India’s premium smartphone segment, which was the fastest in terms of growth last year, is the only segment expected to grow in 2020 as lockdowns and GST hikes have hit the broader market hard; with lower price sensitivities, the premium segment will be least impacted.
1. APPLE iPHONE 11 PRO MAX
The biggest iPhone in Apple’s lineup, the iPhone 11 Pro Max looks like an incremental upgrade over the iPhone XS Max but it brings some significant changes under the hood. There’s a triple camera setup at the back now, letting you choose between the Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto lenses.
The Camera app makes it seamless to pick one or the other, presenting the Ultra Wide camera as a 0.5x zoom, which is certainly an interesting perspective. All this is backed by improved HDR and a brand new Night Mode, which means you get excellent image and video quality in most conditions. For the first time in years, Apple’s phones not only compete, but often surpass the competition in terms of low light photography.
An area where Apple’s dominance has never really
been in doubt has been chip design, and the new Apple A13 Bionic chip continues
this tradition. From intensive gaming sessions to editing 4K videos on the go,
iPhone 11 Pro Max will handle everything you throw at it with ease, and then
some. There are significant
gains to be had in the battery life department
as well, and even users with the heaviest of workloads shouldn’t have a problem lasting a full day. Most typical
users will find the iPhone 11 Pro
Max is, in fact, capable of lasting up to two days on a single charge. iOS 13 brings a host of new features and the promise
of regular software updates.
2. SAMSUNG GALAXY S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20+ has received a new Aura Blue colour variant. The current options for the buyers include Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black, and Cosmic Gray. The new colour variant comes three months after the phone was launched by Samsung. The phone is a part of Samsung’s flagship S20 series that was unveiled in February. The new colour variant has currently been made available in the Netherlands. Previously, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ was also available in a Cloud White model in select markets including South Korea.
Samsung said that users now have more colour options to choose from when buying the Galaxy S20+ with the addition of Aura Blue model.While the Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, and Cosmic Black colour options were already there, a Cloud White colour option was also spotted on Samsung’s website in February. Moreover, there is a Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympic Edition smartphone as well that comes in Matte Gold colour. This phone is available only in Japan.
The new Aura Blue colour for Samsung Galaxy S20+ is currently available in the Netherlands. In India, the phone continues to be available in Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black, and Cosmic Gray colours. It is being sold only in a 8GB + 128GB (RAM + ROM) model is that is available for purchase for Rs. 77,999. The smartphone features a 6.7-inch QHD Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, runs Android 10 based One UI, and packs a 4,500mAh battery. The phone seems to have been preferred by millions of people because according to a report, it was the third best-selling Android smartphone in the world in the first quarter of the calendar year 2020. It captured a 1.7 percent market share globally.
3. ONEPLUS 8T PRO
OnePlus has been steadily climbing the ranks of the best smartphone makers. The OnePlus 8 series is the company’s latest release and, without doubt, it’s the best one yet.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is a flagship smartphone by OnePlus which sports a 6.78 QHD+ Fluid AMOLED touchscreen display. It is be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and up to 12GB of RAM. The device comes with proprietary Warp Charge 30T fast charging. Camera-wise the phone sports a triple-rear camera setup as well as a punch-hole front camera for clicking selfies. The OnePlus 8 Pro packs a 48 MP primary camera, a second 8 MP camera with an f/2.44 aperture and a pixel size of 1.0-micron; a third 48 MP camera, and a fourth 5 MP camera with an f/2.4 aperture. It has a 16 MP camera in the front for clicking selfies and making video calls. The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with face unlock for quick access. The OnePlus 8 Pro offers a new design approach than its predecessor the OnePlus 7T Pro. It uses 3D curved glass on both sides and sports a punch-hole camera drilled into the top left corner of the screen.
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup at the back and single punch-hole camera on the front for selfies. The primary camera is the new Sony IMX689 sensor with 48MP resolution and f/1.8 aperture. The camera takes 12MP photos by default using the pixel-binning technique. The OnePlus 8 Pro also has another 48MP ultrawide camera that lets you take detailed landscape shots, along with an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x hybrid zoom and a color filter lens for the Instagram-friendly photos. The OnePlus 8 Pro features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset which makes the device 5G-ready. The smartphone has a minimum of 8GB of RAM and a maximum of 12GB RAM. The RAM module is the latest LPDDR5. It runs on Android 10.0 based OxygenOS 10.0 OS. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 processor which is made with 7 nm+ technology. It has an octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) processor and Adreno 650 GPU. The phone comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage and could be launched in multiple memory variants.
4. SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10+
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ has a new design and features a new Infinity-O display with a hole for a front-facing camera. The Galaxy Note 10+ has the camera hole right in the centre, at the top of the display and we got used to the hole in a matter of hours. The display sports QHD+ resolution and has good viewing angles. The Galaxy Note 10+ boasts of Dolby Audio support and the stereo speakers do help to improve the content viewing experience.
While we loved the design of the Galaxy Note 10+, we found it to be a little big for our liking. The S Pen stylus has been improved and Samsung has added more features for it. You will now be able to interact with supported apps using the S Pen.
Samsung has picked the Exynos 9825 SoC to power the Galaxy Note 10+ and has paired it with 12GB of RAM. Given the hardware that the Note 10+ packs we found that nothing could slow the device down. We could multitask easily and the processor could launch all apps very quickly.
The Galaxy Note 10+ runs OneUI on top of Android 9 Pie and was running the latest security patch. There are quite a few apps from Samsung, Google and Microsoft preinstalled. Samsung offers a quad-camera setup and offers good camera performance in different lighting conditions.
The Galaxy Note 10+ sports a 4300mAh battery and is capable of delivering over a day and a half of battery life. The bundled 25W charger is quick to charge the phone completely in a little over an hour.
5. iPHONE SE2
Apple in April 2020 unveiled a new low-cost iPhone, the iPhone SE, which is a follow-up to the 2016 iPhone SE of the same name. The iPhone SE for 2020 takes its design cues from the iPhone , so this isn’t a return to the ultra-compact 4in design of the iPhone SE (2016), nor do we get the squared-off corners of the iPad Pro range – both of which were touted, and in some cases demanded, in the run up to the launch.
There’s only a single camera lens on the rear, and it keeps the Home button – so Touch ID is the order of the day rather than Face ID. Apple iPhone SE 2020 bears a 4.7 inches (11.94 cm) screen that has an IPS LED display. It offers a screen resolution of 750 x 1344 pixels that provides the screen with a density of 327ppi. Moreover, the brand has renewed the home button and touch id with this offering. It was previously eliminated after the iPhone X series. Apple iPhone SE 2020 is powered by an Apple A13 Bionic chipset. The chipset is the latest offering by the brand and holds a 2.65GHz Hexa-core processor to provide flawless performance. The smartphone is accompanied by 3GB RAM and a four-core Apple GPU to take care of the multitasking and graphical requirements respectively. The smartphone comes 64GB internal storage, which cannot be expanded any further. The operating system for SE 2020 is iOS v13.0. Coming to its connectivity features, the device features 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB 2.0. Mobile hotspot, Wi-Fi.