The Apple iPhone 6 with a large screen- if it's even coming- will likely replace the iPhone 5S. But at the same time the decrease in base price (iPhone 5S, 16GB), if it happens, would definitely be recommended.
Although there's no price drop formally, but the thing that's been happening in the market these days is that there's been so many promotions or discounts being poured out, to sell in large numbers.
So far, Apple has been selling the iPhone 5S 16GB at a price point of Rs. 53,300 (barring the exchange scheme). Even after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Apple has not formally announced its plans to reduce the price of the iPhone 5S. In fact, we're not expecting Apple to cut iPhone 5S retail price to pass on the benefits to Indian buyers.
In the meantime, a third party seller is selling Gold iPhone 5S 16GB at just Rs. 42,981 on ebay India. Yes, you heard it right! ebay currently seems to be the cheapest place to get the iPhone 5S 16GB. Apple is selling the iPhone 5S at Rs. 53,500, so if you buy the same product from eBay you get a benefit of Rs. 10, 519.
The handset comes with 6-months third party seller warranty through a company called itnmall. The seller is also giving a free headphone with mic worth Rs. 1,290 free with the iPhone 5S 16GB.
At the same time, make sure to check refund policies of ebay before finalizing the purchase, as lot of internet scams have been reported in the last few months.
If you have already made up your mind to get the iPhone 5S from an online shopping site, Amazon is selling the same model at Rs. 46,399. The average online selling price of the Apple iPhone in India is about Rs. 47,000.
While an high-end Android smartphone is priced above Rs. 50,000, it does make sense to go for the Apple iPhone 5S over the Samsung Galaxy S5 or even the HTC One (M8) for that matter.
Would you be interested in knowing the top 5 high-end handsets available in India, and at what price? Take a look into sliders below!
Samsung Galaxy S5
The Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display offering a Full HD resolution and churns out the pixel density of 432 ppi. It is powered by Octa Core Processor Adonis Prime2 (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) + XMM6360 coupled with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS with the layer of the upgraded version of the TouchWiz UI including a new notification bar. There's a 16MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera. The makers have added a 2,800mAh battery fitted inside. The Galaxy S5 is currently being offered in 16GB, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. It uses (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) 2x2 MIMO, USB3.0, BT 4.0(LE) connectivity options. The smartphone is IP67 certified which means that the Galaxy S5 is resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust, so that your phone will protected from any activity or situation. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered by 2,800mAh battery also comes with a Power Saving Mode.
HTC One (M8)
The handset features a 5-inch Full HD display having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. The device runs Android 4.4 Kitkat with HTC's native Sense 6.0 running on top of it. On the imaging front, the HTC One (M8) has a 4-megapixel UltraPixel primary rear camera with dual LED Flash, BSI Sensor,F/2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens. In fact, there are two rear cameras installed in the handset this time. The secondary rear camera helps to capture depth information of the subject. At the front there is a 5 MP front-facing shooter capable of taking great selfies and making video calls. The rear camera is capable of shooting Full HD (1080p) video with HDR mode as well.
HTC One (M8) comes with 4G LTE support and other connectivity options remain standard with the inclusion of 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec, NFC and GPS with GLONASS. The device measures which measures 9.35 mm thick and weighs 160 grams. The makers have added a 2600mAh battery fitted inside
LG G Pro 2
LG G Pro 2, a legitimate successor to the G Pro, incorporates a massive 5.9-inch Full HD display, 2.3GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 3GB RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera with OIS+ feature and a 3200mAh battery fitted inside. The device runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, and there is the Knock Code feature given for waking up and unlocking the phone. The device is expected to support 4G LTE connectivity.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display, and weighs 169 grams. The device is powered by a 1.9GHz Octa-Core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory, which can be later expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card slot. The makers have added a 3,200mAh battery fitted inside and runs the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.
Aside from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile OS, the company has added its own indigenous apps: Multi Window, Samsung Smart Switch and Action Memo, My Magazine, Scrapbook, Wake-up Command and S Finder.
There's a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash. The rear-facing camera is capable enough to record videos in Full HD 1080p format. Also, a 2-megapixel front facing camera is given to enjoy video chat. Other connectivity features include: NFC, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and more.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact features a 4.3-inch (1280 x 720pixels) Triluminos Display with with X-Reality engine. It is powered by a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor coupled with a 2GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS. On the imaging front, there is a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Sony G lens with a 27mm wide angle f/2.0 aperture custom 1/2.3″ Sony Exmor RS image sensor, BIONZ image processing engine, HDR photos and videos, 1080p video recording. Also add a 2.2 MP shooter with 720p video recording at the front of the device.