This past year we saw tons of new smartphones to the market, from Apple iPhone 6 to Samsung's Galaxy S5. Sure, a lot of smartphones have probably attracted you all over the past year. However, a handfull of them have managed to create an aura around our in-house team.
It is true that the sales of Apple iPhone 6 has been phenomenal since the device made its debut in September, and it will continue to sell well. Even so, despite being a huge hit, the iPhone 6, has failed to attract the same kind of attention from critics, as the BlackBerry Passport.
Like the BlackBerry Passport, we've handpicked 10 smartphones with a difference. All selected smartphones are unique in their own style.
Here's a complete list in no particular order. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
HTC Desire Eye
Well, we've had seen a number of selfie-centric smartphones over the past year. No one comes so close to perfection, as the HTC Desite Eye. The phone comes with a 13MP camera on the rear and a 13MP camera on the front. Other than having dual-cameras, the phone sports a 5.2-inch FHD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and LTE connectivity.
Asking price - Rs 35,000
The BlackBerry Passport looks different from the rest. It comes with a square screen with an odd resolution. The Passport has a physical keyboard that'll surely appeal to loyal BlackBerry phone fans. Plus, the new BlackBerry 10.3 mobile OS includes support for Android apps via the Amazon Appstore.
Asking price - Rs 45,000
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
The Galaxy Note Edge is a unique combination of high-end specs and futuristic design. The QHD "Curved" edge screen is truly dazzling, and the quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor can do so much more. Also, there's a 16MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) can go head-to-head with the iPhone 6 Plus.
Asking price - Rs 64,990
Lenovo Vibe X2
Lenovo has done a brilliant job with the Vibe X2. The layered look might not appeal to a large section, but there is no denying its premium-looking handset. Notably, the specs sheet isn't bad either.
Asking price - Rs 19,000
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung's first metal phone, the Galaxy Alpha, seemed to have impressed us. It's not totally metal-bodied, but it definitely gave Samsung a big chance to prove its critics wrong. As far as its specs are concerned, the Galaxy Alpha sports a 4.7-inch HD display and a 12MP rear-facing camera.
Asking price - Rs 37,000
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Although not a killer product, the device does come with a manageable 4.6-inch screen and a powerful quad-core processor under the hood. It retains most of the Z3's looks, but the device is made out of plastic.
Asking price - Rs 41,000
Gionee W900 Flip Phone
Dubbed as the W900, the Gionee-made is a clamshell smartphone. It packs two Full HD displays on two sides of the flip phone. The 1080p resolution makes Gionee W900 the world's first smartphone with two full HD displays. The device is to be launched in India.
Asking price - TBA
Oppo's latest flagship smartphone, the N3, stands out in the camera department. The phone, which sports a 5.5-inch FHD display, comes with the 16MP swivel camera. There's a fingerprint scanner on the back side. Under the hood is a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chip, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage along with a microSD card slot.
Asking price - TBA
Vivo X5 Max
Chinese firm Vivo recently unveiled the X5 Max, which claims the title of World's thinnest smartphone. The handset measures a mere 4.75mm in terms of thickness, making it one of the slimmest handset onto market today. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display, an octa-core, Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.4 with Vivo's own user interface.
Asking price - Rs 32,000
The LG Fx0 has a transparent back-cover, which might appeal to crazy techies out there. Other notable aspect is the gold hued home button with earth embellishment. It features 4.7-inch display and runs on the latest Firefox v2.0 OS powered Snapdragon 400 series SoC, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt memory and a 2,370 mAh battery. The handset is limited to Japan, at least, for now.
Asking price - TBA