10 best smartphones launched recently in India

Looking for a new smartphone? Then your search is over, as we bring to you the 10 hottest smartphones launched in the country in the past couple of months.

Whether you want to spend less than Rs 6,000 or more than Rs 40,000 on your next smartphone, we have enough options to cover all price points. And we have you covered on features too, giving you sufficient options on criteria like best screen quality, camera features, battery life, etc.
So, take a look at our pick of the 10 best


OnePlus 2 – Rs 24,999

OnePlus 2, which has been priced at Rs 24,999 for the 64GB variant, recently went on sale. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch Full HD screen and runs on the company’s Android 5.1 (Lollipop)-based OxygenOS software. Powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB RAM, the new smartphone has an integrated fingerprint sensor and metallic frame.

On the back of OnePlus 2 is a 13MP rear camera with laser autofocus and dual-tone dual-LED flash, while the front camera has 5MP resolution. The connectivity suite of this dual-sim smartphone consists of 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB Type C. It has a 3,300mAh battery and currently comes only in sandstone finish, though the company will soon release four more back panels.

Asus Zenfone Selfie – Rs 15,999

Asus Zenfone Selfie is the company’s new affordable handset for those who love to take self-portraits. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, Android 5.0 (Lollipop)-based ZenUI, 1.7GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB and 3GB RAM options, and 32GB of internal storage and microSD card support.

The new Asus Zenfone Selfie has a 13MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and dual-tine, dual-LED flash on the front, while a 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser autofocus and dual-tone dual-LED flash is on the back. Connectivity suite of the smartphone is pretty standard: 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0. Its battery capacity is rated at 3,000mAh and prices start at Rs 15,999.

Lenovo K3 Note – Rs 9,999

Lenovo K3 Note sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.7GHz 64-bit MediaTek octa-core processor and 2GB RAM. the phone comes with 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot for expansion (up to 32GB).

The K3 Note runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features Lenovo’s Vibe UI skin on top. The phablet sports a 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera.

In terms of connectivity options, the K3 Note supports both FDD 1800MHz (Band 3) & TDD 2300MHz (Band 40) 4G LTE bands in addition to 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The phone is a dual-sim device with the second sim card slot offering support for 2G. It comes with a replaceable 3000mAh battery.

Moto G (Gen 3) – Rs 11,999

The new Moto G smartphone comes in two variants: one featuring 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and priced at Rs 11,999, and the other with 16GB in-built storage, 2GB RAM and Rs 12,999 price tag. Both models are IPx7 certified, meaning they are resistant to water damage up to 30 minutes (maximum depth of 1 metre).

Moto G (Gen 3) comes with a 5-inch IPS screen with 720x1280p resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection and runs on the 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB RAM. The smartphone supports 4G network on both sim slots and microSD cards for storage expansion and is powered by Android 5.1 (Lollipop).

For imaging, the latest iteration of Moto G smartphone comes with 13MP rear camera with colour-balancing, dual-LED flash and wide-angle 5MP front camera for selfies. The battery capacity of the smartphone is 2,470mAh, which lasts 20% more than the second-generation Moto G’s 2,070mAh battery.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser – Rs 9,999

Zenfone 2 Laser is the only smartphone under Rs 10,000 that comes with a laser autofocus camera. This dual-sim smartphone has a 5.5-inch HD (720p) screen with Gorilla Glass 4 and is powered by Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 2GB and 3GB RAM options. It has 16GB internal storage, and can support up to 128GB via microSD card; Asus is also offering 100GB of free Google Drive space for 2 years. It runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with a new version of Asus ZenUI.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser sports a 13MP rear camera with laser Auto Focus for 0.3 second focus time and dual-LED flash, along with a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies. The phone, which has a 3000mAh battery, supports 3G, Wi-Fi (including 802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and A-GPS.

The company also plans to release a 6-inch display version of this smartphone.

LG G4 – Rs 40,000

LG’s flagship smartphone, G4 was unveiled globally in April and sports a 5.5-inch QHD (2560x1440p) IPS display and comes in leather-finish back cover in three colour options. Powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor and 3GB RAM, the smartphone has 32GB storage and is compatible with microSD cards for expansion.

The phone comes with a 16MP rear camera with f1.8 aperture and OIS 2.0, and an 8MP front-facing camera. It has a 3000mAh removable battery. The phone supports 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac and GPS connectivity options.

LG recently gave the handset a price cut. Post the price drop, LG G4 is available at Rs 40,000, while leather back version of the phone at Rs 45,000.

Samsung Galaxy A8 – Rs 32,500

Samsung’s thinnest smartphone yet, Galaxy A8 measures 5.9mm in thickness and has been priced at Rs 32,500.

The new Galaxy A8 sports a 5.7-inch Full HD (1080x1920p) Super AMOLED display and runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop)-based TouchWiz UI. Powered by a 1.5GHz 64-bit Snapdragon octa-core processor and 2GB RAM, the phone comes in 16 and 32GB storage options, with a microSD card slot for expansion.

Samsung Galaxy A8 features a 16MP ISOCELL rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera similar to the one in Galaxy S6. The phone comes with a 3,050mAh battery and sports a fingerprint scanner integrated in the Home button. In terms of connectivity, the phone supports 3G, 4G (both FDD LTE and TDD LTE), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB 2.0 and GPS

YU Yureka Plus – Rs 8,999

YU’s new Yureka Plus is essentially the same as the slightly older Yureka model, but has two key differences: the screen resolution and Android version. It was launched in mid July at Rs 9,999, but a fortnight later Amazon (which is YU’s exclusive sales partner) is now crediting users’ accounts with Rs 1,000 for every model purchased. Thus, this brought the effect price of the smartphone to Rs 8,999.

Compared to Yureka’s HD (720x1920p) screen, Yureka Plus has a Full HD (1080x1920p) display resolution, which means it packs more pixels on the same screen size. Moreover, it comes with Android 5.0 (Lollipop)-based CM12 (Cyanogen) software, whereas the software skin in Yureka is based on Android 4.4 (KitKat); however, Yureka is upgradeable to Android 5.0 as well.

Other key features of Yureka Plus include: 64 bit 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, up to 128GB storage expansion, 13MP rear camera (f2.2 aperture), 5MP front camera, 4G support, and 2,500mAh battery.

Xolo Black – Rs 12,999

Indian brand Xolo has a launched a new model named Black under a new eponymous smartphone range at Rs 12,999, available exclusively on Flipkart. The smartphone’s USPs are the dual rear cameras and LED flash for the selfie camera.

Xolo Black sports a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080p) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and runs on HIVE UI, Xolo’s custom UI based on Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Powered by the 64-bit Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor and 2GB RAM, the smartphone comes with 16GB internal storage, and has provision for microSD cards of up to 32GB via microSD cards.

The 13M+2MP rear camera setup of the new Black smartphone is to deliver the Depth of Field effect to photos. Its front camera has 5MP resolution and is backed by a soft LED flash. The new Xolo smartphone comes with a 3,200mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 1.0 for faster charging and supports 4G LTE, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

Micromax Canvas Xpress 2

Micromax’s Canvas Xpress 2 sports a 5-inch HD (720x1280p) IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and is priced at Rs 5,999. The Android 4.4 (KitKat) smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor with 1GB RAM and comes with 8GB internal storage (almost 5GB is usable). The phone features a microSD card slot to expand storage.

The all-new Canvas Xpress 2 smartphone sports a 13MP rear camera that supports Full HD video capture and is accompanied by a dual LED flash. It has a 2MP front-facing camera for selfies. The dual-sim phone supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio and GPS but doesn’t support 4G; its battery capacity is 2,500mAh.

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