“A roundup of the top smartphones launched in April.”
In the month of April we saw several smartphone launches across price bands. In the budget category the Lenovo A6000 Plus stole the show, while the mid-range line-up saw the likes of the ASUS ZenFone 2, Honor 6 Plus and Xiaomi Mi 4i go on sale. We were also treated to a few flagships, including the HTC One M9+ and LG GFlex2. Here’s our roundup of the top smartphones launched last month.
The long awaited successor to ASUS’ ZenFone line-up went on sale in India last month. As before, the series comprises of multiple variants. The top-end version features a 5.5-inch full HD display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB/128GB storage variants, 13MP/5MP cameras and a 3,000mAh battery. The mid-range ZenFone 2 features identical specs to the top-tier variant, except for its 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The base model is the same as the mid-range variant, except for its display resolution which gets lowered from full HD to HD. All the variants feature dual-SIM, 4G and Android Lollipop with ZenUI on top.
The Honor 6 Plus was announced alongside the Honor 4x, but only went up for pre-order last month. The smartphone flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD display, and runs Android KitKat layered with Emotion 3.0 UI. It is powered by Huawei’s in-house octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 925 processor, consisting of two quad-core clusters clocked at 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz respectively. It houses 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal expandable storage. It sports parallel 8MP camera sensors at the rear which shoot simultaneously to create 13MP photos, and facilitate neat tricks like a wide aperture mode. There’s a third 8MP camera in the front. Other features include a 3,600mAh battery, 4G support and dual-SIM.
Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 4i, its ‘Made for India’ smartphone at a global launch event in New Delhi last month. The smartphone packs in attractive specs at an affordable price. It features a 5-inch full HD display, and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, made up of four cores ticking at 1.7GHz, and four cores clocked at 1.1GHz. It gets 2GB of RAM and 16GB of fixed internal storage. The device gets a 13MP camera with a two-tone LED flash at the rear, and a 5MP snapper up front. The remaining specs include dual-SIM, 4G, a 3,120mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop with MIUI 6.
Last month, we expected HTC to launch the One M9 in India. Instead, we got the One M9+, a different variant meant for select markets, India included. The flagship smartphone features a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. It’s powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, working in tandem with 3GB of RAM. It gets 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 2TB via microSD. At the rear, it gets a 20MP primary camera with a depth sensor and dual-LED flash. The front camera is an UltraPixel unit. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7.0 on top. The remaining specs include a 2,840mAh battery, 4G support and front-facing BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio.
Related read: HTC One M9+ first impressions
Microsoft’s mid-range duo, the Lumia 640 and 640 XL were launched in India in early April. The smartphones feature the same core specs, with a few key differences. They both get HD displays, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processors, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal expandable storage, dual-SIM, and Windows Phone 8.1 (Update 2) with Lumia Denim. Individually, the Lumia 640 sports a 5-inch display, 8MP/1MP cameras and a 2,500mAh battery. The Lumia 640 XL, as the name indicates, packs in a larger 5.7-inch screen, 13MP/5MP cameras and a 3,000mAh battery.
Related reads: Microsoft Lumia 640 review | Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review
LG’s curvy flagship, the G Flex2, was initially launched in March, but went on sale only last month. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch curved 1080p display and runs Android Lollipop with LG’s custom UX on top. The device was the world’s first to utilise the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, a 64-bit chipset consisting of two quad-core clusters clocked at 2GHz and 1.6GHz respectively. In the memory department, it gets 2GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of expandable storage. Other features include 13MP/2.1MP cameras, a 3,000mAh battery and a self-healing back panel.
Related read: LG G Flex2 first impressions
The A7000 was Lenovo’s first 4G LTE enabled smartphone for India, and it was launched last month for an affordable price. The device features a large 5.5-inch display with HD resolution, and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752M chip clocked at 1.5GHz. The processor is assisted by 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal expandable storage. It gets an 8MP camera with LED flash at the rear, and a 5MP unit in the front. It is the world’s first smartphone to pack in Dolby ATMOS sound. The device offers dual-SIM card slots and is fuelled by a 2,900mAh battery.
Related read: Lenovo A7000 first impressions
Shortly after launching the A6000, Lenovo introduced the beefed-up A6000 Plus. The smartphone features support for Indian 4G bands and is dual-SIM enabled. It gets a 5-inch HD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal expandable storage. The camera department comprises of an 8MP primary snapper with LED flash, along with a 2MP front shooter. It draws power from a 2,300mAh battery and runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Vibe UI 2.0 on top.
Gionee’s latest flagship, the Elife S7, hit the Indian market in April. The device is made of aviation-grade aluminium magnesium alloy and stainless steel, and features a super-slim 5.5mm frame. It flaunts a 5.2-inch full HD display and runs Android Lollipop with Amigo UI 3.0 on top. It is equipped with a 64-bit 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, aided by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of fixed storage. It features dual-SIM card slots and supports Indian LTE bands. Imaging duties are handled by a 13MP camera at the rear with an LED flash, and an 8MP shooter in the front. It is fuelled by a 2,750mAh battery
Micromax’s latest budget contender, the Canvas Spark, went on sale last month. It features a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal expandable storage, 8MP/2MP cameras and a 2,000mAh battery. The dual-SIM smartphone runs Android Lollipop out of the box
Related read: Micromax Canvas Spark unboxing and first impressions
OPPO’s latest flagship smartphone, the N3, made its way to India a few weeks ago. It features a 5.5-inch full HD display, and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, aided by 2GB of RAM. It gets 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD. The main highlight of the device is its 16MP camera with dual-LED flash, which can rotate 206-degrees to function as the front camera as well. The remaining features include dual-SIM, 4G LTE, a 3,000mAh battery and Android KitKat with ColorOS 2.0.
Related read: OPPO N3 first impressions