If you are looking for a new smartphone, this is the perfect time to upgrade. With the holiday season coming up, you could get some really good deals.
2015 has been the year of smartphones. The tech lovers have had a visual treat throughout the year with so many new phones being launched in the market. All the big players like Apple, Samsung, Motorola and One Plus have come out with top notch devices in this time of cut-throat competition and they are here to stay. From phablets to small sized phones, this has been the year of flagship devices, with each company trying to better the other.
1. iPhone 6S
"The only thing that's changed is everything".
This was the tagline when Apple launched their flagship devices iPhone 6S/6S Plus and do they mean it; well that's still debatable. The iPhone 6S takes its design inspiration from the previous generation iPhone 6 as they look identical.
Apple has made some much needed structure changes in the hardware with some major additions in software.The iPhone 6S is made from aircraft grade 7000 aluminium alloy which makes it very sturdy. So bye bye Bendgate. With an advanced A9 chip and an increased RAM, this phone comes with the highlight feature of 3D Touch .
Tech Specs: (A9 Chip 64 BIT, 2GB RAM, 4.7 Inches, 32/64/128GB Non-Expandable Memory, 13MP, 5MP Cameras) - ₹62,500
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 5
After being continuously criticized for their build quality and laggy Touchwiz, Samsung finally woke up and have released their best smartphone yet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Made from glass and held together by sturdy aluminium, this device looks absolutely stunning.
The Note 5 retains a lot of features from it's smaller cousin, Galaxy S6 but with the addition of an S Pen and a Quad HD display. With an Octa Core Processor and 4GB RAM , multi-tasking on this phone is a cakewalk. However, it does raises some concerns with the lack of expandable storage and a non-removable battery.
Tech Specs: ( Octa-core Exynos 7420 Processor, 4GB RAM, 5.7 Inches, 32/64GB Non-Expandable Memory, 16MP, 5MP Cameras) - ₹49,900
3. Huawei Nexus 6P
The Nexus devices were the most anticipated Android devices this year as they are famous for their stock android look and early updates. Google launched two flagship devices this year namely Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X.
The Nexus 6P is the more premium of the two, made entirely from aluminium. Powered by an Octa Core processor and Adreno 430 GPU , this phone looks strong on the spec sheet. The latest addition to this phone has been a fingerprint sensor known as the ' Nexus Imprint '.
Tech Specs: (Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processor , 3GB RAM, 5.7 Inches, 32/64/128 GB Non-Expandable Memory, 12.3MP, 8MP Cameras) - ₹39,999
4. One Plus 2
Called as the "Flagship Killer" , a lot was expected from the One Plus 2 owing to the success of its predecessor - the One Plus One. Certainly not a flagship killer with the competition around, this phone still manages to please the audiences with it's performance and looks.
Borrowing a similar design language from the One Plus One, this phone now has a physical home button and houses an Octa Core processor with 4GB RAM. It has a fingerprint sensor and operates on it's version of android known as the Oxygen OS . The invite system still stays, which is quite annoying.
Tech Specs: (Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa Core Processor, 4GB RAM, 5.5 Inches, 64GB Non-Expandable Memory, 13MP, 5MP Cameras ) - ₹24,999
5. Moto X Style
Motorola launched 3 devices this year with Moto X Style being the premium one. This phone certainly manages to feel like the most elegant of the cheap-good smartphones that have come out this year. The metallic ring and textured back provide a wonderful grip.
It has a stylish design , much-improved camera and expandable memory as well. Powered by a Hexa Core processor it only falls marginally short of the competition. It houses an absolutely gorgeous Quad HD display with a stock Android look.
Tech Specs: (Qualcomm Snapdragon Hexa Core Processor, 3GB RAM, 5.7 Inches, 16GB Expandable Memory, 21MP, 5MP Cameras ) - ₹29,999
6. LG V10
After the success of it's flagship G4, LG has came out with a stronger and a better looking LG V10. This phone is made with a stainless steel frame and a plastic-based material which comes with a drop compliant shock protection .
The back features a grid-like pattern that looks good. The V10 houses a secondary display and a dual front-facing camera setup. It also includes a fingerprint reader in the power button. Although, it comes with 64GB of internal storage, you can expand it upto 2TB. Wow!
Tech Specs: (Qualcomm Snapdragon Hexa Core Processor, 4GB RAM, 5.7 Inches, 64GB Expandable Memory, 16MP, 5MP Cameras ) - ₹46,999 (Expected)
7. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
When Sony launched the Z5 family of phones, the Xperia Z5 Premium created quite a buzz as it possesses an Ultra HD 4k display. It comes with a familiar feature of being dust and water-proof. Like the Note 5, this device is also made of glass and is a fingerprint magnet.
The handset is powered by a Octa Core processor paired with 3GB RAM. The finger print sensor is cleverly placed on the side power button making it easier to access. It has a 23MP camera which is capable of shooting upto 4K videos .
Tech Specs: (Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa Core Processor, 3GB RAM, 5.5 Inches, 32GB Expandable Memory, 23MP, 5MP Cameras ) - ₹58,000
8. Microsoft Lumia 950XL
Microsoft is back and this time it has 2 devices to offer. Say hello to Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL. These phones look quite impressive on the spec sheet but do they really have it in them to beat the tough competition around?
Launched with Windows 10 , the Lumia 950XL welcomes you with a Quad HD display and an Octa Core processor under the hood. The back is made from a plastic poly-carbonate shell. The device also features liquid cooling and a USB Type-C port which is a good step by Microsoft.
Tech Specs: (Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa Core Processor, 3GB RAM, 5.7 Inches, 32GB Expandable Memory, 20MP, 5MP Cameras ) - ₹43,000 (Expected)
9. HTC One M9
A lot was expected from HTC when they released the M9. Even though it's a beautiful phone, it's hard to say whether it will be able to survive the competition or not. It has superb BoomSound front facing speakers and a neat, slick UI.
The One M9, by comparison, goes head to head with the redesigned Galaxy S6. It has a speedy Octa Core processor with improved cameras. An all metal design , it still maintains the premium One series look. But frankly it just looks as if the M7 and M8 had a baby.
Tech Specs: (Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa Core Processor, 3GB RAM, 5.2 Inches, 32GB Expandable Memory, 20MP, 4MP Cameras ) - ₹40,000
10. Blackberry Priv
Blackberry has returned and this time with an android powered device called 'Priv'. This device is suppose to get the company back into the limelight, but does anybody still care about them? For those who do, the Priv does seems like a premium device.
The most striking feature is the slide up design and a physical QWERTY keyboard . The screen is gorgeous with a Quad HD display and is c oated in Corning Gorilla Glass 4 . The phone runs on Android Lollipop while still retaining some of the Blackberry features.
Tech Specs: (Qualcomm Snapdragon Hexa Core Processor, 3GB RAM, 5.4 Inches, 32GB Expandable Memory, 18MP, 2MP Cameras ) - ₹47,000 (US Price)
Here are some other devices which are definitely worth buying as well: One Plus X, Moto X Play, Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, Moto G, Asus Zenfone 2 and LG G4.
DISCLAIMER: These suggestions are purely based on research done by the writer. ScoopWhoop does not endorse any of these phones or components.