Each year, hundreds of smartphones are launched and dozens of them receive claims for the best new consumer products across the aggressively growing mobile market. However, most of them come with similar kinds of specifications and features. There are very few in the market which can be called innovative.
In the year 2013, there are few handsets launched in the market that made consumers say "wow!" and represented game-changing or market-creating conditions for the manufacturers like Nokia, Samsung, LG, Apple, Sony and more.
There were others in the market too, which came out with sizzling devices with unique features to get into the mind of the consumers in order to cut through the noise of the tech titans. Like, Oppo, Micromax and SmartNamo which came out with the first of the smartphones with unique features to gain a unique position in the minds of the consumers and to become solid brands globally.
Today, GizBot has picked up 10 smartphones launched recently, each of them come equipped with a unusual feature to capture the audience's interest and carve out a market for themselves. Hit the slideshow below, to take a look at these piece of innovations in the mobile technology industry.
The 41 MP camera Smartphone
#1 Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020, the 41-megapixel camera phone which came out as a huge upgrade to the Finnish smartphone maker's former Windows Phone offering
Talking about other specifications, it uses a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual -core Snapdragon S4 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. As mentioned above, the rear back camera is amazin at 41MP with Auto Focus and LED Flash light. There's a 1.2-mega pixel wide angle front facing camera. The handset supports 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC and a 2000mAh Li Ion battery. The Lumia 1020 supports Wireless-charging and more.
The 5 MP front camera smartphone
#2 Lenovo Vibe X
Lenovo's latest offering to the Indian market Vibe X comes with a special 5MP front camera. Other features include, 5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display offering a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and 441 ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Mediatek MT6589T Quad-core Cortex A7 processor clocked to 1.5 GHz coupled with PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics and 2 GB RAM.
The smartphone runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and has 13 MP rear camera with LED flash. Connectivity options are quite regular with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AGPS and 3G support, 16GB of onboard storage capacity and The device draws its energy from a 2,000mAh battery.
All Buttons on the Back
#3 LG G2
The LG G2 has a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS Super LCD2 display having resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 443 ppi. It is powered by 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 at the back with advance imaging optics including Optical image stabilization (OIS) feature with Auto Focus and LED Flashlight. Also add a 2.1-mega pixel front facing camera. The devices measures 8.9mm thick in terms of thickness and weighs 143 grams. Other connectivity options include: 4G LTE-Advanced connectivity, IR Blaster, a 3000mAh Li Ion battery, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, NFC and miniUSB 2.0, among others.
Best part all the functional buttons of the phone include camera, volume control and more are at the back.
Curved Screen Smartphone
#4 Samsung Galaxy Round
Samsung first curved phone Galaxy Round has a bendable 5.7-inch Full HD display having 1080p resolution, 13-mega pixel rear facing camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, 2-mega pixel front facing camera, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM (expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card slot), 2,880mAh Li Ion battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Not Launched in India yet.
The Self healing back Smartphone
#5 LG G Flex
LG G Flex uses 6-inch 720p display (245 ppi pixel density) flexible P-OLED screen technology to allow for a dramatic curve on the horizontal axis, is between 7.9 and 8.7mm thick at various points. Powering the device is a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone also uses a premium 13MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash while the 2.1MP front facing snapper will take care of the video calling function and taking selfies. Connectivity features include, 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC. The smartphone that measures 160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 - 8.7mm and weighs 177g draws its energy from a 3,500 mAh battery.
Awaiting Market Release in India.
The 10X Optical Zoom Smartphone
#6 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
The highest zoom capable camera in the market, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and comes 4.3 inch with 540 x 960 p Super AMOLED capacitive multi touch, touchscreen display, Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and Pega-Dual +XMM6262 chip along with Mali-400 graphic, 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, microSD slot ( 64 GB), connectivity features including GPRS, SPEED, WLAN, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and MicroSD and 2330 mAh battery.
The Rotatable Swivel Camera
#7 Oppo N1
Oppo N1 is a uniquely designed smartphone powered by a quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with a clock speed of 1.7GHz. It also uses an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The N1 uses a full HD 5.9 inch display (resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels) that delivers 377 pixels per inch. It run's Oppo's home made Color OS, which is built on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. For internal storage, there are choices between a 16GB variant and a 32 GB variant. Oppos has give the device a generous a 3,610 mAh battery, allowing for some optimism when battery life is concerned. The Oppo N1 comes with the usual connectivity features, 5G WiFi, WiFi Direct, WiFi Display, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. Measure it and you'll come up with these dimensions : 170.7mm by 82.6mm by 9mm, along with a weight of 213g.
Not Launched in India yet.
The Biggest Screen Smartphone - 6.5 Inch
#8 SmartNamo Saffron Two
Saffron Two comes with a larger 6.5-inch Full HD display offering a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The device is powered by a same 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6589T processor coupled with 2GB RAM. It runs on upgradeable Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS. Both Saffron One and Two comes with the similar specs with the only difference being the display. Thus, even in this handset one can find a same 13 MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash with 1080p Full HD video recording facility and 5 MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options also remain the same with Dual SIM (3G + 3G) with Dual Standby, 3G (HSDPA: 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA 5.76 Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and aGPS. It features a 32GB internal storage capacity which is expandable up to 64GB. It weighs a bit more at 230 grams and is powered by same 3150mAh Polymer battery seen on Saffron One.
Blow to Unlock feature
#9 Micromax Canvas 4
The Micromax Canvas 4 A210 comes with a 5.0 inch 920 x 1080 pixel full HD Capacitive touchscreen Display with IPS and 16M colors, MT6589, quad core1.2 GHz MediaTek ARM Cortex A7 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32 GB, 13 MP rear camera and a massive 5 MP front camera, Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, dual-SIM support, dual standby, FM, 3.5mm Ear Jack, GPS, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, Wi-fi, USB, 2G, 3G, bluetooth 4.0, but no NFC. The new device comes with 2,000 mAh battery and has a aluminum casing.The best part, just blow at t he phone and it unlocks.
The 64 bit Processor
#10 Apple iPhone 5s
The iPhone 5S, is a classic looking device having a 4-inch Retina Display. Now it is powered by A7 chipset - based on 64-bit PC architecture. RAM stands at 1GB and 16GB/32GB/64GB of ROM comes out of the box. Apple iPhone 5S is 56 % faster than the original iPhone launched back in 2007. There's a dedicated chip called M7 for motion sensing activities. The addition of fingerprint sensor will surely appeal to enterprise segment. Apple has also made changes in the camera. The 8-mega pixel camera is said to be more advance. Dual LED flashlight is a welcome move. The rear back camera can record 720p HD movie in 120fps. The tech vendor also upgraded front facing camera.