As always Diwali is at the top of the agenda for all smartphone makers selling in India. All of them have announce their flagship smartphones just before Diwali to gain the most during the festive sale season, which is also in sync with the holiday season in the rest of the globe. Apart from popular brands like Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry, even Vertu launched its luxury smartphone, the Aster, last week.
Though the mid-range segment is a key driver of the Indian smartphone market, the demand for premium handsets is pretty evident.
If you are looking forward to buy a premium smartphone this Diwali, here are five premium flagship smartphones (launched recently) you may consider
Note: The list has been compiled alphabetically.
Price: Starts at Rs 53,500
Apple fanbois were spotted in large numbers in many cities across India around midnight of October 17, when Apple launched its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India. The new iPhone 6 has an A8 processor that is much faster than the ones on its predecessors and has been touted as one of most innovative iPhones.
The Apple iPhone 6 16GB is priced Rs 53,500, the 64GB at Rs 62,500 and 128GB at Rs 71,500. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16 GB is priced Rs 62,500, 64GB at Rs 71,500 and 128GB at Rs 80,500. Both the devices are available in Silver, Gold and Space Grey colour options.
4.7-inch LED backlit IPS screen (1334x750p, 326pp1) | A8 chip with 68-bit + M8 motion coprocessor with 1GB RAM | 16/64/128 GB internal storage | 8MP rear, 1.2MP front camera | iOS 8
Price: Rs 49,990
The BlackBerry Passport, which has been launched in India for Rs 49,990 just days after it was revealed to the world, is the most unique phone in recent times. It has a large, square touchscreen, as a well as a very BlackBerry-like full QWERTY keypad.
However, the innovation is not in the shape or form factor, but in making the keypad more functional that in any other device. While you can type like in any BlackBerry phone, the keypad here is also touch sensitive and can be used to move the cursor around or flick suggested words like with all-touch BB 10 smartphones.
Specs: 4.5-inch IPS display (1440 x 1440 pixels, 453 ppi) | 2.26 GHz Krait 400 quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor | 3GB RAM | 32 GB storage + microSD slot up to 128 GB | 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 1080p Full HD video | 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 | 3450mAh battery | BlackBerry OS 10.3
Price: Rs 38,649
The Lumia 930, launched globally in April, stands apart for its 20MP PureView camera with ZEISS optics and advanced Rich Recording. It has a 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The thin phone also has a stylish design that sets it apart from the rest of the Lumia range.
Specs: 5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3| 32 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM | 20 MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash | 1.2 MP, 720p | Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS
Price: Rs 58,300
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is coming to India a month after its global launch at the IFA 2014 in Berlin. Samsung is banking on the Quad HD screen, multi-window option and the new S Pen features to differentiate the Note 4 from rivals as well as the older Note 3 phone. In fact, the availability of full function stylus, the S Pen, is USP of the phone. There are no other phones that let you use a stylus with the ease of the Note 4. It now comes with better pressure sensitivity giving an experience as close to actual pen and paper as possible.
Specs: 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x1440 pixels) display at 515 ppi pixel density with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection | Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS | 1.9GHz octa-core (1.9GHz quad core + 1.3GHz quad core) processor | 3GB RAM | 32GB internal memory expandable up to 64GB | Rear camera: 16M+ Smart OIS/ Fast AF, Live HDR(Rich Tone) | Front camera: 3.7MP + F1.9/ Selfie (90º), Wide selfie mode (120º) | 3220 mAh battery (Fast charging) | S Pen
Price: Rs 49,990
Sony launched its flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone along with a compact version of it called Z3 Compact last month. Both the smartphones run on Android 4.4 KitKat OS sugarcoated with Sony’s custom UI. Sony is eying PS 4 gaming enthusiasts with its smartphones which comes with PS4 Remote Play functionality and PlayStation certification. Both Xeperia Z3 and Z3 comes with a 20.7 MP rear camera with auto focus and 2.2 MP front-facing camera. The Xperia Z3 Compact is priced at Rs 44,990.
The flagship Xperia Z3 features a 5.2-inch full-HD with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and houses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU. Other display features include TRILUMINOS display for mobile and X-Reality for mobile picture engine.
The flagship smartphone comes with 3GB RAM along with 16GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB via microSD SDXC cards.