The month of October has been been quite loaded, both in terms of the festivities and the number of new and enticing smartphones that launched in India. Companies like Google, Motorola and a few some popular Indian brands unveiled some of the most anticipated smartphones of the year at competitive price points. But with so many power-packed phones going official, can we recall some of the most interesting new additions? Without further ado, let’s check them out.
The Moto Z (review) sports a 5.5-inch 2K AMOLED display, and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It features a 13MP primary camera with laser autofocus, a dual-tone LED flash, OIS and a 5MP shooter with LED flash. A 2,600mAh battery keeps the phone running. As for the Moto Z Play (review), it offers a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED full HD display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It has a 16MP rear snapper and a 5MP front-facing camera, and draws power from a 3,500mAh battery. Both phones get fingerprint sensors, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, microSD card support up to 2TB and support for detachable Moto Mod accessories.
The replacements to the iconic Nexus brand, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL (first impressions), sport aluminium unibody and polished glass combination designs, with a layer of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 at both the rear and front. The Google Pixel flaunts a 5-inch AMOLED full HD display and a Snapdragon 821 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM, available in 32GB and 128GB storage variants. It also includes a 12.3MP primary snapper with an LED flash and an 8MP front-facing snapper. It is fuelled by a 2,770mAh battery and comes with the Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor and Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. The Google Pixel XL on the other hand, sports a bigger 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display and a 3,450mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt (first impressions) flaunts a full metal design and a fingerprint sensor embedded in its home button. It offers 32GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch full HD display, a 1.59GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor, paired with 3GB of RAM and a Mali T830 GPU. It sports a 13MP primary snapper with an LED flash and full HD video recording, and an 8MP secondary shooter for selfies. The dual-SIM device offers 4G and VoLTE support along with a beefy 3,300mAh battery that keeps it running. On the software front, it boots Android Marshmallow with a layer of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. It also comes with Ultra Data Saving mode, support for 14 regional languages and has been priced at Rs 18,490.
The Honor 8 (review) flaunts a dual 12-megapixel camera setup at the back, accompanied by laser autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash while an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter takes care of selfies. It sports a premium metal unibody design with a fingerprint sensor at the back which also doubles up as a physical button. The 4G LTE device features a 5.2-inch full HD 2.5D curved glass display, and boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 on top. Handling the performance is an octa-core Kirin 950 SoC, aided by 4GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card). A 3,000mAh battery with fast charging support keeps the package running. Alongside the Honor 8, the brand also launched the Honor 8 Smart and Holly 3 Plus smartphones.
The InFocus EPIC 1 (first impressions) is a full metal body, hybrid dual-SIM phone which sports a 5.5-inch FHD display protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top. It is powered by the world's first tri-cluster chip, the deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in memory. It also offers a 16MP Hybrid PDAF primary camera assisted by a dual-tone LED flash and an 8MP front facing shooter. The 4G LTE compliant device boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery with support for quick charging. The phone also gets a fingerprint scanner, an IR blaster and a Smart Amplifier. The InFocus EPIC 1 has been priced at Rs 12,999 and is available exclusively on Amazon.
The MEIZU M3s (first impressions) packs a 5-inch HD 2.5D display and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor under the hood. Running Flyme 5 on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the phone sources its power from a 3,020mAh unit and offers a pair of 13MP and 5MP sensors on the back and the front respectively. The smartphone also features a fingerprint sensor embedded into the mBack home button and sports a metal design in shades of grey, silver and gold colours. The MEIZU M3s is available exclusively on Snapdeal in two different configurations of 2GB RAM / 16GB storage. and 3GB RAM / 32GB storage, costing Rs 7,999 and Rs 9,299 respectively.
The Intex Cloud Scan FP is currently the most affordable fingerprint sensor-toting smartphone in the country priced at Rs 3,999. It offers a 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731 processor, paired with 1GB RAM, and 8GB of internal memory, which is further expandable up to 32GB. It offers 5-megapixel cameras at both the front and rear, with the latter accompanied by an LED flash. In terms of connectivity, it offers 3G, dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS. The device boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and derives its power from a 2,450mAh battery.
The LYF F1 sports a 5.5-inch full HD display with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 on top, and boots Android Marshmallow 6.0. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC, mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. A 16-megapixel primary snapper with PDAF, a dual-LED flash, and full HD video recording support and an 8-megapixel autofocus shooter are present on the device. The dual-SIM device features voLTE with LTE+ support as well as Smart Ring, gesture support, support for playback of two videos side by side on the screen and is fuelled by a 3,200mAh non-removable battery. It costs Rs 13,399 and can be purchased at Reliance Digital stores.
The XOLO Era 2 is a budget Android smartphone featuring VoLTE support and a 5-inch IPS display bearing a resolution of 840 x 480 pixels. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor of unknown make, aided by 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card. The device offers a 5MP rear snapper with autofocus, 4P Largan lens, f/2.0 aperture, and an LED flash. The front camera is also a 5MP shooter with LED flash. The dual-SIM device boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a 2,350mAh battery. The Era 2has been priced at Rs 4,499, and will be available exclusively on Snapdeal via flash sales.
The ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser (first impressions) features a 5.5-inch full HD display with a 2.5D arc glass, encased into a 7.9mm thin metal body. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card). The 4G LTE device packs a 13MP PixelMaster 3.0 primary camera above its fingerprint sensor, an 8MP selfie shooter and a 3,000mAh battery. The Xiaomi Mi Max Prime shares most specs, including the 6.44-inch full HD display, 4,850mAh battery, a 16MP primary shooter and a 5MP front-facing camera with the Mi Max, but comes powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage and costs Rs 19,999.