Huawei finally launched their Honor 7 in India a week back in an exclusive partnership with Flipkart. Launched in China at the beginning of this year, the Honor 7 comes with an all metal built quality and a fingerprint sensor at a highly competitive price tag starting at just 1999 Yuan (Rs 20,000).
As expected the Indian price of the device marginally higher at Rs 22,999 for the 16GB variant. Under the hood is the octa core Kirin SoC (same as the one in the Huawei P8) alongside a 3GB of RAM.
The Honor 7 sports a 5.2 inch Full HD IPS Neo display which renders accurate colours with great contrast. The optics of the device are handled by a 20MP rear IMX230 sensor and an 8MP wide angle selfie camera which comes with an LED flash.
But does it device has everything it takes to tout a Rs 22,999 price tag? Or do are there better devices in the market? Let's find out.
While this may be the best alternative to the Huawei Honor 7, the OnePlus isn't quite an easy device to buy. Priced at Rs 22,999 for the 3GB and Rs 24,999 for the 4GB variant with a Snapdragon 810 SoC under the hood, the OnePlus 2 is in high demand in the country. Needless to say that the flawed invite system used by OnePlus add to the woes.
Meizu MX5 is great alternative to the Honor 7, more so because of its 20.7MP f/2.2 aperture IMX230 rear camera which can shoot some phenomenal images. Unlike the Honor 7, the MX5 can also record 4K videos at 30fps.
Another point worth noting is the fact that the Helio X10 (6795T) SoC used in MX5 has a far superior PowerVR G6200 GPU than the Mali T628 MP4 inside the Honor 7. The CPU performance however is almost similar.
Moto X Play
The Moto X Play is for the average user, who is need of a premium phone with a great camera and build quality. As expected from an IP52 certified device the Moto X Play can be thrown around and even dipped in 1.5 m water (upto 30 mins).
The USP of the Moto lies in the 21MP rear camera present at the back of the device. It comes equipped with PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) and dual LED flash. Sadly, the device is unable to shoot 4K video due to chipset limitations.
Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) 4GB RAM
Are you a ‘4GB' RAM fanatic? Then, look no further than the Asus Zenfone 2 (4GB edition). Beware don't get fooled around by having a look at those crazy mode nos (ZEXXXML)!
The Asus Zenfone ZE551ML refer to the model with the 2.3GHz Intel Z380 SoC and 4GB RAM. On the rear of the Zenfone 2 is a 13MP f/1.8 camera using a Toshiba made sensor. The camera is one of the best low light snapper around in the sub 20K range. However the Asus Zenfone misses out on some added niceties like a front camera flash and a fingerprint sensor.
The Mi4 might be over a year old now, but it is still a stellar performer at its price range. Available at just Rs 12,999 the Xiaomi Mi4 uses a 2.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC on the inside along with 3GB of RAM.
The device sports a dual Concore Gorilla Glass design with metal to the sides and the chassis. The optics are handled by a 13MP f/2.0 unit which can shoot some great low light images along with excellent 4K DCI. The front also sports an 8MP camera as seen on the Honor 7, albeit without the front flash.
In case you are left wondering that the SD801 is an "old haggard", why shoud I buy this in the end of 2015? To be honest the Snapdragon 801 and the 808 are the only decent and "stable" chips Qualcomm has built in the recent pass. Further there isn't much difference between the SD801 and the 808 (not in terms of benchmark though!)
Motorola Nexus 6
This is for those who are on the lookout for a clean and fluid Android experience with frequent updates. Using a 2.7GHz hexa core Snapdragon 805 SoC the Nexus 6 isn't worthwhile for the extra Rs 10,000 - Rs 14,000 you need to spend on it over the Mi4 - considering the fact that you are not a great fan of vanilla Android.
However the 5.7 inch QHD (2560x1440) panel and IP52 water/dust proof certification make the deal interesting. Add to that the presence of a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a large 3220mAh battery. The Nexus 6 however lacks the Fingerprint sensor as found in the Honor 7.
Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe
As evident from the name, the Zenfone 2 Deluxe comes with a great diamond cut appearance back plate. This may not be the most professional looking device out there (it isn't meant to be!), but is charming and refreshing none the less.
Under the hood is pretty similar to the one seen in the Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML).
Coolpad Dazen X7
The Coolpad Dazen X7 sport a Mediatek 6595 SoC similar to the one found in the last gen Meizu i.e. MX4. It is 2.2GHz octa core SoC which deliver decent performance, similar to the Kirin 930. The RAM is also the same at 3GB.
However the USP of the Dazen X7 lies in the all glass external of the device, which makes it look way premium than the Honor 7. Further the 13MP f/2.0 camera on the rear sports a Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
Nevertheless the sub-standard service network of Coolpad in India hasn't helped the cause of the device.
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
Selfie buffs will be highly satisfied with the Xperia C5 Ultra. While the Honor 7 sports a front LED flash, the front snapper used isn't as large as the 13MP unit found in C5 Ultra. As expected from a Sony device, the rear camera is excellent too. However the downside lies in the fact that it can't shoot 4K videos.
This is more of a camera centric device, hence the processor used under the hood isn't the most powerful out there in the market. It uses a Mediatek 6752 octa core SoC with core clocked at 1.7GHz each along with 2GB of RAM.
Infocus mayn't be a reputed brand in India, and that's understandable considering the fact that the company is taking baby steps into the country. However their all metal constructed flagship device dubbed the M812 is quite a looker and comes with decent hardware to complement it.
The Infocus M812 uses a 2.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 chip on the inside coupled with a 3GB of RAM. The optics on the other hand are handled by the 13MP f/2.0 rear camera which comes with a dual LED flash and an 8MP front snapper.
It also houses an excellent display upfront along with decent 2900mAh battery. Priced at Rs 19,999 it is exclusively available through Snapdeal in India.