“A roundup of the top smartphones launched in August 2014.”
In the month of August, we saw several interesting innovations from Indian companies, ranging from XOLO’s HIVE user interface to the first Firefox smartphones from Intex and Spice. There were also notable launches from Nokia and Panasonic, as well as ASUS’ 4.5-inch Zenfone 4. For a closer look at some of the noteworthy contenders that came our way recently, here’s our roundup of the top smartphones launched in August 2014.
The XOLO Play 8X-1200 is a gaming-centric smartphone that was launched earlier this month. The device features a 5-inch OGS screen with full HD resolution, and is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592T processor, aided by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of fixed internal storage. At the rear, it gets a 13MP PureCel camera with dual-LED flash, and in the front, it features a 5MP front snapper with a BSI sensor. Connectivity features include dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB OTG and GPS. The phone is fuelled by a 2,300mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The Nokia Lumia 530 went on sale recently, and is currently the most affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device. The smartphone features a 4-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Inside ticks a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, aided by 512MB of RAM. Storage is on the lower side, maxing out at 4GB, with a microSD card slot in tow for expansion up to 128GB. For connectivity, the smartphone offers dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Camera features are the bare minimum, with only a 5MP fixed focus shooter at the rear, and no front camera. The smartphone draws power from a 1,430mAh battery.
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The iBerry Auxus Note 5.5, as the name suggests, is a 5.5-inch phablet. The display features HD resolution and is based on One Glass Solution technology. It is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and a Mali 450 GPU. There’s 16GB of internal storage on offer, with a microSD card for expansion. The smartphone runs Android 4.4 out of the box, and is fuelled by a 3,200mAh battery. Connectivity features include dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wireless Display and GPS. The device’s stand-out feature is its fingerprint scanner below the rear camera, which allows you to configure up to three fingerprints to hide private apps.
The XOLO 8X-1000 was the first smartphone to run the brand’ HIVE user interface, based on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. The device features a 5-inch display with HD resolution, protected by a layer of Asahi Dragontrail glass. The rear panel, also made of glass, offers Gorilla Glass protection. Powering the smartphone is a 1.4GHz octa-core processor from MediaTek, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal expandable storage. Camera duties are handled by an 8MP primary snapper and a 2MP front shooter. The dual-SIM device offers 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS for connectivity. A 1,920mAh battery powers the phone.launched the Eluga A last month, an affordable device featuring steel-finish bezels. It sports a 5-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, aided by 1GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with Panasonic’s custom Play UI on top. Internal memory maxes out at 4GB, with a microSD card slot for expansion up to 32GB. At the back, it features an 8MP primary camera, while in the front, it offers a 2MP shooter. It is powered by a 2,000mAh battery and offers 5.1 surround sound. For connectivity, it features dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth and GPS. first smartphones to run Firefox OS. The device features a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, and is powered by a 1GHz processor paired with 128MB of RAM. It gets just 256MB of memory, expandable up to 4GB via microSD. It features a 2-megapixel rear camera, but lacks a front snapper for video calls. For connectivity, the device is equipped with dual-SIM, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, but unfortunately doesn’t support 3G. Powering the show is a 1,250mAh battery.
Spice also announced its Firefox OS smartphone, the Fire One (unboxing and first impressions). It features similar specs, but gets a 1.3MP camera at the rear, as well as a VGA snapper in the front.
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The Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo was launched in August. The device features a 4.7-inch HD display, and is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core processor, paired with 1GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and offers 8GB of expandable internal storage. Camera features include an 8MP rear shooter and a 5MP front snapper. For connectivity, it offers dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Fuelling the device is a 2,100mAh battery.
Over a month after the launch of the Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 6, ASUS outed the Zenfone 4 A450CG, an upgraded variant of the Zenfone 4. The device features a larger 4.5-inch screen, bearing a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. In charge of camera duties is an 8-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front snapper. The device is powered by 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor, aided by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal expandable storage. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat with ASUS’ ZenUI on top, and draws power from a 1,750mAh battery.
That wraps up this month’s edition of top launches. As usual, we’ve got our ears to the ground, and are tracking each and every new launch so we can get you a curated list again next month. Via the comments section below, do let us know which smartphone(s) you like from the above list and why.