Flagship phones represent the very best that a brand has on offer. In recent months all the companies have come out with their fresh flagship devices, which have mouth-watering features and are as powerful as a very high end PC would have been a few years back.
The only sad part is the high price that you need to pay for these phones, and while there is no way you can make these smartphones cheap, you can save money with some handsome discounts for sure.
Sony Xperia Z
Discounted price: Rs 34,999
Regular Price: Rs 37,990
Sony’s flagship phone is priced well, and comes with some of the most incredible hardware in the market right now. With some additional discounts this already well priced phone has become priced even better. Shopclues.com is offering this water and dust proof Android smartphone for Rs 34,999-almost Rs 3,000 less than its market price.
For this money you get a phone that has topped benchmark scores and has a great full HD 5 inch display. It’s water and dust proof, and you get a lot of horsepower thanks to the Qualcomm 1.5 GHz quad core chipset clubbed with 2 GB RAM. The smartphone has Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean operating system, 16 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable storage slot, 2330 mAh battery, 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 2 megapixel front camera.
The rear camera of Sony Xperia Z can capture high definition videos and has many innovative features like auto focus, burst mode, face detection etc. You can read a review of the phone to know more.
Discounted price: Rs 40,389
Regular price: Rs 44,999
We ourselves have criticised HTC Butterfly as steeply over priced, specially after the launch of Sony Xperia Z. But with Saholic.com offering the phone for Rs 40,389 representing a discount of more than Rs 3,500 this concern is addressed to quite an extent. HTC Butterfly has a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD resolution Super LCD 3 display that is slightly curved, which helps it cut the glare and aids visibility. Just like Xperia Z, this phone too is water and dust resistant.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone has a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front camera (this is one of the best front cameras in the business right now,) and a 2020 mAh battery. You can read the review of this phone here.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Discount price: Rs 39,399
Regular price Rs 41,500
Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available for Rs 38,894 only, against its launch price of Rs 41,500. The offer is available from Shopclues where, by using a coupon code – SCSG599 on the regular price of Rs 41,500, you get the device for Rs 39,399.
Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first Android smartphone to feature an eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 mobile processor, which is clocked at 1.6 GHz, and the new PowerVR SGX544MP3 graphics chip. It has 2 GB RAM and comes in three 16 GB storage variants.
The Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch full HD Super Amoled display built using Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology. Galaxy S4 is just 7.9 mm thick and weighs 130 grams. At the back, Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and zero shutter lag features. This camera is capable of recording full HD videos and clicking high quality images.
There is also a front facing camera capable of clicking high quality self-portraits and video. Samsung Galaxy S4 has also something called ‘dual shot’ feature that allows the phone to record video and click images, as well as click two images at the same time using both cameras.
For connectivity, the Galaxy S4 has WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and infrared LED for remote control. The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a layer of the latest Nature UX as part of TouchWiz UI. For longer run time, Samsung has packed a 2600 mAh battery and will also offer an extra battery kit as part of the accessories.
Discounted price: Rs 40,999
Regular price: Rs 42,499
Another flagship phone that was criticized for being too over priced, and with time has seen significant price correction. snapdeal.com is offering the phone at a discount of Rs 2,000. Users will need to pay Rs 40,999. BlackBerry Z10 is considered a make or break device for BlackBerry (erstwhile RIM).
The full touch phone features a 4.2 inch LCD touchscreen display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution. Inside its 9 mm chassis rests a dual core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 mobile processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB on-board storage. Of course, of that 16 GB some will be reserved for the system and updates. Thankfully, there is a Hot Swappable memory card slot to accommodate a higher density micro SD card. While the hardware doesn’t look overwhelming like the others in the list, the phone offers superb build quality and performs well too, thanks to a very nimble operating system called the BlackBerry 10, which the company introduced with this phone.
At the rear, BlackBerry has packed an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash. BlackBerry Z10 also features a 2 megapixel front camera with 3X digital zoom and 720p HD video recording. Apart from that, the BlackBerry Z10 packs dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a Near Field Communication chip.
There is also a micro HDMI out port and a micro USB port. The BlackBerry Z10 offers better location locking with Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS modules. BlackBerry Z10 comes with an 1800 mAh battery that promises talktime of up to 10 hours and standby time of up to 305 hours on 3G. This smartphone promises audio playback for up to 60 hours and video playback for up to 11 hours.
The best part is that it comes with an operating system that is refreshing and has many small things that make for very intuitive usage. If you were a BlackBerry fan you would have many reasons to remain one with this phone. You can read our hands-on report to know why we say that. We will also come out with our review in a few days time, so do come back for that.
Nokia Lumia 920
Discount price: Rs 34,466
Regular price: Rs 35,950
If you want a really great camera you can’t really get anything better than Nokia Lumia 920. And though there is no huge discount on this phone you can still save Rs 1,500 by buying it from ebay.in (some offers are even cheaper but they do not have warranty, so do check that).
Nokia Lumia 920 features only an 8.7 megapixel camera, but with Carl Zeiss optics with mechanical image stabilization that works better than any phone camera out there, and matches even the expensive cameras in this area. You also get very good low light imaging capability and many software enhancements to play around with images and videos.
And it’s not just the camera; even the display is pretty awesome. It is a 4.5 inch HD ClearBlack IPS panel display with PureMotion HD+, which makes images very clear even when you move them and also allows users to work on the display while wearing gloves. The display supports 1280 x 768 pixel resolution natively and therefore offers 332 pixels per inch density.
This display has been constructed using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology. This Windows Phone 8 phone also performs very fast thanks to a dual core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 mobile processor with Adreno 225 graphics chip and 1 GB RAM. It offers 32 GB on-board storage, but no micro SD card slot. And there is a 2000 mAh battery that promises about 10 hours of continuous talktime over 3G.
You can read a review of the phone here to know what we liked about it and what we didn’t.