Here’s a look back at the biggest flagship smartphone launches of the year 2017.
One of the biggest smartphone launch of the year is Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone, iPhone X. The smartphone comes in two storage variants — 64GB and 256GB. While the former is priced at Rs 89,000, the latter costs Rs 1,02,000, making it the first iPhone in India to cross the Rs 1 lakh mark.
Launched along with the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus run on the same 10nm A11 Bionic chipset with a 6-core processor. Like iPhone X, both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus too come in two storage option — 64GB and 256GB. The 64GB iPhone 8 variant is priced at Rs 64,000, while 256GB variant costs Rs 73,000. As for the iPhone 8 Plus, the 64GB is priced at Rs 77,000 and the 256GB version costs Rs 86,000.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are Samsung’s flagship smartphones for the year 2017. The smartphones debuted the company’s home-grown Bixby digital assistant. Other highlights of the smartphone include bezel-less ‘Infinity’ Display, iris scanner with facial recognition functionality. The handsets recently received price cuts in India with the S8 now available at Rs 53,900, while the Galaxy S8+ now selling at Rs 58,900. Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus (64GB variant) were launched at Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900 respectively making it a price
Another big smartphone launch of the year is Samsung’s flagship phablet Galaxy Note 8. Galaxy Note 8 is the first smartphone from the company to sport a dual-rear camera setup. The rear camera includes two 12MP sensors, while the first one is a wide angled lens with f/1.7 aperture, the secondary camera includes a telephoto zoom lens with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, there is an 8MP selfie shooter with f/1.7 aperture.
Successor to Google’s Pixel series smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones that launched last year, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come in two storage options. The Pixel 2 is priced at Rs 61,000 and Rs 70,000 for the 64GB and 128GB storage variants respectively in India and the bigger-screen Pixel 2 XL will cost Rs 73,000 for 64GB variant and Rs 82,000 for the 128GB storage models.
Like last year, OnePlus launched two flagship smartphones in 2017 too.. OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. While OnePlus 5 launched in July this year, the Chinese smartphone brand launched OnePlus 5T late last month. OnePlus 5T shares several similarities with OnePlus 5 including key specs such as processor, storage, RAM, front camera and battery as well as price.
Nokia 8 is HMD Global’s most expensive smartphone to launch in the year 2017. Priced at Rs 36,999, the smartphone is the first from Nokia to sport a dual rear camera setup. Another first for the Nokia 8 is that it comes with ‘Bothie’ or Dual-Sight mode. This Dual-Sight simultaneously connects both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual and works for both photos and videos.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is the first bezel-less smartphone from the Chinese smartphone maker to launch in India. The smartphone sports a price tag of Rs 35,999, making it the most premium smartphone to launch in India so far. The handset was designed in collaboration with French designer Phillipe Starck, who also designed its predecessor, the Mi Mix
Priced at Rs 51,990, the biggest feature of the HTC U11 are its ‘squeezable bezels’. The smartphone comes with eight sensors on the side bezels to register the squeeze. These sensors are integrated with the Edge Sense and lets users long press to launch any app. The feature can be customized by modifying settings. The U11 is also the first smartphone from the company to come with dual digital assistants — Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant.
At the time of its India launch, the Sony Xperia XZ1 was one of the first non-Google smartphones with Android 8.0 out of the box, making it one of the highlights of the device. Another much talked about feature is its 3D scanning mode that lets the device capture high-resolution 3D images of an object.Priced at Rs 44,990, the Sony Xperia XZ1 boasts a 5.2-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels)
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