If you have made up you mind to look beyond Chinese names and spend beyond Rs 40,000, here are some phones that can light up the rest of your year:
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
The performance of the A9 chip, the new 3D Touch screen, along with its battery life, make it among the best smartphones in the market. The Apple iPhone 6s Plus tops our list of premium devices given its superb camera and battery life. Pictures look natural in the end and not over-saturated and over-processed. Also, the colour reproduction as well as eye for detail is second to none. The other cool feature is 4K video. Apple gets one thing right, keeping the phone cool while shooting in this extra high definition format.
Price: Rs 72,000 onwards
Apple iPhone 6s
If you don’t like phablets, the iPhone 6s with its 4.7-inch Retina Display is a good buy. Just like the iPhone 6s Plus, this one will rarely give you performance issues. The battery life and the improved camera of the iPhone 6s is what makes it stand out. However, the iPhone 6s does not have Optical Image Stabilisation in its rear camera, unlike its bigger cousin.
Price: Rs 62,000 onwards
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge +
If the Note 5 with its S-Pen does not appeal to you, then Samsung has another top-end phone that you can consider: the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. It follows the Galaxy S6 design style with a full glass and metal body. Samsung S6 edge+ comes with a Super AMOLED screen and the company has created stunning display with this one. The camera is also top notch although it does not perform too well in low light.
Price: Rs 49,999 onwards
Sony Xperia Z5 Dual
Sony Xperia Z5 is the latest from the Japanese giant and looks no different from the other phones in the Xperia family. It comes with Sony’s trademark water resistance features. The best feature about this phone is its camera.
Sony claims it has the fastest auto-focus in the world; click the photo of a flower in the wind and you get a sharp shot and not a blurry smudge of colour. The zoom is among the fastest in any smartphone.
Price: Rs 52,990 onwards
The Google Huawei Nexus 6P is the new premium smartphone and runs the latest Android M OS. Nexus 6P comes with a bigger screen at 5.7 inches with WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display at 518 ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
It sports an all-metal body and runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core 64-bit processor with 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM and its camera is outstanding. The 12.3 mp rear camera with IR Laser-Assisted autofocus and 1.55 µm pixels size is perfect for low-light photography and manages to capture some stunning details.
Price: Rs 39,999 onwards
HTC One ME
HTC never launched its original HTC One M9 in India, but the HTC One ME is actually the closest you can get to the device. The One ME has a matte finish rear panel that is good to hold and an extra large lens on it.
The QHD screen makes everything look good, especially the photos shot on this phone. The 20MP camera is really good and really fast. It can capture subtle shots and the quality of the selfie shots is quite impressive.
Price: Rs 39,950 onwards