“First impression is the last impression” – is a cliché whose legitimacy can’t denied, for it can be applied to almost anything in existence including smartphones. In case of our daily drivers, the heavy burden of making a significant impression falls upon the display. Everything ranging from the pixel density to saturation sets our bar for what to expect of that particular gadget. To make the best impression, smartphone brands have taken the leap to the QHD era and it’s time that we, consumers, do too. Here are the top smartphones featuring vivid QHD panels that you could consider for your next daily driver.
The latest flagship from Samsung features a crisp 5.5-inch Super AMOLED QHD panel with a curved display. The phone is powered by the Exynos 8890 SoC aided by 4GB of RAM. It's coupled with 32GB storage which is expandable up to 200GB. For shooting, the Galaxy S7 edge utilises a 12MP f/1.7 rear-facing unit knitted with a 5MP f/1.7 front facing shooter capable of churning out some detailed and impressive shots. Adding to the luxury, the device features a snappy fingerprint sensor, a 3,600mAh battery, wireless charging, fast charging, an Always-ON display and IP68 certification. The phone can be picked up for Rs 56,900.
The premium handset in the Nexus family impresses with a 5.7-inch AMOLED QHD display. The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 810 octa-core chipset allied with 3GB of RAM along with 32 / 64GB ROM options. Coming to the shooting capabilities, it has a 12.2MP f/2.0 rear facing lens along with laser autofocus, and an 8MP f/2.4 front shooter making for some crisp and sharp pictures. For the sprinkles over the dessert, you get the latest version of Android accompanied with regular updates, a 3,450mAh battery, USB Type-C, dual front-firing speakers and fast charging capabilities. The Google Nexus 6P can be mainly bought from online shopping stores for a price tag of Rs 36,499.
The metal-clad titan from LeEco joins the QHD family with a massive 6.33-inch QHD panel. Under the hood, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB ROM options. The device features a 21MP rear facing camera along with a 4MP front facing shooter. The LeEco Le Max utilises a 3,400mAh battery pack ensuring good battery life. The device can be picked up from online shopping websites for Rs 32,999.
Another entrant from Samsung to our list is the Galaxy Note 5. The latest from the Note line houses a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD canvas with the artist behind it being the Exynos 7420 octa-core processor allied with 4GB of RAM along with 32GB storage. Focussing on the shooting prowess of the device, the Galaxy Note 5 rocks a 16MP f/1.9 rear facing sensor along with OIS technology bonded with a 5MP f/1.9 front facing shooter. The latest of the Note family is built up on a 3,000mAh battery foundation. The device can be picked up through retail stores or online websites for Rs 48,900.
Enter CREO with the Mark 1 - an India-based startup which promises the Mark 1 owners a ‘new’ phone every month via regular updates. The software-focussed device features a 5.5-inch QHD panel wrapped in a metal and glass body hiding a MediaTek Helio X10 processor with 3GB RAM along with 32GB ROM. Coming to the camera, the CREO Mark 1 sports a 21MP rear facing shooter knitted with a 8MP front facing unit. To power all these hefty features, the smartphone house a 3,100mAh battery pack. The device is available at online shopping websites for Rs 19,999.
Motorola's self-proclaimed ‘shatterproof’ smartphone has us quite convinced on the title. The Moto X Force features a 5.4-inch QHD canvas and is being powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset allied with 3GB of RAM. The device is not the one to be messed with when talking about raw shooting prowess, with its 21MP f/2.0 rear facing unit plus a 5MP f/2.0 front facing shooter that makes it quite capable of producing some respectable and detailed shots in almost every lighting conditions. The Force variant of the Moto X line is built around a beefy 3,760mAh battery pack. The Moto X Force is available at online retail stores for a price tag of Rs 34,999.
Other notable options that one can consider will be the HTC’s comeback phone – the HTC 10 and the very first semi-modular smartphone – theLG G5 . Although both are impressive devices, to say the least, they couldn’t make our list since they haven't been launched in India yet.