Three all-rounder smartphones which don't create a hole in the pocket.
Almost every day there is a new smartphone launched in the country and the most common question our readers, friends and colleagues ask us, which smartphone should be my next buy? When we ask what exactly they want in their next device, they say great price, decent battery, good camera and trouble free performance. So, in short, they are asking for an all-rounder smartphone which doesn't create a hole in their pocket. Here we present to you top three smartphones which are priced less than Rs 30,000 and offer value for money proposition.
Honor 8 (Rs 29,999)
Huawei had launched Honor 8 in India last month. It is based on Android 6.0 and has the latest EMUI user interface. It is powered by Kirin 950, a processor that is an in-house production of Huawei. The chipset has Mali-T880 GPU. The phone packs in 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You can add up to 128 GB more through a micro SD card if you need it. The device gives a lag free performance and response to touch is quite smooth. Even playing graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8 is smooth as butter.
The look and feel of the EMUI user interface have some resemblance with iOS UI. It doesn't have an app drawer, nor is not laced with bloatware and is quite fluid. One can fine tune display colours, change themes, customise notification panel and assign different actions to fingerprint sensor.The EMUI is very well optimised for Honor 8.
The Honor 8 has a dual 12-megapixel camera unit in the rear that features a large 1.25 um pixels and f/2.2 aperture. One is capable of only taking snaps in black & white while the other adds colour. The final image is thus the combination of the output of both the cameras. Due to the innovative technology, the rear cameras offer in-depth detailing and are able to take snaps in low light as well.
If you want to buy a smartphone which can be flaunted and delivers consistent performance on the camera front, go for Honor 8. It offers a smooth performance and at Rs 29,999, it is not that costly for a high-end device. Yes, lack of VoLTE may disappoint a few but considering its other highlights, the phone should be worth considering.
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One Plus 3 (Rs 27,999)
OnePlus 3 runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, with a powerhouse Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with a huge 6GB of RAM. The best part of this humongous RAM is even if you open 20 apps and shuffle the continuously you'll probably never see the slightest bit of lag on the OnePlus 3. This phone is a multitasker in the true sense.
OnePlus 3 comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and OIS. The camera , in general, will not disappoint you, especially in natural lighting. In low light, shots will be good, with almost negligible digital noise. There is a 3000 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery in the device which has state-of-the-art Dash Charge technology that replenishes over 60 per cent of the battery within 30 minutes and on a full charge it can give on and half days backup on heavy usage.
The Oxygen OS which is based on Android 6.0 on the OnePlus 3 doesn't mess around too much with the stock experience of Android Marshmallow 6.0. As a result, you get to use a flagship Android smartphone in true sense.
The OnePlus 3 is most certainly the flagship smartphone you should consider seriously. It offers value for money as well as a premium overall experience .
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Asus Zenfone 3 (Rs 21,999)
The Asus Zenfone 3 is available in a couple of permutation and combinations, the version we are considering has 3GB of RAM and 2 GHz Snapdragon 625 64 bit octa-core processor. Few of its rivals have much better Snapdragon 820 processor. However, that does not mean it is slow or stutters. It has plenty of muscles to run high-end games and do multitask.
In terms of interface, the Android Marshmallow based ZenUI 3.0 is stuffed with features - the more you dig, the more jewels you find. But those who want a simple smartphone experience, this could be very irritating.
With IPS full HD 5.2 inch display, the phone also offers plenty of space to fully enjoy games. The screen has decent brightness and touch response. The Asus Zenfone 3 has a 3000 mAh non-removable battery which comfortably gives over days backup on average use and on intensive users, it may give 7-8 hours of back up.
With 16 megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, the Zenfone 3 promises a lot. And it does deliver on those promises as well. It was equally good in low and bright lights. Verdict
The Zenfone 3 (3GB RAM) model is an all-rounder for sure and it doesn't have many loopholes to the complaint. Asus should also be congratulated for moving away from its older curvy and plastic design. But those who are not confident of handling a glass device or do not like complex interfaces should stay away from this.
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