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Globally, smartphone business have been growing in a massive manner. According to research firm Gartner, Indian market remains positive and strong with respect to mobile handset sales. As per the report from the research firm, the handset sale in India is expected to grow by 13.5% to reach 251 million in 2013 as compared to 221 million this year. Gartner attributes this impressive growth to mainly three factors - intensive competition, presence of multiple manufacturers and aggressive pricing.
Moreover, this has also made most of the smartphone manufacturers from China pretty interested in entering the sub-continent. So far there are close to a dozen of China-based smartphone makers including Gionee, ZTE, Alcatel, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Lenovo doing their business in India.
However, Samsung remains to be the best smartphone brand in the country. Since the brand offers a range of devices in almost all possible price range, it has managed to keep up the sales in the country. But the 2Q 2014 report from Samsung projected a pretty hurtful figures. It has reported net profit of 6.25 trillion Won ($6.1 billion) on revenues of 52.35 trillion won ($51.02 billion), down by 8.9% compared to the same quarter last year.
So far, according to the IDC report, by vendor, Samsung owns 30% of the shares in India which is followed by Micromax in the second place with 15% share and Karbonn with 10%.
But there are several handsets that could change the game in Indian market. Since there are several smartphones that are being rumored to launch soon, and also since these devices can be considered as the game changers, GizBot has come up with a line-up of 5 most awaited upcoming flagship devices.
You can check out the rumored specs of these latest devices in the sliders below:
As far as the specs are concerned, it's said that the screen of the Galaxy Note 4 won't be larger than the display of the Note 3, thus you might get to see the same 5.7 inches display.
However, the screen will boast of a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560. The next generation Galaxy Note device Note should come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM, a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, and possibly a front-facing camera of around 4 MP.
The Galaxy Alpha is expected to come with a 4.8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720-pixels. It will be powered by an octa-core Exynos 5433, paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of non-expandable storage.
In the imaging department, the phone is said to flaunt a 12MP rear-facing camera, alongside a 2MP front-facing shooter. The phone will run on Android 4.4 KitKat. Other highlighted features are as follows: 4G LTE support, a heart rate sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth v4.0 among others.
The Xperia Z3 can be expected to launch with a 5.15-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a full HD resolution. The smartphone should be powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2.5GHz quad-core processor and Adreno 330 graphics coupled with 3GB of RAM, along with 16GB of internal memory, paired with a microSD memory card slot for storage expansion purposes.
Sony Xperia Z3 should run under the Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system right from the start. As mentioned earlier, on the back, the handset will sport a 20.7-megapixel camera, most probably capable of recording videos in 4K resolution, the same as the Xperia Z2 does. A 2.1MP front camera for making video calls while on the go will also be included.
Like its predecessor (Ascend Mate 2), the Ascend Mate 3 will come with a 6.1-inch, but this one is Full HD display. The smartphone will be powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 920 chipset (four Cortex-A7 plus four Cortex-A15 cores) and Mali-T624 MP4 graphics chip coupled with either 2GB or 3GB RAM and it will run on Android 4.4.2 OS.
The recent leak also shows that the Ascend Mate 3 features 13MP Rear Camera, which will be capable of shooting video at 1080p resolution and a 5MP front facing shooter as well.
Alcatel's One Touch D820 can be expected to come with a 4.6-inch QHD display having a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440-pixels. It will be powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6795 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.
Moreover, the device is tipped to feature 7-megapixel cameras on both front and rear of the device. Notably, the rear camera is expected to be capable of recording 4K videos too, just like any other premium phones. The handset reportedly runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat out of box.