Last year, India went ahead of Japan and scored the third place in the global smartphone market. Even recently, a report by The Guardian citing research data by Mediacells predicted that India will take the second place from the US in the smartphone usage ranking position.
Well, India is a big market when it comes to smartphone range, but at the same time, some of the best phones are still missing in our basket of offerings. The reason could be that still, the smartphone sales depend on the feature phone and low-to-mid tier devices. Hence, global manufacturers avoid taking risks of debuting their premium range in a developing nation like India.
However, the experts in the industry believe that the market is shifting. Smartphones are proliferating rapidly in many emerging markets including India. As per reports, penetration is expected to more than double between 2011 and 2015 in countries such as Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, and India.
Demand for data services and applications is also rising in emerging markets - particularly India, especially with the new generation coming up and flooding the market with ever-increasing demand. But this might take some time to penetrate in and convince the global manufacturers to bring their best products in a market like India.
We know that the market is full of Nokia Asha series, Samsung Galaxy series, Apple iPhones, HTC One series and more, but here is a list of the gem of smartphones which are still missing in our market. Out of them, some might get released, but few of them will never make an entry in our market, reason being their price and limitations in technology support. But we want them like anything!
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Yes, we know that Android smartphones are the best in the market right now, but there is a big problem when it comes to battery back, take for example Nexus 5. Hence, Jolla came up with a solution for the same.
Jolla recently launched a new smartphone named ‘The First One' with the new Sailfish OS. For those who are not aware, Sailfish operating system by Jolla - the brainchild of a group of ex-Nokia employees and MeeGo developers got debuted a year ago. The best part, Sailfish OS supports the Android applications and can be operated with some unusual gestures.
The size of the display is 4.5 Inches with qHD resolution and it comes with the Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (1.4 GHz) processor. The processor is something which is outdated and the benchmark scores of this processor are not good enough to tell you that UI Lag issues have happened with the devices having this processor. Memory allocation includes 16GB of internal storage (with microSD slot) and 1GB for RAM. The primary or the rear camera has an 8 MP camera wth LED flash along with 2 MP camera on the front screen.
The battery strength of 2100 mAh is good because we have usually seen 1800 mAh battery in the smartphones with display size of 4.5 Inches. If this smartphone comes in India, it would cost around Rs 20,000, however right now there are no hopes that will debut in India in the near future.
The long awaited Samsung's first curved phone Galaxy Round has not come to India yet. The bendable 5.7-inch Full HD display having 1080p resolution, 13-mega pixel rear facing camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, 2-mega pixel front facing camera, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM (expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card slot), 2,880mAh Li Ion battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, it has everything what you could lure for but can't buy it over here.
The ultra luxurious Android Jelly bean smartphone cally Vertu "The Constellation" is quite popular abroad and comes with a 4.3 inch touchscreen which projects a resolution is 720p and pixel density of 342ppi. The screen is protected by 5.1 inch 100 carat sapphire glass which makes it scratch proof as well and the entire handset is put together in a titanium case.
The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 S4 Pro - dual-core Krait CPU and comes with 13-megapixel rear camera with a dual-LED flash, 1.3 MP front camera, 32 GB internal memory, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with aptX along with a Secure NFC support, and a 1800mAh battery.
According to the specs the handset can be categorized as a midrange device but since it comes with a luxury casing and other Virtu's touch in it, the price is quite high at, $6,600 (approx. Rs. 4,08,804).
The dual-screen concept phone which was launched in MWC, this year - also didn't make its way to India. Namely, YoutaPhone, the main screen of the phone uses an LCD panel while the secondary screen features an electronic paper display.
It comes with 5-inches advanced AMOLED display, full-touch control on its always-on secondary electronic paper display (EPD). The EPD measures 4.7-inch and comes with a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels.
Apart from the advanced and innovative display, the smartphone comes with a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor coupled with a 2GB RAM, Android KitKat v4.4, 8MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing unit, 32GB native memory, 4G LTE / 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n /ac, Bluetoooth v4.0, GPS w/A-GPS, wireless charging, near-field communications (NFC) and GLONASS and 2550 mAh battery with wireless charging facility.
The CyanogenMod 11S OS based Android 4.4 (KitKat) platform smartphone powered by Qualcomm's one of the latest SoCs Snapdragon 801 with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs - OnePlus One is another spectacular smartphone, which has no plans for right now to make an entry into the Indian market.
It features a 5.5-inch Full HD display offering a resolution of 1920 ×1080 pixels slapped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on it. On the imaging front, it uses a 13-megapixel camera with Sony's IMX214 stacked sensor with 6-element lens, f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash 4K video recording. Moreover, a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper with f/2.0 aperture is also a standard one.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and NFC. It should be noted that the LTE variant of the device works with bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/40 and 3G model works in bands 1/2/4/5/8. Dimension-wise, the smartphone measures 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 162 grams, further it draws energy from a heavy 3100 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Beam successor Samsung Galaxy Beam got launched recently and belongs to the mid-range segment still the South Korean tech giant has no plans to release the phone in the market.
The Android smartphone has been launched in China and comes equipped with a DLP projector offering WVGA resolution. On the spec front, the handset comes with low-end specifications. It features a 4.66-inch WVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. There's a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a single LED Flash. The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean powered phone measures 11.7mm thick and weighs 166 grams. Other essential connectivity options include: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, aGPS and more.
Motorola has been releasing a host of smartphones in recent times with a host of different capabilties at different price ranges. And the latest one is the Moto G 4G, the device which will be available internationally at a price of around Rs. 13,000.
It will come with same features as the Moto G, but with an added 4G LTE connectivity. But its not coming anytime soon to the Indian market, reason being the constraints related to the 4G connectivity in the nation.
The Oppo Find 7 which got unveiled last year, has not hit the Indian market yet. No one exactly knows the reason why, but this phone has got some specs to drool for.
It comes with a 5.5-inch LTPS display from JDI with Cornering gorilla glass protection and Touch-on-Lens technology, Quad HD display offering a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and churns out 538ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) processor with Adreno 330 GPU and runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with a layer of Color OS 1.2 on top. There is a 3GB RAM supporting the CPU. There is a 13MP rear camera with Dual-mode LED Flash, Sony Exmor BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 4K video recording along with a 5MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The impressive part is that it uses software enhancements to images at 50-megapixel (8,160 x 6,120 pixels) resolution by capturing.
The device comes with 32 GB internal memory unit which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. In connectivity section, users will find 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG support as well. The device which measures 152.6x75x9.2mm and weigh 171 grams is powered by a 3000mAh battery.
LG is planning to launch the G2 Mini in India since it got official last year, however the miniature variant of one of the best smartphone of last year has not reached the maket yet.
It features a 4.7-inch qHD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MP front-facing shooter, and a modest 2440mAh battery fitted inside.
The sequel to Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom got launched last month, but the company has not announced any plans of Galaxy K zoom's India release.
This camera centric phone comes with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display offering an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is powered by Hexa-Core (1.7 GHz Dual Core + 1.3 GHz Quad Core) Exynos (5260) processor and Mali-T624 GPU coupled with 2GB RAM. The device comes loaded with Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS with the latest Samsung Touchwiz UX. It uses a 20.7MP rear camera with Xenon Flash, BSI Sensor, OIS and 10x optical zoom. It is capable of shooting 1080p video at 60 fps. Moreover, the company has also used a 2MP front-facing shooter to offer video calling and taking selfies. It has AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation), Pro Suggest with 5 optimized filter settings, Selfie Alarm to take timed selfies, object tracing and more. Native storage seats at 8GB and it is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.