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Meet the flagship killers

Not so long back, the best specifications and features were reserved for the flagships or smartphones that would surely burn a hole in one’s pockets. Flagships from the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG or

  • Published: June 11, 2015 10:29 AM IST
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Not so long back, the best specifications and features were reserved for the flagships or smartphones that would surely burn a hole in one’s pockets. Flagships from the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG or Sony would boast the best specifications or features money could buy, but only a few could afford them. Now however times have changed and Chinese companies like OnePlus, Xiaomi to name a few, have changed the game by coming up with smartphones that boast high-end specs, but are priced less than half of these flagships. Also included in this group is Honor, which too has launched smartphones in India with features comparable to flagships, but at the same time won’t burn a hole in one’s pockets. Also Read - Honor Magic 3 flagship series with IMAX video recording, Snapdragon 888 SoC launched: Price, specs

To get a better idea of this scenario, let’s take a look at some flagship smartphones that are priced north of the Rs 40,000 mark. These include the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Motorola Moto Turbo, HTC One M9+, and the LG G4 to name a few. A list of specifications follows. Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report

Features Samsung Galaxy S6 LG G4 Motorola Moto Turbo HTC One M9+
Dimensions 143.4×70.5×6.8mm 148.9×76.1×6.3mm 143.5×73.3×8.3mm 150.9×71.9×9.6mm
Weight 138 grams 155 grams 176 grams 168 grams
Display 5.1-inch QHD 5.5-inch QHD 5.2-inch QHD 5.2-inch QHD
Processor Exynos 7420 octa-core Snapdragon 808 hexa-core Snapdragon 805 quad-core MediaTek MT6795T octa-core
RAM 3GB 3GB 3GB 3GB
Storage 32/64/128GB 32GB (expandable) 64GB 32GB (expandable)
Rear Camera 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 21-megapixel 20-megapixel (Duo Camera)
Front Camera 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 2-megapixel 4-Ultrapixel
Battery 2,550mAh 3,000mAh 3,900mAh 2,840mAh
Connectivity LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 Dual-SIM, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Android OS 5.0.2 Lollipop 5.1 Lollipop 5.0.2 Lollipop Lollipop (HTC Sense)
Price Rs 40,900 Rs 49,999 Rs 41,999 Rs 46,800

While the list of specifications and features are tempting, it is the last row that will act as a deterrent for many. As mentioned above however, the likes of Honor, OnePlus and Xiaomi among others have introduced what are also called as ‘flagship killers’. These smartphones essentially boast specifications and features that can compete to an extent with the flagships, but are priced way lower. A comparison table follows. Also Read - Honor Band 6 takes on Redmi Watch in India, gets listed on Flipkart

Features Honor 6 Plus OnePlus One Xiaomi Mi 4
Dimensions 150.5×75.7×7.5mm 152.9×75.9×8.9mm 139.2×68.5×8.9mm
Weight 165 grams 162 grams 149 grams
Display 5.5-inch 1080p 5.5-inch 1080p 5-inch 1080p
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 925 octa-core Snapdragon 801 quad-core Snapdragon 801 quad-core
RAM 3GB 3GB 3GB
Storage 16GB (expandable) 16/64GB 16/64GB
Rear Camera Dual 8-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Front Camera 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 8-megapixel
Battery 3,600mAh 3,100mAh 3,080mAh
Connectivity LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
Android OS KitKat (Emotion UI 3.0) KitKat (CM OS 12) KitKat (MIUI 5)
Price Rs 26,499 Rs 21,998 Rs 21,999

While these smartphones may not be able to compete spec-by-spec with the flagships, they do include features that can put them on the same plain as their more expensive rivals. The likes of the Honor 6 Plus also comes with features that are unique and not something you would find on the aforementioned smartphones.

This includes the bionic parallel dual-lens 8-megapixel camera at the back. The camera offers the fastest focus — within 0.1 seconds — and depth recording for panoramic imaging. With Vision Camera technology and the help of its dual camera lens, the amount of light-in and the photosensitive area is twice the light-in captured by single-lens; this gives clearer and precise results under low-light giving it a HDR effect. Moreover, the Honor 6 Plus also offers an 8-megapixel front camera with Sony BSI sensor. It is equipped with 10-level auto face enhancement and ‘Panoramic Selfie’.

The smartphone also features a massive 3,600mAh battery with power saving technology 2.5. This makes the battery 30 percent more efficient, and fully-charged, it will last over 2.81 days for ordinary users, whereas heavy users will be able to use it for over 1.25 days.

Huawei’s “Smart Power” battery-saving patented technology includes background power-consuming process reminder, situational awareness, unified heartbeat technology, and dynamic power control technology among others. Under super power-saving mode, the battery will last for more than 24 hours on 10 percent charge.

Honor launched the 6 Plus earlier this year, priced at Rs 26,499 and it is available on Flipkart. The company also launched the Honor 4X alongside, priced at Rs 10,499. Recently, the company also launched the Honor 4C, priced at Rs 8,999.

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  • Published Date: June 11, 2015 10:29 AM IST


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