During the Christmas holiday season, few manufacturers came up with special editions of their flagship devices and some Chinese brands have launched some high-end devices. As seen with the best smartphones of December in the entry-level and mid-range segments, below are the few devices that are unveiled in the previous month and comes with a price tag of Rs. 25,000 and more. For this list, we have added the YU Yutopia that is priced at Rs. 24,999 but includes flagship specs that make the device stand beside other high-end devices.
Nexus 6P Special Edition – Rs. 43,999
After launching the Gold colored Special Edition Nexus 6P in Japan, Google and Huawei had announced this all new Gold colored device in India. It comes with only 64GB internal storage while the other earlier launched devices came in both 32GB and 64GB storage variants. It is priced at Rs. 43,999 while the original Nexus 6P with 64GB storage costs Rs. 42,999. The device is exclusively sold through Flipkart as seen with the earlier launched Nexus 6P in Aluminum, Graphite, and Frost colors.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Winter Edition – Rs. 56,300 (approx)
As of now the Winter Edition Galaxy Note 5 is limited to the Korean market, and we can expect the device to launch in other markets in the coming days. The device comes with 128GB of internal storage and is priced at 999,900 won (approx $850 / Rs. 56,300). It will be available in Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium color options. While everyone expected the Samsung to launch the S6 Edge+ and Note 5 in 128GB variants, the company had disappointed many of us by launching the devices only in 32GB and 64GB storage variants.
ZTE Axon Max – Rs. 28,500
ZTE had launched few high-end smartphones under the Axon brand and last month the company had officially unveiled the 6-inch ZTE Axon Max. It comes with all metal body, and a features almost a bezel 6-inch display with 1080p resolution. Under the hood is the latest Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
It has a 16MP rear camera with PDAF for faster focusing and surprisingly on the front; it has a 13MP front camera that can capture some excellent selfies. It is backed by a 4,140mAh battery and support Quick Charge 2.0 that charges the battery from 0% to 60% in just 30 minutes. The dual SIM device supports 4G LTE and includes a finger sensor placed on the rear. It is priced at 2,799 Yuan (approx $430 / Rs. 28,500) and is available only in Gold color.
Gionee Marathon M5 Plus – Rs. 25,400 (approx)
Gionee Marathon M5 with 6,020mAh battery had seen some huge popularity and just after few weeks of launching the device in India, the company had unveiled it’s successor Marathon M5 Plus in China. Even though the device is the successor for the M5, it comes with a smaller 5,020mAh battery. It sports a bigger 6-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and powerful MediaTek M T6753 octa-core processor.
It has a 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage with MicroSD card slot. The physical home button on the front comes integrated with the fingerprint sensor. The device supports dual SIM dual standby and offers 4G LTE option. It runs on Amigo 3.1 UI based on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. The device is priced at 2,499 Yuan (Approx $384 / Rs. 25,400) and is available in White, Blue, and Gold color options.
Huawei Mate 8 – Rs. 30,500
The most powerful phablet from the company, Huawei Mate 8 is finally available for sale in China starting from December. It was first unveiled in November in China while the international launch is expected at the upcoming CES 2016. The pricing of the Mate 8 starts from 2,999Yuan (approx $460 / Rs. 30,500) and will be available two variants with 64GB and 128GB internal storages. From the design perspective, the recently unveiled Axon Max also looks same as Mate 8.
It comes with a 6-inch 1080p IPS display and is powered by the latest Kirin 950 octa-core processor coupled with Mali-T880 GPU and 4GB of RAM. On the camera part, it has a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and includes both PDAF and OIS that can record some great 4K videos. The 8MP camera with an IMX179 sensor on the front can capture more than decent selfies. It is backed by a 4,000mAh battery and runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with EMUI 4.0 overlaid.
After several rumors and leaks, Vivo had officially launched the Vivo X6 and X6 Plus smartphones in China. The Vivo X6 comes wth 5.2-inch display while the Vivo X6 Plus features a larger 5.7-inch display both are of Full HD resolution with Super AMOLED displays. The X6 and X6 Plus are powered by MediaTek MT6752 octa-core SoC along with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
The Vivo X6 comes with 32GB of internal storage while the X6 Plus comes with 64GB of storage. It has a fingerprint sensor that can unlock in just 0.2 seconds and packs a 3,000mAh battery and a 4,000mAh battery on the X6 and X6 Plus respectively. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with FunTouch OS 2.5 and supports side by side multitasking of apps. They X6 and X6 Plus are priced at 2498 Yuan (approx $383 / Rs. 25,400) and 2998 Yuan (approx $460 / Rs. 30,500) respectively and are available in Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold colors.
YU Yutopia – Rs. 24,999
The last but not the least of the list is the most powerful smartphone on the planet, YU Yutopia. Though the device is priced at Rs. 24,999, it packs some high-end specifications, at least on paper. After several delays, the Yutopia is officially launched on December 17th in India. The device features a 5.2-inch Quad HD IPS display and is powered by the Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. It has 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
It has a 21MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera and a 3,000mAh non-removable battery with Quick Charge 2.0 support. The metal built device comes with dual SIM dual standby support. Connectivity options on this device include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and MicroUSB 2.0 port. It runs on Cyanogen 12.1 OS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and will be upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow via Cyanogen 13 OS.