The festive season is on, and so are some of the best deals on smartphones this year. The smartphone market has seen the launch of a few flagship devices like the Apple iPhone 7 and Google Pixel, and has also seen the demise of another – Samsung Galaxy Note 7. We went through the top three e-retailer websites in India (Amazon, Snapdeal and Flipkart) to find you the best deals on flagship phones – new and old, and the best offers you can get at the moment. We will be focusing on phones from the three big tech giants – Apple, Samsung and Google. Of course with the Note 7 out of the way, S7 and S7 edge are the flagships from Samsung.
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, 6 deals
Apple last month launched its much awaited iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the devices landed on our shore on October 7. Of course, Apple has priced the devices at a level that is higher than most other phones; even though it has launched them at a slightly lower price than last year if you consider the storage space has doubled.
However, the good news is that the older devices from the company have seen a price cut after the arrival of the iPhone 7. The iPhone 5S is still retailing near Rs 20,000, but remember this is a three year old device before you decide to hit buy.
But if you prefer the small form factor of the 5S – the iPhone SE might be right up your alley. The best deal on the 16GB variant of the SE is Rs 31,980 on Amazon, which is also giving the best deal on the 64GB variant at Rs 39,212.
In you don’t look too closely, the Apple iPhone 7 looks similar to the previous two generations from the company. The 2014 launched iPhone 6 (16GB) is retailing at Rs 36,990 on both Amazon and Flipkart, but the iPhone 6s (16GB) is now priced at Rs 38,999 on Amazon and makes a much better deal.
Now it gets a little interesting, there is a Rs 8,000 difference between the 64GB version of both phones. The best deal on iPhone 6 (64GB) is Rs 41,999 on Amazon, whereas the best deal for the iPhone 6s (64GB) is Rs 49,999 on Snapdeal and Flipkart. In all honesty, 16GB of non-expandable storage on an iPhone is not a good idea and it is recommended that go for the 64GB version with these devices.
If however, you are in the market for the larger 5.5-inch version of the phone, then the iPhone 6 Plus (16GB) will be the cheapest deal for you at Rs 40,145 on Amazon. The best price of iPhone 6 Plus (64GB) is Rs 48,989 on Amazon, while the best price of the iPhone 6s Plus (64GB) is Rs 59,999 on Flipkart. It is important to know that even though the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus look like the 6s, they are two year old devices. If your budget allows, try to go for the 6s or the 6s Plus.
If buying older tech is not your style, the iPhone 7 might be a good fit for you. The base variant of the iPhone 7 (32GB) is listed at Rs 60,000 on Amazon and Flipkart. The phone currently shows “Coming Soon” on Flipkart even though its available on Amazon, but remember that Flipkart is the official e-retailer for Apple in India. Apple iPhone 7 Plus is currently unavailable across all the three e-retailers, but is listed at Rs 72,000 (32GB) on Flipkart and is tagged as “Coming Soon”. You might have to try your luck online to get this phone.
Best offers on Samsung
If you are an Android fan and even more so a Samsung fan, you are likely upset with the Galaxy Note 7 being axed for good. However, the Galaxy S7 and S6 are still great offerings from the company unless you want to wait for the Galaxy S8 that is expected to launch in February.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were launched earlier this year and are still the best Android flagships. The Galaxy S7 (32GB) is available at Rs 43,400 across all the three e-retailers, so you can choose any of them as per your liking. The best deal on the Galaxy S7 Edge (32GB) is Rs 50,100, available on Amazon, although Snapdeal and Flipkart have it listed at Rs 50,900 which is a slight hike.
Just like Apple’s iPhone 6, Samsung’s S6 and S6 Edge are still good devices to invest in as they will perform well. The best offer on the Galaxy S6 (32GB) is Rs 33,700 which is available on Snapdeal, although Amazon has it at Rs 33,900.
But if you are looking for the larger S6 edge, then your best bet for the 32GB is Snapdeal where it is priced at Rs 33,775, although Flipkart also has the phone at Rs 34,900. The best deal on the 64GB variant will be Rs 40,499 on Amazon, although Snapdeal also has it available for Rs 40,900. On Flipkart, the pricing is higher at Rs 50,000.
Google Pixel devices
If you are tired of jumping between Apple and Samsung, Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL might be something you were waiting for. Google has done away with the ‘Nexus’ name and the new devices are priced just as steeply as Apple and Samsung’s flagships. The phones launch in India October 13, but are already up for pre-order on Flipkart.
Google Pixel 32GB is priced at Rs 57,000, while the 128GB variant is priced at Rs 66,000. Google Pixel XL (32GB) will be available at Rs 67,000 and the 128GB version will be priced at Rs 76,000. Flipkart is offering Rs 27,000 on exchange.