6 unique smartphones to crave for
Smartphones are evolving faster than the consumer’s expectation. A few years ago, we had been treated to large curved displays and multi-core chipsets on these mini handheld computers. Today, manufacturers are pushing boundaries in smartphone designs, bringing true-bezel-less designs and advanced biometric verification systems. And, it’s not that only the established players have their names registered for bringing a new technology to the masses — emerging players from China are raising eyebrows. Most of them have made the future ready for commercial purposes and we look at some of them that lightens up every techie’s face.
Apple iPhone X:
iPhones have always been leading the race for innovation in smartphones and the iPhone X is no exception. It's known as the first smartphone to ditch the TouchID system in favour of a sophisticated 3D facial recognition system and the innovator of the notched-display design. At close to Rs 1 lakh, it’s one of the most expensive phones you can buy today. However, it’s the most powerful smartphone with the brilliant A11 Bionic chip. It debuted seamless gesture navigation on smartphones and features one f the best smartphone cameras on the planet — 12MP+12MP rear setup and a 7MP selfie shooter.
OPPO Find X:
This is a phone that has been ‘wowing’ everyone around the world. The Find X grabs eyeballs with its sliding camera housing and a gorgeous design. Using a sliding camera housing, OPPO’s flagship manages to attain a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 per cent with a 6.4-inch curved display. There’s an infrared sensor-based facial recognition system to unlock the phone. The Find X is a generously equipped with a Snapdragon 845 chip along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, with Android 8.1 Oreo looking after the errands. A 16MP+20MP dual sensor setup takes care of the rear optics whereas a 25MP sensor looks after the front. The Find X costs Euro 999 (approx. Rs 78,699).
ASUS ROG Phone:
A beast in every sense — the ROG Phone brings extreme smartphone technologies to appease those who expect uncompromised gaming performance from their smartphones. An overclocked Snapdragon 845 chip with 8GB of RAM and vapour cooling system indicates that the ROG Phone isn’t for those looking for practical telephony solutions. There’s a 6-inch 18:9 AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The coolest part is that the ROG Phone houses an RGB illumination — no other phone features it. A 4000mAh battery keeps the ROG Phone alive. ASUS is rumoured to bring it to the Indian shores later in the year and we expect a price tag of approximately Rs 70,000.
Unlike the OPPO Find X, the NEX has only its selfie camera sliding up the top — the rear cameras stay exposed like conventional phones. However, the NEX is comparatively affordable. The top end model houses an in-display fingerprint sensor whereas the low-end model houses a capacitive counterpart. At 86 per cent screen-to-body ratio, it’s 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display is reasonably large. Chipset options include the SD 845 and SD 710, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. A 12MP+5MP setup looks after the rear camera duties whereas an 8MP front shooter looks after selfies. The NEX is coming to India and could start at Rs 47,000 approx.
The X21 isn’t a flagship device in this list, but is the world’s first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Powered by a Snapdragon 660 chip along with 6GB of RAM, the X21 offers a narrow-bezel notched-display with the convenience of a front in-display mounted fingerprint sensor. The sensor isn’t very fast but does the job. However, in our review, we found that the IR sensor based Face Wake system is practical and reasonably fast for use in everyday scenarios. Performance is reasonably fast and the cameras do a decent job as well. At Rs 35,990, it’s an economical way to get an entry into the world of exclusive smartphones.
Huawei P20 Pro:
Huawei’s crazy venture towards the aim of making the highest-rated smartphone camera resulted in the world’s first triple camera phone. A 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP telephoto sensor make the P20 Pro an ideal phone for shutterbugs. Move over the cameras and you will see a competent flagship Android phone that is practical as well. The Kirin 970 chip runs most of the stuff thrown at it with ease and the 4000mAh battery makes sure you don’t need to top it up soon. At Rs 64,999, it comes across as a good alternative to the Apple and Samsung flagships.