Recently, the Indian market has been flooded with premium smartphones having 5 inch or more display, popularly known as phablets. Of late, majority of consumers are showing penchant for large screens and hence this trend of introducing phablets. This concept was made popular by Samsung when they first introduced Galaxy Note smartphone and to take the story forward, Samsung has now come out with the Galaxy Note 3, which is getting rave reviews and is selling in good numbers.
The Galaxy Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) screen, runs on Android 4.3 OS, and is driven by a 1.9 GHz octa-core processor. It has 3GB RAM, and comes with 32GB internal storage along with an additional microSD card slot. This device is equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera with Smart Stabilization and high CRI LED flash and 2 megapixel front camera. This phablet is packed with powerful and longer lasting 3,200mAh battery. Connectivity options on the Galaxy Note 3 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/ GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0 (LE), IR, and MHL 2.0.The key feature of Galaxy Note 3 is its advanced S Pen, which is designed to be fully functional as a communication driver between the phone and the user by creating essential input and control features. It is available at a price of Rs. 46,900.
The LG G2 sports a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display having 1080 x 1920 pixels with 423 ppi. The IPS display ensures superior graphics, accurate colors and clear images without any distortion. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS, the G2 is powered by a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 featuring quad Krait CPU, alongside 2GB RAM and 16GB/32GB internal storage. LG G2 is equipped with 13MP rear shooter with Optical Image Stabilize technology without a protruding lens, and 2.1MP front camera. Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology prevent blurring, allowing for clearer, brighter and sharper images even when in motion or shooting in dim environments.This smartphone is packed with powerful 3,000 mAh battery.
In this smartphone, all the buttons are placed on the rear of this device, making this the first smartphone to be completely devoid of side buttons. The unique Rear Key concept came from the realization that the larger the phone became, the more difficult it was to properly access the side keys. Moving the main buttons to the back of the phone gave users more control since this place was where individuals’ index fingers are naturally located.
The Sony Xperia Z1 sports 5-inch full-HD display powered by Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The Xperia Z1 is equipped with the 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor and pulsed LED flash. It also includes a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.The key feature of the Xperia ZI is its G Lens with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, with custom made large 1/2.3-type 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS CMOS image sensor. Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, this smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU processor. The device has 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. The device is packed with 3000mAh battery. It is waterproof and dust-proof smartphone, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Xperia Link and 3G. Price : Rs. 44,990.
The Blackberry Z30 comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution, at 295 ppi and is powered by a 1.7 GHz processor with quad-core graphics. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory with microSD card. This smartphone is packed with a 2880 mAh battery, the largest battery ever built into a BlackBerry smartphone. BlackBerry claims that this battery will last up to 25 hours of mixed use. The Z30 is equipped with 8MP rear auto-focus camera capable of doing 1080p HD video recording and 2MP front fixed-focus shooter, which can do 720p HD video recording. It runs on BB 10 version 10.2 and is priced Rs. 39,990.
We also list below three flagship devices, which have screen size of less than 5 inches and does not fall in phablet segment:
The Nokia Lumia 1020 sports a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280×768) display. It also includes a 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This smartphone is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory.The phone runs on Microsoft’s Windows phone 8. It also has a HD 1.2 megapixel wide angle front camera, and is packed with a 2000 mAh battery. Nokia is main thrust to push the Lumia 1020 is its 41 megapixes sensor, which is its main USP. Unlike any smartphone in the market today the Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. The Nokia Lumia 1020?s 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization, delivering crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. Price : Rs. 46,500
And today, two Apple iPhones are making debut in India – iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.
iPhone 5S has screen size of 4 inch with retina display. According to Apple, the iPhone 5s is the first smartphone in the world to be powered by a chip with a 64-bit architecture, instead of the 32-bit chip used in most smartphones. This chip will enable it to run applications and play games at speeds twice as fast as the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5s includes a separate chip, called the “M7 Motion co-processor”, which can track motion data continuously without heavily draining the battery. The most significant feature of the iPhone 5s is the Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor, which is integrated with the phone’s Home button, to unlock your phone and gives you added security. Price : Rs. 53,500 for 16 GB variant.
iPhone 5c is equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera, 4-inch screen, A6 processor, 1GB RAM and 1.2 megapixel front camera. This phone is largely made of plastic and doesn’t have the aluminum side and glass back found in the iPhone 5. Price : Rs. 41,900 for 16 GB variant.