Google’s Android is today the most liked mobile operating system in the world. With the premium mobile segment growing hotter by the day this time we have focused on the premium and ultra-premium Android devices available in India.
So here we have this month’s installment of the top 5 Android smartphones that money can buy. Read on:
HTC Sensation XL (Price Rs 37,500)
HTC Sensation XL is the latest inclusion to HTC’s Sensation family after the Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE. It has a 4.7 inch display.
The Sensation XL is HTC’s first ever phone to feature a 1.5 GHz processor supplied by Qualcomm and a whole new interface with the latest HTC Sense 3.5 UI. Coupled with the latest Android operating system this device works flawlessly and offers users unparalleled performance.
It features a slim body that is less than 9.9 mm thick. Sensation XL houses a single core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion MSM8255T mobile processor coupled with an Adreno 205 graphics card.
The device also has an 8 megapixel camera at the rear with auto-focus, LED flash, and the ability to record 720p HD video. At the front lies a 1.3 megapixel camera for video calls and chatting.
Sensation XL features Beats Audio technology that incorporates pre-configured audio profiles loaded on phones, which become active as soon as the earphones are plugged into the 3.5 mm audio port. Also, HTC bundles a pair of headphones built using Beats audio technology for great music.
HTC One X (Price Rs 36,100)
HTC One series of smartphones are the first devices from HTC that come preinstalled with Android’s latest build, Ice Cream Sandwich. Along with this the HTC One series phones are designed with camera and music in mind and offer better experience in these two areas.
HTC One X offers a polycarbonate unibody that is claimed to have the ruggedness of metal but is super lightweight. Along with being light weight the body has a slim and sleek look and feel too.
One X comes with a 1.5 GHz Super 4-PLUS-1 (quad core) Nvidia Tegra 3 mobile processor with an integrated fifth battery saver core and a high performance 12 core Nvidia GPU. It also comes with a large 4.7 inch HD capable display with a resolution of 720p and has contoured Corning Gorilla Glass that protects the display from scratches.
The company had very recently announced an update for the One series device that fixes the screen glitch issue that a number of early One X buyers faced.
Airtel subscribers (new and old) purchasing the new devices till June 30 will get to download 100 full songs free, and will get to use 500 MB data for three months and 200 minutes of mobile TV.
Samsung Galaxy Note (Price Rs 32,700)
The Galaxy Note offers the muscle of a smartphone in a form that is almost similar to that of a tablet. All this is encased inside a slim and sleek body that comes with a free protective cover inside the box.
Galaxy Note is the first device to sport a 5.3 inch HD Super Amoled display with a native resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. It supports multi-touch and also comes with the S (Smart) Pen stylus that allows users to go creative with all their might.
For powering this massive device, Samsung has chosen a dual core 1.4 GHz Exynos microprocessor with Mali-400 MP dedicated graphics processor. This phone is almost 200 MHz faster than the Galaxy S2, and is very useful for doing memory intensive tasks like photography and image editing
Galaxy Note features 1 GB of RAM along with 16 GB memory onboard for storage. Its 8 megapixel camera comes with LED flash capable of recording 1080p full HD videos at 30 fps. There is a front facing 2 megapixel camera as well that allows self-portrait shots and video calling. Samsung has also announced an offer under which it is giving away free Sennheiser headsets with every Galaxy Note smartphone.
Sony Xperia S (Price Rs 30,990)
Xperia S is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon MSM 8206 processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM. It has a 4.3 inch 1280 x 720 pixel display and runs Android 2.3.7, which will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 soon.
There is a 12 megapixel camera capable of recoding full HD video which utilises Sony’s Exmor sensor technology, which helps in taking quality images in low light conditions.
Also, there is a burst mode which allows users to take multiple images in continuation for fast paced action such as sports, fireworks and even dance. On the connectivity front the Sony Xperia S features 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capability.
Xperia S is the second officially certified PlayStation device after Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. It has access to the Sony PlayStation store.
Motorola Razr (Price Rs 29,400)
In tandem with the earlier Razr mobile phones the Moto Razr features a super slim design that is 7.1 mm thin and is built using Kevlar fibre – a material which is also used for bullet proofing. Razr has a 4.3 inch Super Amoled qHD 960 x 540 pixel display that is built using Corning Gorilla Glass technology to make it scratch resistant.
Motorola Razr comes with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with 1 GB of RAM running a dual core 1.2 GHz processor for multitasking. Motorola has ensured best quality imaging with the 8 megapixel camera that is capable of recording full 1080p HD video at 30 fps. It also features a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera that promises HD quality video calling.
Razr comes preloaded with the Motorola MotoCast app, which enables users to stream or download content from one’s PC straight to the device. Smart Actions, another preloaded app on Motorola Razr, helps automate everyday tasks and enables better battery life. Smart Actions can turn down the ringer when you step into work, change the Bluetooth and GPS settings when you get home to save battery, or send a text to someone if you miss their call.
Motorola Razr xT910 supports up to 14.4 Mbps download speeds on 3G networks and features WiFi for faster wireless data connectivity. To power the big touchscreen and the hardware, Motorola has added a massive non-removable 1780 mAh battery that promises 10 hours of use.