The 2017 flagship smartphones from most of the major manufacturer are launched here in India. Now, we even have a smartphone equipped with 8GB of RAM which even most of the laptops are missing. However, a couple of newly launched devices are yet to be made available in the Indian market and we expect them to see in the coming weeks. Scroll down to get the glimpse of the newly launched premium smartphones in India.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Price in India – Rs. 67,900)
At the Unpacked event held before the IFA 2017, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 as the successor to Galaxy Note 7. It is the first smartphone in the Galaxy Note series to feature an Infinity display. The smartphone sports a large 6.3-inch display with Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440 pixels) resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Unlike the U.S variant, the Indian variant of the Galaxy Note 8 comes powered by the in-house Exynos 8895 octa-core processor coupled with Mali G71 MP20 GPU and 6GB of RAM. In the camera department, there is a 12MP dual camera setup on the rear with dual OIS and dual pixel technology. It can offer up to 2X optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom.
For selfies, there is an 8MP autofocus camera on the front with f/1.7 aperture and wide-angle lens. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is smaller than the 3,500mAh provided with the Galaxy Note 7. The device supports fast charging with both the wired and wireless chargers. Both the handset and the S Pen are IP68 certified making them water and dust resistant. It can also be unlocked via the IRIS scanner placed on the front of the device. Talking about the pricing, the Galaxy Note 8 costs Rs. 67,900 in India and will be available through offline retail stores, Samsung e-store, and Amazon India.
Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus (Price in India – from Rs. 64,000)
The latest iPhones 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now officially on sale in India. Both these devices are the successors to last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike the new iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus still looks same as their predecessors. Instead of the unibody metal design, the new iPhones sports glass on front and back. They also support fast charging and wireless charging. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus comes with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch New Retina HD displays respectively. These new displays also come with Apple’s True Tone technology that was earlier seen on Apple iPads. Under the hood, they come powered by the A11 Bionic hexa-core chipset coupled with the first Apple-made GPU.
The iPhone 8 packs a single 12MP rear camera with OIS and quad LED flash. On the other hand, the iPhone 8 Plus packs dual 12MP rear cameras with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, and quad LED. On the front is a FaceTime HD camera featuring 7MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture, Retina flash, and auto image stabilization. Both these iPhones run on the latest iOS 11 and are also water and dust resistant, thanks to the IP67 certification. The iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus comes with 64GB and 256GB storage options and the pricing starts at Rs. 64,000 and Rs. 73,000 respectively.
Sony Xperia XZ1 (Price in India – Rs. 44,990)
The Sony Xperia XZ1 is the world’s first smartphone to run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. After unveiling at the IFA 2017 in Berlin, Sony launched it in India in the last week of September. It costs Rs. 44,990 and comes in Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, and Warm Silver color options. On the spec sheet, the device is on par with other flagship devices, but the company is still continuing with the boring Omnibalance design featuring large bezels on the top and bottom. It sports a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) HDR Triluminos Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the top. It includes Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 540 GPU.
The device supports dual SIM dual standby using the hybrid SIM slot. On the rear of the Xperia XZ1 is the 19MP Motion Eye camera withf/2.0 aperture and 5-axis image stabilization. It can record slo-mo videos in 960 fps. The smartphone also sports a 13MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 lens. It is kept powered on by a relatively smaller 2,700mAh battery but comes with Quick Charge 3.0 support for fast charging. The fingerprint sensor is embedded into the power button on the right edge. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C.
Nokia 8 (Price in India – Rs. 36,999)
Nokia has finally launched its flagship smartphone Nokia 8 here in India for Rs. 36,999. It will be available through major retail outlets along with Amazon India. Earlier to this, HMD Global launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 smartphones with Android OS. The Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display and unlike the other major flagship devices, it offers only 16:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it packs Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.45GHz and comes coupled with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. There is 64GB of internal storage that can be expandable up to 256GB via a MicroSD card.
On the rear of the device is the dual camera setup featuring 13MP RGB sensor and 13MP Monochrome sensor with Zeiss optics lens. It comes with PDAF, laser autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. There is a 13MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 78.4-degree wide-angle, and PDAF. Both the front and rear cameras are capable of recording in 4k resolution and can record video simultaneously with the Dual-Sight mode. The device backed by a 3,090mAh non-removable battery and comes with Quick Charge 3.0. It runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 out of the box and will soon receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
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