2014 was quite an enthralling year in the word of technology. Several manufacturers tried their best to woo consumers, and as usual many of them managed to create a stir in the market.
As trends go by, the phablet trend doesn't looking to stabilize any time soon. Though the number of high-end phablet owners is low, the trend seems to be growing exponentially.
Sure, the phablet market is here to stay, but despite that a number of premium players launched compact smartphones this year. Sony, Samsung and Microsoft are among the few players who addressed the other side of the market.
They may not boast top-of-the-range specifications, but every phone on this list offers decent features of the flagship model in a compact size.
Here's the complete list. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact came as a fresh breeze. It is still the best compact smartphone in the high-end range. With the Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony once again showed that you don't need to cut too many features to make a mini version of a flagship phone.
This compact phone is too close to the Z3 Compact, in terms of design and specs. The handset features a 4.3-inch 720p display, a snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.4, a 20.7MP rear-facing camera and 4G LTE, among others. The handset is available under Rs. 40,000
The Galaxy Alpha may not be as popular as the Galaxy S5, but the handset proved to be a big puller in terms of design. The Android 4.4-running phone sports a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 12MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE and a large battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is priced at Rs. 38,000.
At first glance the Nokia Lumia 730 may look like a minor update over its predecessor, but it's Nokia's focus for the selfie market, which makes it one of the selfie-centric camera phone in market today. Specs-wise, the phone comes with a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor , 1GB of RAM, 8GB of native storage, a microSD card slot (up to 128GB), Windows Phone 8.1 mobile OS, a 6.7MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP camera and a 2220mAh battery. The Lumia 730 is priced under Rs. 15,000
Xiaomi had several big releases in the last few months, and none were bigger than the Redmi 1S. The Jelly Bean-powered phone has a compact size; plus it comes with killer specifications. Its specs include a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a 2,000mAh battery. The Redmi 1S will cost you Rs, 5,999.
Motorola made huge noise this year with its best-selling Moto E. The compact phone not only featured killer specifications, but it also gave Motorola a new lease of life in emerging markets. The handset features a 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM, Android 4.4 Kitkat,Wi-Fi, 3G and a 1,989mAh battery. The Motorola Moto E is priced at Rs. 6,500.
Asus has impressed with the Zenfone 4 which comes in under Rs. 7000 but packs an amazing features including a killer camera. The device is surprisingly small having a 4-inch screen size. The Asus Zenfone 4 runs a dual-core (Intel) chipset, paired with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM and a microSD card slot. Plus, it comes with a 5MP rear and a VGA quality front shooter. It also packs a 1,600mAh battery.
Don't be surprised to see the Nokia Lumia 1020 in this list. It's been out favorite Windows phone over the past few months. If you're on a budget you should check out the 41MP camera shooter. The device is now selling for Rs. 23,000 via several online retail chains.
Google's Android One platform was touted to be a big thing in the tech industry, but it never caught consumers attention. Nonetheless, we genuinely loved the Karbonn Sparkle V. Now being offered by leading retail chains and online, the device shouldn't be ignored. Running on stock Android, the device is rumored to be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop update in January next year. This is a serious performer that is built to look good and last. The handset is priced around Rs. 6,136.
The device does look premium in every sense. With an impressive camera and great design, we think one should check out the Xperia M2. However, the phone offers average specifications compared to other handsets in the same league. Plus, the device still runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sony Xperia M2 is priced around Rs. 14,400.
We highly recommend the iPhone 5S to our readers. It is well priced, solid looking and stylish. We like the device, but when you compare it with its rivals, the hardware seems a little dated. For anyone with an extra money, the iPhone 5s offers compact design, right hardware and will only set you back Rs. 35,000.