In the first month of this new year, we have seen a few high-end smartphone launches in the Indian market. Though these are recently brought to India, all these smartphones are already available in other markets like the U.S and China. While a couple of these devices are already on sale, few devices will go on sale in the month of February. All the devices mentioned below support 4G VoLTE and can be used with Jio 4G SIM.
- Vivo V5 Plus – Rs. 27,980
As announced earlier, Vivo launched its latest high-end smartphone V5 Plus in India. The device is priced at Rs. 27,980 and is available across India via online stores. It is the same device that was launched in China as Vivo X9. The device sports a 5.5-inch display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz is the only let down; this is the same processor that was also used in the Redmi Note 4 priced at Rs. 9,999. The Vivo V5 Plus also packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded. On the rear of the device is a 16MP rear camera with LED flash. The USP of this premium device is its 20MP + 8MP dual front cameras with f/2.0 aperture and 5P lens. There is a 3,160mAh non-removable battery, and the physical home button on the front comes embedded with a fingerprint sensor.
- Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – Rs. 29,990
Lenovo is one smartphone manufacturer that has been launching quite a few smartphones. Apart from the Moto & ZUK smartphones, the company recently launched the affordable K-series smartphones. A couple of weeks, the latest Tango phone, Phab Pro 2 Pro was silently listed on Flipkart with a price tag of Rs. 29,990. The features a bunch of sensors that makes the Phab 2 Pro perfect for testing Augmented Reality (AR). It comes with a huge 6.4-inch Quad HD IPS display and is powered by the Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor. It also includes 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 4,050mAh battery. On the rear, we can find a 16MP RGB camera, depth-sensing infrared camera, and also a motion tracking camera. For selfies, there is an 8MP front camera. It also has the Dolby Audio 5.1 Capture technology for recording 3D sound and Dolby Atmos technology for audio output.
- Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro – Rs. 36,900
A few months after launching the Galaxy C9 Pro in China, Samsung launched its first 6GB RAM smartphone in the Indian market for Rs. 36,900. The device was currently available to pre-order and will be on sale starting from February 17th. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based TouchWiz UI, and there is information about the Nougat update for this device. Under the hood is the newly announced Snapdragon 653 octa-core processor along with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. On the front of the device is a 6-inch AMOLED display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. In the camera department, there is a 16MP camera on front and back of the device, where only the rear camera is accompanied with dual tone LED flash. The 4,000mAh battery keeps the device powered on and it also adaptive fast charging. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, 3.5mm Audio port, and a USB Type-C port.
- Nubia Z11 – Rs. 29,999
Nubia launched few decent smartphones like Nubia Z11 Mini and Nubia N1 in India with very aggressive pricing. The Nubia Z11 is one more smartphone from the company brought to India exclusively through Amazon India. It is priced at Rs. 29,999 and packs top-notch specifications. It comes in the Black Gold color which looks beautiful with matte finish metal body with gold colored antenna bands and frame. Talking bout the specifications, there is a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. There is a 16MP rear camera with OIS and an 8MP selfie camera with wide angle lens. The 3,000mAh battery on this device is mentioned to give 8 hours of talk time. With the Frame Interactive Technology (FiT), the user can access the device with the gestures on the frame. The Nubia Z11 runs on Nubia UI 4.o based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Black Pearl – Rs. 56,900
After the Galaxy Note 7 failure, Samsung offered new Blue, and Pink colored variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones. But the recently launched Black Pearl color looks much better than the earlier launched Black Onyx color with its glossy finish. The Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge also comes with 128GB of internal storage, and it costs Rs. 56,900. While the device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, recently the company also released the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The device features a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. As it sports a glass body, the device comes with a Gorilla Glass 4 protection on front and back of the device. The 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and dual pixel technology makes it one of the best device for smartphone photography. Even the 5MP front camera with the same f/1.7 aperture and screen flash feature to capture better selfies in the low light conditions.