In last couple of weeks, two major smartphones – Nokia 808 PureView and Samsung Galaxy S III – have been launched in the high-end category of smartphones. So, if you don’t have any limitations on the budget, you can certainly hope to get the best bang for every buck.
Two smartphones with quad-core mobile processors are made available in India as of now. Do check out this list of smartphones that you can buy with a budget of over Rs 20,000 and also expect to enjoy latest features.
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung has earlier this month announced its new Galaxy S III GT-I9300 smartphone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Sporting a massive 4.8-inch HD Super Amoled Plus PenTile touchscreen, the Galaxy S III can support 1280×720 pixel resolution natively. The display has been built using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for more strength and protection against scratches. Under the 8.6mm chassis, this smartphone houses quad-core 1.4 GHz mobile processor.
Galaxy S III also features some novel features such as Smart Stay which keeps the screen awake till the time the owner is looking at it. When the user is not looking at the screen for a long time, the Smart Stay feature puts the screen into sleep mode and helps save the battery.
Besides Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy S III features new version of TouchWiz 4.0 user interface which is less intrusive than its previous versions. At the back, along with an LED Flash, lies an 8 megapixel camera that offers simultaneous video as well as image recording. It also features a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera that offers 720p HD video recording at 30 frames per second.
Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, dual-network GPS support, 50 GB Dropbox Storage for two years, Stereo FM with RDS, and supports micro SIM card. This smartphone packs a 2100 mAh battery which is expected to run longer than any other major smartphones. Samsung Galaxy S III is currently available in market for around Rs 38,900 or less.
HTC One X
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 hence offer better experience in these two areas.
HTC One X comes in a polycarbonate unibody that is claimed to have the ruggedness of metal but is super lightweight. Along with being lightweight 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 devices that fixes the screen glitch issue which was faced by a number of early One X buyers. Airtel subscribers (new and old) purchasing the new devices before 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.
Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia has just launched its flagship Symbian smartphone, called the Nokia 808 PureView which comes with a 41 megapixel camera. Featuring a 4-inch Amoled touchscreen display with 640×360 pixel resolution, this smartphone’s display has been built using Corning Gorilla Glass technology. The Nokia 808 PureView houses 1.3 GHz ARM 11 architecture based mobile processor and has 512 MB RAM to run the Belle Feature Pack 1 smoothly on it.
This Nokia device features 41 megapixel image sensor which has Carl Zeiss optics that provides the most realistic looking image. The phone features a PureView Pro imaging technology that utilises pixel oversampling technique to deliver best and clearest quality photos. This camera also features the best available Xenon Flash to provide enough light to the optics. While it offers recording a full 1080p HD video, one can also go for 4x lossless digital zoom.
Besides becoming the best camera phone available today, this smartphone also delivers great multimedia experience thanks to the Dolby Digital Plus mobile chip inside it. Packing merely 1400 mAh battery, the Nokia 808 PureView also offers Stereo FM with RDS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS support. Nokia 808 PureView is available in Indian market for best price of Rs 33,899 and one can even find it for less.
BlackBerry Bold 9900
Research In Motion (RIM) brought this new BlackBerry 7 OS based smartphone in India as early as possible. Thanks to that we got to see the top of the line BlackBerry Bold 9900 which comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display and perhaps the best Qwerty keyboard in the business. BlackBerry 7 OS brings major improvements in terms of Liquid Graphics and better software performance – all thanks to the powerful hardware. Hailed as one of the thinnest BlackBerry smartphones, the new Bold 4 has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor coupled with 768 MB RAM. The basic hardware is great enough to carry off the next major BlackBerry 10 OS update easily.
Along with the powerful hardware, RIM has also improved on the often neglected camera aspect with a 5 megapixel fixed focus lens and LED flash that can record 720p HD videos and takes great quality images. By default, the smartphone has 8 GB on-board storage and up to 32 GB can be added via memory card. Just when smartphones are getting 1 GHz mobile processors, RIM stepped in before it was too late with a nice Qwerty keyboard bearing smartphone and decent capacitive touchscreen. The premium finish and comfortable keyboard bearing BlackBerry Bold 4 9900 is available in the market for about Rs 33,350.
Apple iPhone 4S
The iPhone 4S comes with an iOS 5.0 operating system. The user friendly iPhone 4S is a multimedia power house for those who can make the best of it. The highlighted feature of the iPhone 4S is its voice based virtual digital assistant – Siri. Though in beta, Siri has managed to draw enough attention to this smartphone.
The iPhone 4S sports a dual core 1 GHz Apple A5 processor and offers great graphics to play the best mobiles games on it. Its fascinating 3.7 inch Retina display comes with 960×640 pixel resolution that makes every photo and well-designed webpage more attractive to look at.
Photography amateurs would be pleased with its 8 megapixel camera that can quickly click as many pictures as you want in a minute without crashing or spoiling the quality. Besides, the camera is capable of recording full 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second.
One can edit the same video on an iPhone 4S using the iMovie app. The phone’s front facing camera can be used for FaceTime video chats with other iOS devices and Mac computers. This smartphone did face some battery drainage issues but with the latest update everything is back to normal. The price of this smartphone, which starts at Rs 44,500, though, seems insanely high.