“A roundup of the major smartphone launches happened in September”
The year is shaping up to be very interesting considering the variety of smartphones that have been launched up until now. Last month, the pocket friendly YU Yunique entered the market, the sub- Rs 8,000 segment saw launches like the ASUS ZenFone Go, while Samsung announced its pricey flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note5 in India. Other mid-rangers like the Lenovo Vibe Shot and the InFocus M812 also made their presence felt. If you’re keen on getting yourself a new smartphone, here’s our roundup of the best smartphones launched in the month of September.
Last month kicked off with this budget launch from Gionee. The Gionee F103 ships with a 5-inch display which bears HD resolution. The screen of the device gets a protective coating of Dragontrail glass to keep scratches at bay. Powering the F103 is a MediaTek MT6735 chip which makes use of four cores clocked at 1.3GHz. There’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage. An expansion slot ensures further increment in the storage. The camera department of the device is equipped with an 8-megapixel primary camera assisted by an LED flash, and a 5-meg front shooter for video calling and self portraits. The Gionee F103 runs Android Lollipop 5.0 out of the box with Amigo 3.0 UI on top. Apart from standard connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, the dual-SIM smartphone offers support for 4G on its primary SIM. The device is priced at Rs 9,999 and comes in three colour variants – Black, Pearl White and Dawn White.
OPPO launched this duo last month. While the OPPO R7 Plus is the bigger of the two, sporting a 6-inch screen, the R7 Lite more compact with a 5-inch display. Both the devices come with 13-megapixel rear cameras and 8MP front shooters. The OPPO R7 Plus and R7 Lite feature optional dual-SIM slots (the second slot is a hybrid SIM slot) and ship with OPPO’s VOOC charger for fast charging. The smartphones run the brand’s proprietary ColorOS 2.1 atop Android Lollipop and offer support for Indian 4G LTE bands.
The OPPO R7 Plus rocks a full HD AMOLED 2.5D Arc-Edge display and a metallic unibody design. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back panel of the device. The smartphone comes powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 64-bit processor with eight cores humming at 1.5Ghz. 3GB of RAM supports the processing on the smartphone. While the inbuilt storage is rated at 32GB, it can be expanded further with the use of a microSD card. Backing up the R7 Plus is a 4,100mAh battery.
The OPPO R7 Lite ships with a similar 2.5D display but sports HD resolution. Under the hood, the phone hides a 1.3GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of built-in memory and the battery is rated at 2,320mAh.
The OPPO R7 Plus can be owned for an asking price of Rs 29,990 while the R7 Lite is priced considerably lower at Rs 17,990.
Unveiled way back in July, the Moto X Play was launched last month exclusively via Flipkart. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch full HD display, which comes protected by a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. What powers the Moto X Play is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 CPU mated to 2GB of RAM. The device comes in two variants, one with 16 gigs of built-in memory and other with 32GB of it. The storage is expandable up to 128GB on both the variants. The Moto X play ships with pure Android v5.1.1. However, the usual Motorola enhancements like Moto Display, Moto Voice, Moto Actions and Moto Assist can be found on the device. For imaging, the Moto X Play makes use of a 21MP primary shooter which is complemented by a dual CCT flash. For selfies, it employs a 5MP front facing camera. Connectivity options include dual-SIM configuration, 4G LTE support, NFC and dual-band Wi-Fi. A 3,630mAh battery backs the device. The Moto X Play comes with a protective water repellent coating to withstand accidental spills. The smartphone is priced at Rs 18,499 for the 16GB edition, while the 32GB variant can be bought for Rs 19,999.
The YU Yunique made quite an entry in the budget smartphone segment and the device was sold out in merely nine seconds in its first flash sale. In a sea of large screened smartphones, the YU Yunique ships with a compact 4.7-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of it. The smartphone comes powered by Snapdragon 410 SoC with four cores spinning at 1.2GHz. Assisting the CPU is a gigabyte of RAM and an integrated Adreno 306 GPU. The Yunique provides 8GB of on-board storage which can be expanded up to 32-gigabytes via microSD card. To take care of the imagery, the smartphone is equipped with an 8-megapixel primary snapper supplemented by an LED flash, and a 2MP front shooter. On the connectivity front, the YU Yunique offers support for dual-SIM, 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. A 2,000mAh battery provides the juice for the device. The device runs near stock Android Lollipop and supports Firmware Over The Air update to CyanogenMod OS 12.1. The YU Yunique is priced at Rs 4,999 and can be bought exclusively via Snapdeal.
Within a month of unveiling the Xperia M5, Sony launched the dual-SIM edition of the smartphone in September. Flaunting hybrid autofocus technology, the Xperia M5 Dual comes with a 21.5-megapixel primary shooter aided by an LED flash. A 13MP secondary camera takes care of selfies. The Xperia M5 Dual’s engine is a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor clocked at 2GHz and coupled with 3GB of RAM. There’s PowerVR G6200 GPU as well. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage which can be further expanded up to 200GB with the help of a microSD card. The display of the Xperia M5 Dual spans five inches and bears full HD resolution. The device runs Android Lollipop 5.0 and offers connectivity features like 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and A-GPS. A 2,600mAh battery keeps the device alive. The Sony Xperia M5 Dual can be bought in either gold or black hues for an asking price of Rs 37,990.
The Lenovo Vibe Shot was unveiled at MWC earlier this year, but was launched in India last month. The camera-centric smartphone comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation, infrared autofocus and a 16:9 BSI sensor. The camera setup is assisted by a tri-colour LED flash. An 8MP front facing camera takes care of self portraits and video calling. A 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor ticking at 1.7GHz powers the show. The CPU is paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone sports a 5-inch full HD display. While the inbuilt storage is limited to 32GB, a microSD card can be used to top it up by 128 gigabytes. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1 and A-GPS. A 2,900mAh battery keeps the device running. Lenovo’s proprietary Vibe UI runs atop Android Lollipop. The phone is available in Carmine Red and Graphite Grey variants and can be grabbed for Rs 25,499.
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The InFocus M812 is a flagship smartphone from the brand. The device runs Android Lollipop with InLife UI 2.0 on top. There’s a 5.5-inch full HD display protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor ticks inside at a clock speed of 2.5GHz. The CPU supports 64-bit computing and is aided by 3GB of RAM. The 16GB built-in storage on the device can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. The camera department includes a 13-megapixel autofocus primary camera aided by a dual-LED flash. The M812 also sports an 8-meg fixed focus front cam with a wide angle lens. In terms of connectivity, the smartphone comes with a micro-SIM and a hybrid slot, 4G LTE support for Indian bands, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 and A-GPS. Fuel is provided by a 2,900mAh battery and the device comes with Quick Charge technology. The smartphone is priced at Rs 19,999.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note5 landed in India as the brand’s latest flagship phablet featuring an all new S Pen which can be accessed with a simple ‘click’. The Note5 rocks a large 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Under the hood, the device gets a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 CPU mated to 4GB of RAM. Storage on the phablet is not expandable but the Note5 is available in two storage variants – a 32GB edition and a 64GB one. The Note5 is equipped with a 16MP optically stabilised primary camera which is assisted by an LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front shooter. Running the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, the smartphone comes with the brand’s TouchWiz UI on top. Connectivity wise, the Note5 supports 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, GPS and GLONASS. The device is backed by a 3,000mAh battery. The 32GB variant of the Note5 is priced at Rs 53,900, while the 64GB model costs Rs 59,900. The device can be bought in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum or Silver Titanium colours.
The first smartphone from ASUS to be powered by a MediaTek CPU, the ZenFone Go was launched last month in India. The device makes use of a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor and 2GB of RAM. There’s an integrated Mali-450 MP2 GPU as well. The device gets 8GB of inbuilt storage which can be increased further up to 64GB with the help of a microSD card. The ASUS ZenFone Go rocks a 5-inch HD display. Camera wise, the budget smartphone from ASUS comes with an 8-megapixel autofocus rear shooter, aided by an LED flash. There’s a front snapper rated at 2 megapixels for selfies and video calling. The smartphone runs Android Lollipop v5.1 with ASUS’s ZenUI on top. Standard connectivity options accompany the smartphone with features like dual-SIM support, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and A-GPS. Backing the ZenFone Go is a 2,070mAh battery. The phone is priced at Rs 7,999 and you can choose from black, white and red hues.
The last month wasn’t about smartphones only as Microsoft launched a feature phone, dubbed Nokia 105 Dual SIM, which is priced at Rs 1,419. Another interesting launch last month was the Karbonn Titanium S200, which is a budget smartphone priced at Rs 4,999 that comes with support for 21 Indian languages.