive smartphone in this roundup.
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Lenovo’s sub-brand, ZUK has created waves in the Indian market with its debut offering, the Z1. Its successor, the Z2 Pro offers a 5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display. It packs in the top-notch specs – just like its counterparts – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is skinned with ZUK’s own ZUI interface. A 13-megapixel and 8MP camera combination takes care of the photography requirements. A 3,100mAh keeps the phone alive, and it also features Quick Charge tech.
While we don’t really have any launch date for the phone, we expect it to launch soon – at an attractive price tag.
The Xplay 5 Elite is the top-of-the-line flagship from vivo, and holds the record of being the first phone to be powered by 6 gigs of RAM. It has this year’s hottest chipset, the Snapdragon 820, which is a quad-core processor with two cores running at 2.1GHz and the other two cores tuned at 1.6 GHz. A 5.43-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with dual-curved edges and 128GB of storage also seem to be the plus points. The Xplay 5 Elite runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the in-house Funtouch OS 2.6 interface. There’s a 16 MP camera and a fingerprint sensor at the back and an 8MP in the front.
Sadly, there’s no information if the smartphone would be making its way to India.
A new Chinese company Vernee is also set to create waves with its own flagship – the Apollo. This phone too packs 6 GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. But Vernee has chosen the X20 chipset by MediaTek instead of going with Qualcomm, which has an impressive deca-core CPU with Cortex A72 and A53 chips. The phone sports a 21-megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor, promising excellent photography. The QHD screen measures 5.5-inches and will most likely have ‘3D force’ pressure touch. Vernee offers Lossless music through the Type-C port, but also has the 3.5mm jack available. A 4,000 mAh battery should provide enough juice for effortless use.
However, it seems highly unlikely that the phone would launch in the Indian market.