Irrespective of the price range, Smartphone manufacturers are trying hard to focus on design and build of handsets to gain a significant leverage in spec-saturated Indian smartphone market. Smartphones are very much a style statement, since youngsters and adults carry them around 24 x 7. Smartphone has to go with your fashion statement at all occasions and social gatherings, and if you are looking for smartphones that will turn heads, here are a few recommendations.
The new OnePlus X is a premium looking alternate to yesteryear flagship OnePlus One, which you can buy for an affordable price of 16,999 INR. The side frame is made of metal with fine grooves and there is glass on both front and back. It boasts of a 5 inch full HD display and is powered by 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC along with 3GB of RAM.
This dual SIM smartphone has a 16GB of inbuilt memory which is extendable by up to 128GB via microSD card. OnePlus X sports a 13 MP rear shooter, an 8 MP front camera and has a 2525mAh non removable battery. It runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS for now, but marshmallow based Oxygen OS update is on its way.
Huawei Honor 7 includes a gorgeous metal body with a fingerprint sensor also included this time. On the front side dominates a sharp 5.2 Inch IPS LCD display with full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass protection.
The handset is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 935 octa core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz and assisted by 3GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. The 20MP rear camera has a large 20MP sensor with PDAF, dual LED flash, paired with an 8MP front camera sensor with wide angle, wide aperture lens and a front LED flash. Other features include, 4G LTE, 3100 mAh battery and Andorid Lollipop based Emotion UI (upgradeable to Android Marshmallow). Honor 7 is exclusively available on Flipkart for 22,999 INR.
Yu Yutopia is the most ambitious offering by any domestic player yet and it tries to check all design boxes. The handset includes a slim 7.2 mm metallic body and symmetrical design.
The handset includes a 5.2 Inch QHD display with Corning Concore Glass protection and is powered by 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core 64-bit processor with Adreno 430 GPU, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 32GB internal storage and MicroSD card support. Other features include 21MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4G LTE, Fingerprint sensor, and 3000 mAh battery with fast charging support.
HTC One A9
HTC reinvented itself with HTC One A9 this year, and according to last quarterly report, new design choices are ringing cash registers for HTC. The handset includes iPhone like metallic unibody design with a punchy 5 Inch Full HD display and a fingerprint sensor right below it.
HTC One A9 is reasonably priced at 29,999 INR. The handset includes Octa-Core Snapdragon 617 chipset with 3GB RAM, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 16GB expandable storage, 4G LTE, 13MP rear camera, Ultrapixel front camera, NFC and 2150 mAh battery.
Oppo R7 Lite
Oppo R7 Lite belongs to the league of ultra-slim smartphones (6.3mm thick, 143 Grams) and use of premium good quality materials by Oppo has earned it a spot in the list. The handset is available in India for around 18,000 INR.
Oppo R7 Lite includes a 5 Inch HD display with 2.5D glass on top. The handset includes 1.5 GHz quad core Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, Android Lollipop based Color OS and 2320 mAh battery.