The Hush Post: In 2017 alone, the country’s overall smartphone market registered 14 per cent annual growth, the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker says. The current growth numbers make India one of the fastest growing markets amongst the top 20 smartphone markets globally. For 2017 the number of mobile phone users in India was expected to rise to 730.7 million, in the same year the number of smartphone users in India was predicted to reach 340 million and could reach almost 468 million by 2021. A report says a slowdown was witnessed in the Indian market in late 2016, due to Modi’s demonetisation initiative and the scarcity of mobile phone components.
China-based companies have strengthened their positions in the smartphone category with the collective share of China-based vendors reaching 53 per cent in 2017 from 34 per cent a year ago. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi registered an incredible performance in 2017, and its market share grew double in Q3 2017. The company managed to grab the top spot from Samsung in the Q4 of 2017. Here is a look at the top five mobile phones in India:
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched its new smartphones in India — the Redmi Note 5 priced at Rs 9,999 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro at Rs 13,999.
The Redmi Note 4 has a 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and is now available at a discount of Rs 2,000. Priced at Rs 12,999, it is now available for Rs 10,999. In terms of specs, the Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5-inch full-HD display and is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Besides the internal 64GB, there is an additional 128GB microSD card support. Backed by a 4,100mAh battery, it has a 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and 5MP front camera.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is now available at Rs 15,999 in an ongoing special offer campaign. The other Xiaomi devices are Xiaomi Redmi 4 that comes at a starting price of Rs 6,999. Redmi Y1 Lite is available at a starting price of Rs 6,999 with a special rose gold colour and the Redmi Y1 at a starting price of Rs 8,999.
Xiaomi which has launched its products for 2018 has emerged as the leader of the Indian smartphone, pushing the South Korean tech giant Samsung to the second position. With its two latest launches, the Chinese smartphone maker would look to consolidate its number one position in the market.
Samsung landed on a great design with last year’s Galaxy S8, which remains a coveted smartphone to date. Get ready for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ just a few weeks away from launch on February 25. The S9 and S9+, powered by Qualcomm’s latest chipset, will be the fastest Galaxy phones ever made. A new wireless charger has been designed for the Galaxy S9. The phone can be placed vertically or horizontally on the charging pad. Galaxy S9 prices are expected to start at a record high of roughly Rs 56,500 and the Galaxy S9+ price is expected at Rs 58,900.
|Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 64GB||Rs 11,900|
|Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus||Rs 32,990|
|Samsung Galaxy J7 Max||Rs 15,999|
|Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime||Rs 13,900|
|Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime 4GB RAM||Rs 14,990|
|Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro||Rs 7,490|
|Samsung Galaxy J7||Rs 10,990|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||Rs 26,990|
|Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro||Rs 18,900|
|Samsung Galaxy On Max||Rs 13,900|
Vivo has announced that it is set to bring Android Oreo to its various smartphone models. The new Android version will debut on as many as seven Vivosmartphones that belong to the X series, including the Vivo X20, Vivo X20 Plus, Vivo X9s, Vivo X9sPlus, Vivo XPlay 6,VivoX9, and Vivo X9 Plus Importantly, the Android Oreo experience will come through a Funtouch OS upgrade that is scheduled for April this year.
Vivo is supposed to launch a beta version. Vivo will push Android Oreo via an OTA (over-the-air) update. You need to run the latest software version on your Vivo smartphone in order to get the newest Android flavour. To check the availability of a new software version, you need to go to Settings > About phone > System updates.
In the list of eligible models for the Android Oreo update, the Vivo X20, Vivo X20 Plus, Vivo X9s, and Vivo X9s are presently running Android 7.1 Nougat. Qualcomm has said the first smartphones featuring its X50 5G NR modem will hit the market in 2019, with Vivo promising such a handset next year.
|Vivo V7 Plus||Rs 19,382|
|Vivo V7||Rs 15,600|
|Vivo Y53||Rs 8,399|
|Vivo Y69||Rs 12,499|
|Vivo Y55s||Rs 10,599|
|Vivo V5s||Rs 14,700|
|Vivo V5||Rs 13,475|
|Vivo V5 Plus||Rs 15,599|
|Vivo Y66||Rs 11,575|
|Vivo Y21||Rs 7,249|
Lenovo has quite a following in Asia particularly. One of Lenovo’s key advantages is that the best Lenovo phones are generally cheaper than those with similar specifications from companies like Samsung, Sony and HTC.
Lenovo’s K8 Note is the company’s first smartphone with a dual-camera setup. The handset sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by MediaTek’s Helio X23 chipset. It comes in two variants: one with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and the other with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Other specs and features include a massive 4,000 mAh battery, a 13 MP selfie snapper with flash, and a water-repellent coating for protection against accidental spills and splashes.Price: Rs 11,499
The Lenovo K8 Plus sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display, big battery at 4,000 mAh which is good for two days of use or up to 20 hours of video playback, according to Lenovo. It has a dual-camera setup on the back featuring 13 and 5 MP sensors, which lets you add the bokeh effect to images, there’s an 8 MP front-facing camera on board with LED flash and a beauty mode to help you capture some great-looking selfies. The K8 Plus was launched in India in September at Rs 10,999. Present price: Rs 9,999
The Lenovo Phab 2 is a mid-range smartphone that falls into the phablet category. It sports a large 6.4-inch HD display that’s great for browsing the web and watching videos. Unlike other large phones like the Galaxy Note 8, it doesn’t have a so-called bezel-less design, which means using it with one hand is next to impossible. Additionally, Lenovo’s Phab 2 features Dolby’s Atmos technology that takes the audio experience to the next level. Price: Rs 9,999
The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is an upgraded version of the Phab 2. It offers the same 6.4-inch screen size but bumps up the resolution from 720p to 1080p. It also has the faster MediaTek MT8783 chipset under the hood, a dual-camera setup on the back, with two 13 MP sensors, a fingerprint scanner, and a higher resolution selfie snapper — 8 MP. The rest of the specs are identical to those of the Phab 2 Plus. Price: Rs 14, 999
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is the best smartphone from Lenovo’s Phab 2 series. Iit’s the first smartphone to include Tango, a technology developed by Google that enables augmented reality (ARe ) gaming and utilities. That’s why it’s equipped with a fisheye camera, an RGB camera (16 MP), and an IR emitter on the back. It has 64 GB of expandable storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and an 8 MP selfie snapper. Like the other two Phab smartphones, it packs a 4,050 mah battery and features Dolby’s Atmos technology. The handset comes in two colors: gunmetal gray and champagne gold. Price: Rs 25,900
The K6 Note is smaller when compared to the Phab 2 smartphones, but is still big enough to allow you to comfortably watch videos and browse the web. Its 5.5-inch Full HD display keeps it comfortably ranked among the best Lenovo phones. It’s a mid-ranger that packs the Snapdragon 430 chipset under the hood, along with 3 or 4 GB of RAM. The handset is equipped with a 16 MP primary camera and an 8 MP selfie snapper. It packs a massive 4,000 mAh battery and has a metal back with plastic caps on the top and bottom. It comes with Dolby’s Atmos technology on board, has 32 GB of expandable storage, and sports a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The device runs Android Marshmallow with the company’s custom UI on top. Price: Rs 8,349
The Lenovo C2 is one of the best budget Lenovo smartphones you can get your hands on. It comes with a 5-inch HD display, MediaTek’s MT6735P chipset, and 1 GB of RAM. The device is equipped with an 8 MP primary camera, a 2,750 mAh battery, and ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board. It’s a basic smartphone that lets you check emails, browse the web, and share your thoughts on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. However, it isn’t the best for multitasking or gaming, which is understandable, given its price point. Price: Rs 6,999
The Oppo R11 and R11 Plus (Rs 29, 990 and Rs 35, 990 respectively) smartphones that were introduced in June last year are the first smartphones to be driven by Snapdragon 660. Since two new Oppo phones rumored as Oppo R13 and R13 Plus have received 3C certification in China, it is speculated that the Oppo R13 duo could be the first Snapdragon 670 chipset driven smartphone. Apart from support for 20W fast charging, nothing else has been disclosed about these Oppo phones through their 3C listing.
VOOC is a fast charging technology by Oppo that offers 20W fast charging. Only the R-series of smartphones from Oppo are available with 20W VOOC charging feature. Plenty of information of the unannounced Snapdragon 670 chipset have already surfaced.
Previous leaks have revealed that the Oppo R13 and Oppo R13 phones will be sporting a notch design like the iPhoneX. The R13 and R13 Plus are expected to come with advanced facial recognition feature.
|Oppo F5||Rs 16,940|
|Oppo F5 6GB RAM||Rs 24,990|
|Oppo A37f||Rs 8,000|
|Oppo F1s 64GB||Rs 13,090|
|Oppo A83||Rs 13,499|
|Oppo A71||Rs 9,739|
|Oppo F3||Rs 15,049|
|Oppo A37||Rs 8,449|
|Oppo A57||Rs 12,930|
|Oppo F3 Plus||Rs 18,990|