In recent times, we have talked about budget smartphones, overpriced flagships, and even mid-range devices. But what this has meant is that one of the most interesting segments of the smartphone arena has remained unvisited for quite a while.
Not anymore. The launch of the Huawei P9 in the Indian market made us wonder how the brand aims to put forward the device in the Rs 30,000 – Rs 40,000 segment that barely sees any excitement anymore. And boy, were we in for a surprise. In fact, it seems that the price band is one of the toughest yet most intriguing price segment for smartphones. While most devices here are older flagships which have received price cuts over the course of time, there are others like Huawei’s offering which bring forth the latest technology without the need of selling your kidney.
So what are you waiting for? Here’s a look at some of the top smartphones that are currently selling in the Rs 30,000 – Rs 40,000 segment.
The Huawei P9 is one of the few smartphones in our list that has a launch date in 2016. And the device justifies this feat as well. In fact, the brand has stepped up its game by offering a high-polished brushed metal design for its flagship. The highlight of the handset however, is its dual Leica-certified 12MP rear cameras that work in tandem to deliver true-to-life images. One of the sensors takes monochromatic pictures while the other is an RGB sensor.
Other specs of the device include a Kirin 955 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. An interesting thing is that the phone is compact, thanks to its 5.2-inch canvas with a full HD resolution. This makes the phone ideal for one-handed use while also being big enough to enjoy multimedia content. Priced at Rs 39,999, the Huawei P9 can be yours in either of the Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver or Prestige Gold hues.
Google Nexus 6P
Another smartphone that comes with Huawei branding, but this one is completely different. The Nexus 6P is a favourite device for power users, thanks to the vanilla Android experience, coupled with some impressive specifications. For starters, the metal-clad device sports a 5.7-inch 2K display, a 12.3MP rear camera and a mammoth 3,450mAh battery. Under the hood, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is the last gen flagship processor from Qualcomm. A generous 3GB of RAM means multitasking is a breeze as well. The Nexus 6P is one of the first devices to taste the goodness of Android 7.0 Nougat, and it ticks almost all checkboxes when it comes to the desired features. But then again, a successor to the Nexus 6P might land anytime soon, and this is something you must be aware of.
Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 edge
The previous year flagships from the Korean giant are still holding their ground. Add to that the numerous price cuts the devices have received because of the launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and you’ve found yourself a pretty decent choice. The S6 and S6 edge marked the end of Samsung’s boring design language by introducing the glass and metal design that has since become associated with the company. Powering the device is an octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC aided by 3GB of RAM. While you’ll miss features like the IP68 rating and a micro-SD card slot, Samsung has made sure that you won’t miss out on features. And if you’re a person who loves taking outdoor shots, the cameras on the S6 and S6 edge have proved their worth.
Sony Xperia X
With the Xperia X, Sony has re-aligned its vision of flagship offerings by ditching the ‘Z’ branding and focusing on the user experience. When it comes to specifications, the Xperia X seems falling behind a little as it is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 650 SoC and 3GB of RAM. There’s a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display up front, but the rest of the design is what you’d expect from a Sony smartphone. The highlight of the smartphone is its 23MP rear camera as well as the 13MP front camera. The brand promises up to two days of battery life on the device with its 2,620mAh unit. You can pick one up for yourself for Rs 36,990.
Apple iPhone 6
The iPhone 6 from Apple might be two generations old, but then again, iPhones don’t age so quickly, right? The iPhone 6 seems to be holding up pretty well. If you can live with a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels in 2016, the iPhone 6 might actually be a pretty good option for you. Powered by iOS 9, and soon to be upgraded to iOS 10, the smartphone offers a dual-core Apple A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera. The device boasts off a slick and premium aluminum body that measures just 6.9mm in thickness, and weighs only 129g. So, if you’re in the market for an iOS device instead of Android, then you can get yourself an iPhone 6.
It’s amazing how fast technology advances, with standout features of previous years like NFC and fingerprint scanners becoming mainstays on smartphones these days. Anyhow, we’ve given you our picks for the top smartphones in the segment. Which one would you go for? Leave us a comment below.