June roundup: top smartphone launches

“Our roundup of the best smartphones launched in June”

Just like the past few months, the month of June brought along quite a bunch of smartphones scattered over the complete price spectrum. From flagship smartphones like the LG G4 and HTC One ME, to mid-range players like the Micromax Canvas Knight 2, to the extremely budget friendly ZTE Blade Q Lux 4G, last month saw a great deal of activity in every smartphone market niche. Here’s our roundup of the top smartphones launched in June.

Phicomm Passion P66




Adding to the Chinese players already competing in the Indian smartphone market, Phicomm marked its debut with the release of the Passion P660. The smartphone features an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor which is clocked at 1.5GHz and is mated to 2GB of RAM. The internal storage is 16GB and can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. Following the trend, the company decided to equip the smartphone with a 5-inch Full HD display with Gorilla glass protection. The smartphone gets a 13MP primary shooter accompanied by an LED flash and a 5MP front cam. Running Android KitKat 4.4, the Phicomm Passion P660 is a dual-SIM device that also supports 4G. A 2,300mAh battery keeps the device running.



Playing in its element, HTC revealed another premium smartphone dubbed the HTC One ME. The device rocks a QHD (1,440 x 2,560 pixels) display which spans 5.2-inches. Under the hood, it gets a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of on-board storage which can be further expanded by another 2TB via microSD card. The brand went all out when it came to the camera department, equipping the device with a 20MP autofocus primary camera with a BSI sensor and a dual-LED flash. There’s also a 4MP UltraPixel front shooter for selfies. The latest from HTC runs Android Lollipop out of the box and offers 4G LTE support. Other connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. A battery rated at 2,840mAh provides the juice for the device.

HTC One E9+


Apart from the One ME, HTC launched another high-end player with just as impressive specifications. The One E9+ comes with a 5.5-inch display with 2K resolution and a high screen pixel density of 534ppi. Aptly, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The device is powered by the 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 SoC. There’s 3GB of RAM and PowerVR G6200 graphics. In-built storage on the device is 32GB which can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD card. The camera department includes a 20MP primary snapper and an UltraPixel front camera. The HTC One E9+ runs Android Lollipop out of the box and is backed by a 2,800mAh non-removable battery.

Related reads: HTC One E9+ first impressions

Micromax Canvas Knight 2


Micromax launched yet another addition to its Canvas series in the form of the Knight 2. Just 6mm thick, the Knight 2 is a slim device and rocks a 5-inch HD display. What powers the smartphone is a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. There’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB. A 13-megapixel primary camera resides on the rear of the device while there’s a 5MP shooter at the front. The Canvas Knight 2 is a dual-SIM device and runs Android Lollipop. Apart from 4G support, the device offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS/AGPS. A 2,260mAh battery fuels the smartphone.

ZTE Blade Q Lux 4G


The ZTE Blade Q Lux 4G managed to earn its spot in our list of top smartphones launched in June because of the impressive specs it offers for its price. The device hides a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6732M processor and a Mali-T760 GPU. 1GB of RAM is paired with the processor while there’s 8GB of inbuilt memory which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The display of the Blade Q Lux 4G spans 4.4 inches and features a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. There’s an 8MP rear camera accompanied by an LED flash and a 5MP front snapper. The dual-SIM device supports 4G and comes with Android KitKat v4.4 (upgradable to Lollipop v5.0). Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 and GPS/AGPS. The battery of the device is rated at 2,200mAh.

InFocus M350/ InFocus M530


The US-based manufacturer launched the two siblings together last month. While the M350 features a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6732 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch IPS LCD HD display, 8MP cameras on both rear  and front and a 2,500mAh battery, the M530 sports an octa-core processor (utlising a 2GHz Cortex A17 quad-core and a 1.7GHz Cortex A7 quad-core cluster), along with 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch IPS LCD HD screen, 13-megapixel rear and front shooters and a battery rated at 3,100mAh. On-board storage on the M350 is 16GB, which can be further expanded up to 32GB with the help of a microSD card. The M530, on the other hand, comes with 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 64GB. Both the offerings from the brand support dual-SIM connectivity and run Android KitKat v4.4.

Micromax Canvas Sliver 5


The Indian phonemaker launched another Android Lollipop device in the mid-range segment. Carrying the name Canvas Sliver 5, the device is driven by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. There’s 2GB of RAM to ensure smooth performance. The smartphone offers built-in memory of 16GB, which is non-expandable. Boasting a screen pixel density of 306ppi, the Canvas Sliver 5 gets a 4.8-inch HD display. There’s an 8MP shooter equipped with a CMOS sensor, along with an LED flash on the rear, while a 5MP selfie camera finds its way on to the front. The Canvas Sliver 5 grabs attention with USPs like 4G LTE support and a thickness of merely 5mm. Fuelling the device is a 2,000mAAh battery.

Related reads: Micromax Canvas Sliver first impressions



LG G4 made its way into the market with drama and style. The flagship phablet from the brand boasts a 5.5-inch Quantum Quad HD display (1,440 x 2,560 pixels). The engine inside this powerful device is  a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core chip, which is a combination of a 1.8GHz dual-core Cortex-A57 processor and a 1.44GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor. The phone houses 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be further expanded up to 2TB using microSD card. The camera department of the LG G4 is chock-full with a 16MP main camera assisted by a dual-LED flash, optical image stabilisation 2.0 and laser autofocus, along with an 8MP front snapper. On the connectivity front, the Android Lollipop v5.1 device offers 4G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS and NFC. A 3,000mAh battery provides the juice to the device.

Related reads: LG G4 first impressions | LG G4 FAQs

XOLO Cube 5.0/ XOLO Cube 5.0 2GB


Unlike the glamorous show which LG created with the launch of G4, XOLO decided to launch its new budget smartphone more humbly. Featuring a 5-inch HD display, the XOLO Cube 5.0 comes with a layer of Asahi Dragontrail Glass to protect the screen. Providing the grunt is a 13GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582M processor and Mali400 graphics. The device comes in two versions, one of which sports 1GB of RAM while the other gets 2GB. 8GB of on-board storage is provided which can be expanded further up to 32GB. The primary camera of the device is capable of shooting stills at 8MP while the front camera captures at 2-megapixels. Running Android Lollipop v5.0, the device supports dual-SIM, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 and GPS. There’s a 2,100mAh battery to keep the device running.

Sony Xperia Z3+


Sony launched a new addition to its flagship Z series, namely the Xperia Z3+. Justifying what’s expected from a high-end Sony smartphone, the Z3+ is waterproof and rocks a 5.2-inch full-HD display. The device is equipped with TRILUMINOUS technology and X-Reality engine to enhance the viewing experience. Ticking under the hood is a Snapdragon 801 SoC, that utlises 1.5GHz and 2GHz quad-core processors. There’s 3GB of RAM and an integrated Adreno 430 GPU to complete the engine. The Z3+ comes with 32GB of built-in storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. A 20.7MP camera with LED flash sits on the rear of the device and is equipped with an EXMOR RSA sensor. Additionally, the device gets a 5-megapixel front camera with EXMOR RS sensor. Running Android Lollipop, the Z3+ offers connectivity options like 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi Direct and NFC. A battery rated at 2,930mAh rounds off the specs.

Related reads: Sony Xperia Z3+ first impressions

Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens


Noticing that the craze for selfies is not going down even a bit, Micromax made an intelligent move and announced the Canvas Selfie Lens with a clip-on 5MP Largen lens, which can be used like a front camera or the primary shooter. However, the device comes with an 8MP rear camera, as well. A 5-inch HD display spans along the fascia of the device and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The selfie-centred smartphone runs Android Lollipop and is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and mated to a gig of RAM. There’s 8GB of internal memory which can be further expanded up to 32GB. The device comes with standard connectivity options and a gets a Li-ion non-removable battery rated at 2,800mAh.

Intex Aqua 4G+


Intex entered the 4G brigade with its Aqua 4G+. The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display protected by Dragontrail Glass. Powering the first 4G smartphone from Intex is a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor assisted by 2GB of RAM. The built-in storage capacity in the device is 16GB, further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. For shooting, the Aqua 4G+ uses a 13MP autofocus primary camera and a 5MP front snapper. Running Android Lollipop out of the box, the smartphone offers other connectivity options like 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. Backing the device is a 2,300mAh Li-Polymer battery.

Other noteworthy smartphones launched in the month of June include the Panasonic Eluga S Mini and Sony Xperia C4.

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