Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Options galore for replacement
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 chapter has been closed finally, after an explosive and rather short life span of the device. But for consumers, there really is no shortage of similar big screen phone options, across multiple price points. Samsung’s loss, is everyone else’s window of opportunity.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Price: Rs 70,000 onwards
Apple’s iPhone 7s is the logical alternative, with the fine combination of premium looks, top notch build quality and niggle-free performance. It runs the latest iOS 10 operating system and offers hardware level device encryption that makes the new iPhone much more secure as well. It runs the latest and most powerful 2.23GHz A10 Fusion chip with M10 motion co-processor. The 5.5-inch Retina display has a full HD resolution and the 3D touch feature which can come in handy for multi-taskers because it allows them to access certain app features from the app icon itself. The phone’s key attraction is the dual camera, which when paired with very competent algorithms, is one of the best smartphone cameras at present.
Google Pixel XL
Price: Rs 67,000 onwards
Google Pixel XL is not just a renamed Nexus device, but is an attempt by Google to showcase what a high-end Android smartphone should be like. Powered by Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with 4GB RAM, the phone comes in 32GB and 128GB variants. The phone’s big highlight is the newly designed Pixel launcher, the promise of regular and instant Google updates and the presence of artificial intelligence in the form of the Google Assistant. The phone’s 5.5-icnh display has a resolution of 2,560x1,440p and a layer of gorilla Glass 4 to protect it against scratches. This could very well be the expensive phone to buy right now.
Price: Rs 27,999
If you are looking for something that wouldn’t really burn a hole in your pocket, the OnePlus 3 is a good buy. The phone’s all metal finish and light form factor makes it a truly handy big screen (5.5-icnh full HD) phone. The phone runs on Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with a whopping 6GB RAM. It runs Android 6.0 with Oxygen OS. While it looks almost like plain Android UI, it offers a lot of exciting customisation options on the lines of Cyanogen OS. The handset offers 64GB internal storage and has a dependable 3,300mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi Max Prime
Xiaomi’s Mi Max Prime is an even bigger phone with a 6.4-inch display which packs in a resolution of 1,920x1,080p. Despite the mammoth screen size, it still feels more like a phone than a tablet. The metal clad exterior give it the aura of a premium flagship, while the light (203g) and sleek form factor (7.5mm) ensures the phone doesn’t feel unmanageable. The smartphone runs on Qualcomm’s robust Snapdragon 652 hexa-core processor with 4GB RAM. You get 128GB of internal storage which is unheard of at this price point. It runs Android 6.0 with a heavily customised MiUi over it.
LeEco LeMax 2
While the LeEco’s 5.7 inch display is not as big as the Mi Max, but offers a superior resolution of 2,560x1,440p. This makes it a slightly better bet for movie buffs and users who have subscribed for Netflix’s 4K service. The phone offers free content worth Rs 4,900 from Eros Now and Yupp TV, as well. The other big highlight is the lossless audio output in the proprietary CDLA headphones. Powering the phone is the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor that runs in the OnePlus 3 but paired with 3GB RAM. The on-board storage stands at 32GB. The phone’s runs Android 6.0 with a typical Chinese phone interface.