Apple iPhones you can buy right now
Apple has announced three new iPhones this year. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which succeed the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, will be available in India from 29 September. The iPhone X, which brings more new features to the table, will be available from 3 November at a starting price of Rs89,000. Its 256GB variant will cost Rs1,02,900.
The iPhone 8 (Rs64,000 onwards) and 8 Plus (Rs73,000 onwards) will also be available in 64GB and 256GB storage variants.
While the next iPhones hit the stores there is plenty of time to contemplate on your next smartphone. If you are really not planning on spending so much money, you can consider one of the existing iPhones, unless you are already using one of them.
iPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 Plus has a metal back, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a glass back, but has a similar shape and form-factor. It also offers a 5.5-inch display and has dual cameras with OIS (optical image stabilization). It is likely to get the latest iOS 11 update in a few days’ time. What differentiates the iPhone 7 Plus from its successor is the hardware. The former runs on A10 Fusion chipset and doesn’t support wireless charging. However, it is quite capable of handling all heavy tasks and games. If you are going for the entry-level variant, which offers 32GB, it can save you a lot of money. Its high-end variant with 256GB storage costs (Rs82,899), as much as the new iPhone 8 Plus.
If you are not really into big screens, the iPhone 7 with its 4.7-inch display is a pretty good option. It runs on the same Fusion A10 chipset used in the iPhone 7 Plus. Its entry-level variants offer 32GB of storage which is more than enough for casual users. It has a single camera with no OIS or optical zoom, but can take good-looking shots. It is likely to be updated to the iOS 11 in a few days’ time. It is also very handy and weighs just 138 grams.
If you are looking for more storage you can go for the 128GB variant. It still costs Rs10,000 less than the iPhone 8 (64GB).
iPhone 6s Plus
The iPhone 6s Plus is still around and it is still a viable option for users who are looking for a 5.5-inch screen smartphone for watching movies, typing and reading. It is not as powerful as the iPhone 7 Plus or the 8 Plus and runs on A9 chipset. However, it uses the same A7000 grade aluminium that has been used in iPhone 7 Plus. It supports fingerprint sensor, 3D touch and has a single camera. The only limitation is the 16GB storage. It is slated to get the iOS 11 too.
The iPhone 6s is a smaller sibling of the iPhone 6s Plus. They are pretty much similar in every way, except for the screen size. The 6s offers a 4.7-inch display and 32GB storage. What makes it a worthwhile alternative to the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 8 is the price. It will be updated to iOS 11 soon.
The iPhone SE is a revamped version of the iPhone 5 and 5s and has the same design and screen size, but ran on a superior A9 chipset which also powers the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and offers 32GB storage. With the 5 and 5s out of the picture, it is the only 4-inch screen smartphone that is still in production and the only iPhone that was assembled in India. The small screen makes it the most compact smartphone you can buy right now. It weighs just 109g. It is likely to get the iOS 11 update too.
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