Smartphones these days have become mini-computers. Many of us do most of our work on this gadget. The smartphones’ growing processing power like 6GB RAM, 2TB storage (expandable though), hecta-core processors and more too are turning them into virtual powerhouses.
Wonder which among these are the very best smartphones available in India right now? Our list below ranks the top 5 smartphones available in the country across price categories.
1) SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 PLUS
Critic Rating:4.5/5User Rating:4.2/5
Simply put, the Galaxy S8 Plus is the Ferrari of Android phones. The number of features Samsung is giving in the S8 Plus is mind boggling. A beautiful design, stunning display and an excellent camera – all add to the allure of the S8 Plus. Throw in a fast processor with a solid battery, and you’ve got a winner on your hands.
The Samsung S8 is available in three colours in India -— Blue, Gold and Black.
Inside, it has 4GB RAM, 64GB memory (expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card) backed by Exynos 8895 chip that has an octa-core CPU (4 cores x 2.3 GHz plus 4 cores x 1.7 GHz) and Mali G71 graphics unit.
The smartphone features a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera.
2) ONEPLUS 5
Critic Rating:4/5User Rating: 4.4/5
OnePlus 5 is one of the best smartphones we have come across this year. It follows the same idea of delivering flagship-level specifications at a mid-range price like we saw with the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 3.
Starting Rs 32,999, the smarpthone brings an element of freshness both in terms of design and the user interface. While the UI brings in some nifty new features, the smartphone’s dual-rear camera proved to be an added benefit in an otherwise impressive package. Despite several similarities, the company has tried its best to eliminate a sense of monotony for the OnePlus 5’s design. All in all, the OnePlus 5 is a well-oiled machine that can run everything smoothly and handle most day-to-day tasks.
Some of its specifications include 5.5-inch full-HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, 16+20MP rear camera, 16MP front-facing camera and a 3300mAh battery.
3) HTC U 11
Critic Rating:4/5User Rating: 5/5
HTC’s current flagship U 11 is a worthy successor to the company’s 2016 flagship HTC 10. The smartphone comes with HTC’s much-touted TEdge Sense technology.
The company has incorporated sensors on both the sides, just below the power button, which users can use to access their favourite apps. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. The device is quite powerful in terms of its hardware specifications and will not disappoint you on the performance front.
The water and dust-resistant smartphone comes with a 12MP ‘UltraPixel 3’ sensor, with an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization. The rear camera is capable of recording 4K videos and delivers sharp and vibrant images with ample amount of detailing. The HTC U 11 is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery boasting Qualcomm Quick Charge technology. The smartphone takes one hour to charge completely from 0 to 100%.
4) MOTO Z2 PLAY
Critic Rating:4/5User Rating:4.5/5
The newest member of Motorola’s Moto Z line-up of modular smartphones, Moto Z2 Play is both powerful and stylish. Powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC and 3GB/4GB of RAM, the Z2 Play comes with 32GB/64GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256GB in size.
Sporting an ultra-thin all-metal construction, Motorola’s modular handset has a 5.5-inch Full-HD AMOLED display, secured with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone runs a near-stock build of Android 7.0 Nougat and includes all standard connectivity options, ranging from Wi-Fi to USB Type-C.
For photographic duties, the Z2 Play has a 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus, and two-tone dual-LED flash. A 5MP selfie snapper is also included in the mix. Moto Z2 Play is fully compatible with all previous gen Moto Mods, and supports new some new ones as well.
3) SONY XPERIA XZ PREMIUM
Critic Rating:4/5User Rating:4.4/5
The latest flagship smartphone from Sony — Xperia XZ Premium — is quite an all rounder. Sony XPERIA XZ Premium boasts of a beautiful design and comes with a ‘glass loop surface’.
The 5.5-inch 4K (2,160×3,840 pixels) HDR display of the device is its key highlight and Sony claims that it is same as the one found on the company’s BRAVIA TVs range. During our review, we found the images projected on Sony XPERIA XZ Premium sharp and clear. Little doubt then that watching videos and pictures on the smartphone is a treat to watch videos and 4K content on it.
Besides this, the smartphone also scores reasonably well on performance front. Powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM, Sony XPERIA XZ Premium can handle multi-tasking quite smoothly. Another aspect positive is that XPERIA XZ Premium smartphone will be getting Android security patches every month (as per Sony).