Apple iPhone X isn’t the first $1000 smartphone
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Flagship smartphones have always been about making the best experience available to users at any cost. Since price is no barrier, phonemakers do not have to compromise on any of the features. The recent advances in phone technology and the phonemakers’ desire to bring them to users are pushing the price of even flagships to a new high. The recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8, priced at Rs 67,900 ($1,060), and the upcoming iPhone X (expected to start at $1,000), are some of the recent examples of this new league of premium smartphones.
While many would frown at the high prices, one can’t overlook the fact that a lot of these flagships have some very unique features which you won’t get in a mid or even in many premium smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 has a lot going for it. For starters there is the huge 6.3-inch AMOLED screen packed in a smaller chassis and protected by the latest Gorilla Glass 5. The phone also comes with an improved S-Pen which can help users work faster on their smartphones. The Note 8 also runs on Samsung’s premium Exynos 8895 octa-core processor, offers dual camera with OIS in both of them and supports Samsung Pay.
Google Pixel XL
Rs 76,000 (now selling at Rs 63,000)
Pixel XL is a flagship smartphone that promises an unadulterated Android experience, top notch hardware, and assurance of timely Google updates. It offers 128GB storage, runs on a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor and offers a 5.5-inch display with resolution of 2,560x1,440p. Even after the new Pixel smartphones show up next month, this will remain a viable option.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Apple is not new when it comes to charging a premium price for its phones. The 256GB storage variant of the iPhone 7 Plus is deep into $1,000 territory. It offers a 5.5-inch Retina display, runs on the powerful Fusion A10 chipset, and offers dual cameras with aperture of f/1.7 and OIS (optical image stabilisation). It runs iOS 10.3 and is likely to receive iOS 11 update in a week’s time.
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe
For a relative newcomer Asus has built a strong portfolio of phones from Rs 5,000 to Rs 63,000. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the company’s most expensive smartphone till date. it comes with a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, runs on a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with 6GB RAM, and is the only Android smartphone which ahs 256GB internal storage. It has a 23-megapixle camera which supports OIS and can shoot 4K videos.