September saw several flagship phablet releases from some of the world's biggest phone makers, leaving some shoppers in a fix ahead of the Indian festive season.
If your question is "Which flagship phablet is right for me?", then we've got the answer. After picking up these devices, testing their abilities and practicalities, we've prepared a guide that will help you pick the right phone based on your requirements. Run through the slider to check the guide out.
Talking about the releases, India saw the launch of several high end handsets from leading manufacturers including Sony, Samsung, LG and others.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Price: Rs. 50,000
Of the lot, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 was the grandest offering at half a lakh, packing some of the most powerful hardware that the industry has seen till date. The device uses a giant 5.7-inch Full Super AMOLED Full HD display. It is powered by a 1.9GHz Exynos Octa-core SoC along with 3GB RAM and 16GB flash storage which is expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card. Moving on to camera,
Samsung Note 3 will feature a 13MP rear facing camera with smart optimization and a 2MP front facing camera. It is also capable of recording videos at 4K resolution. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, MHL 2.0, and more. The huge phablet is powered by a 3,200mAh Li Ion battery. The device supports improved S Pen as well and runs on the latest version of Android (v.4.3 Jelly Bean).
Price: Rs. 40,490 (16GB Variant) and Rs. 43,490 (32 GB Variant)
With the G2, LG has definetely got the "high-end" part right on the spec sheet. The device packs a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS Super LCD2 display having resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 443 ppi. Inside comes a 2.26GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal memory. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean comes out of the box.
There's a 13-mega pixel rear facing camera sensor covered with scratch less material for protection. Also add a 2.1-mega pixel front facing camera. The main highlight of the rear camera is the coming of Optical image stabilization (OIS) feature with Auto Focus and LED Flashlight. The phone is ultra-slim at 8.99 mm thick. The device supports 4G LTE-Advanced connectivity. The IR Blaster is an addition . The makers have added a 3000mAh Li Ion battery.
Sony Xperia Z1
Price: Rs. 40, 490
The Xperia Z1 is stuffed with powerful specifications. It uses a 5-inch Full HD display powered by Sony's Triluminos technology and X-Reality engine. The device has a 2.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor quad core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM (expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card).
The makers have added a 3000mAh Li Ion battery. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean comes out of the box. Imaging is powerful with 20.7MP camera shooter at the back. The handset has all the basic connectivity features that you need in a powerful smartphone. The Xperia Z1 will be available in three colors: Black, White and Purple.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Price: Expected to be Rs. 48,000 No Official Price For India Yet
Nokia's Lumia 1020 uses a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280x768p) screen with PureMotion HD+ display technology. There's some protection offered by its Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen shield. The handset has a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor along with 2GB of RAM. There's 32GB of inbuilt memory.
But the key selling point of the Lumia 1020 happens to be its camera. By using a powerful 41.0-megapixel PureView camera with 6 physical Carl Zeiss Tesser lenses, the Lumia 1020 delivers some wonderful pictures. Thanks to its Optical Image stabilization or OIS feature, you'll be able to click shake-free pictures. For lighting, there's a Xenon flash unit. There's a 1.3MP HD camera up front that's capable of wide angles and 720p HD video.
If you're primary focus is imaging and are looking for the best smartphone camera in the market, then your choice is definitely the Lumia 1020. Thanks to its powerful and advanced 41MP sensor and Pure View camera technology, you'll be able to snap some stunning images. The Lumia 1020 also allows for the greatest level of manual control over imaging settings on a smartphone camera, something that none of its competitors can't really offer.
So you're ambitious and hardworking, usually putting in long hours everyday. If you'd like a phone that does the same, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is for you. It uses a generous 3,200 mAh battery will offer more than a day of usage on a single charge. It's great for productivity and can handle heavy emailing, usage of office apps for spredsheets and other tasks at the workplace. Thanks to its monstrous 3GB of RAM and Snapdragon 800 processor, you'll receive the best in class performance that'll allow you to get your work done with absolute ease.
If you want a phone that can do a lot of things and do them well while looking good at the same time, then the Sony Xperia Z is your best bet. The device is easily the best looking smartphone among the lot and has some powerful hardware to match. It even delivers a solid imaging experience with its 20.7 MP shooter, allowing users to shoot video and broadcast live over social networks. Thanks to its Snapdragon 800 processor, you're assured of blazing fast performance and some solid performance on all those graphic-intensive games. It also has one of best displays that we've seen to date thanks to a powerful Bionz engine that Sony has added into the device. So yes, great imaging, wonderful media playback, solid build quality that's also water and dust proof plus great performance.
The All Star
The All Star
So you're a person who wants the best things in life? Well, as far as smartphones are concerned, the iPhone 5S is as good as its going to get for the next few months. With its 64-Bit A7 chip, brilliant screen, perfect form factor, powerful imaging and elegant looks, there are very few devices that can rival its feature set. Plus, it uses a solid aluminum body which is a far cry from all those plastic flagship devices that the market is swarming with.