The days when premium range smartphones were just confined only to the international markets are gone and many major global manufacturers are expanding their presence in the local market as well. Several companies seem to be on an aggressive spree to lure the Indian consumers.
With the advent of this year, the smartphone industry has seen a twist with a plethora of premium and advanced offerings. Moreover, the hottest smartphones launched ever are coming to India as a part of their global rollout, which could be too exciting for the tech enthusiasts in the country.
Hence, if you are planning for a phone upgrade and sieving the market for purchase, the biggest bets are on their way. Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Nokia and more are all set to hit the market with their flagship offerings. Many would have a clue, what are the handsets that Gizbot is talking about, however, if you are not aware, then here is a slideshow below offering the details of the heavyweights and mid range handsets that are about to hit the market soon.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Galaxy S4 is estimated to be released in the first week of May and priced at Rs 45,000 approximately.
Galaxy S4 packs a 4.99 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a stunning resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi, Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB expandable storage, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared port and a 2,600 mAh battery.
HTC One is estimated to be priced at Rs 40,000 approximately and is expected to hit India in the last week of April.
HTC One has a 4.7 inch Super LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, 4MP UltraPixel rear camera with BSI sensor, 2.1MP front camera for video calling, 2GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G, high speed HSPA+, micro USB and a 2,300 mAh battery.
Nokia Lumia 720
It is estimated that the latest Lumia handset by Nokia, Lumia 720 will makes its way into India this month itself or maybe early May with a price tag of Rs 18,000 approximately.
Based on Windows Phone 8, Lumia 720 sports a 4.3-inch Clear Black display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM , 8GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB additional storage, 6.7MP rear shooter with Carl Zeiss optics, 1.3MP front camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 2,000 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia SP
Xperia SP has been launched recently and the company has claimed that the handset will be released across the global markets in Q2 2013.
Xperia SP packs a 4.6 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, 1.7GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera for video calling, 8GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, NFC and a 2,370 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia L
Launched alongside Xperia SP, Xperia L is a also awaited to be released in 2Q13. The handset boasts a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 854 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 8GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, NFC and a 1,750 mAh battery.
LG Nexus 4
Nexus 4 is already available for pre-order on eBay.in for a price of Rs 23,490 and Rs 27,490 for 8GB and 16GB variants respectively. However, officially the handset has not been launched in India. But seeing the recent launch trend by Google for India, thats to Nexus 7 debut, the day is not far, when Nexus 4 will also see the light on Indian shores.
The long awaited Nexus 4, the current flagship smartphone of Google boasts a 4.7-inch IPS display that has a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels with Zerogap technology, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB/16GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, NFC, wireless charging, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 2,100 mAh Li-Po battery with 15.3 hours of talk time and standby of 390 hours.
HTC One SV
HTC One SV has been already announced by the Taiwanese tech giant for the Indian market, however, the mid-range Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone has not yet been released in India. Further, there is no clue of the pricing of the smartphone as well.
The new handset by HTC bosts impressive specifications including a 4.3 inch Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz dual core S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, which can be expanded to 32GB via micro SD card slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, NFC, 4G LTE, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 1,080 mAh battery.
Samsung Ativ S
Samsung Ativ S, the first official Windows Phone 8 running smartphone that was unveiled at IFA 2012 expo has not made its way into the Indian market yet. But rumor has it that Samsung will definitely launch its innovative smartphone very soon in India, around the same price range as Nokia Lumia 820.
Ativ S has a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD resolution multi-touch display of 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait chipset, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP facing camera, 16GB and 32GB internal storage options, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, DLNA functionality, NFC, aGPS and a 2,300 mAh Li-ion battery.
Nokia 301 and Nokia 105
The last two handsets on the list, are again the Nokia models, announced at MWC 2013, however they are the smart feature phones launched by the Finnish giant to stand against Samsung Rex lineup.
Nokia 301 runs on S40 platform and has a 2.4-inch display, 3G connectivity and 3.2MP camera with features including panorama mode and a 1,110 mAh Li-ion battery. It is a dual SIM handset and will be priced at Rs 4,500 approximately.
Nokia 105 is an entry level handset with 1.45 inch display and an 800 mAh Li-ion battery with 840 hours backup. The handset lacks camera and connectivity features. It is estimated to be priced at Rs 1,100 approximately.
Both the low budget handsets are holding a coming soon tag on the Nokia e-store and reportedly will be lanuched very soon in India.