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The flagships have arrived

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- MAMINA SHRESTHA

Aug 8, 2017-

In the last couple of months, five flagship phones have arrived in Nepal. Everybody has had their eyes on what the heavy hitters have brought out into the market and you probably can’t wait to pounce upon your favourite phone. But, are these gadgets what you need right now? Here’s an overview of why you want them and also maybe why you don’t.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been praised all over the world for its aesthetic supremacy, many claiming it to have the design that has set a milestone. After the Note 7 fiasco, the sole responsibility of bringing Samsung out of the throes of an existential crisis was on the S8’s shoulders. And, the S8 has been able to win over hearts of many for its industry-leading hardware design.

 

 

Key Specifications:

  • 5.8 inch (18.5:9 aspect ratio) QHD+ Super AMOLED Display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection (both front and back)
  • OctaCore Exynos 8895 Processor; Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM with expandable 64GB ROM
  • 12MP, f/1.7, 26mm Rear Camera with LED flash, OIS, dual pixel auto-focus; simultaneous 4k video and 9MP photo shoot, 4k@30fps, 1080p@60/30fps, 720p@240fps
  • 8MP, f/1.7 Front Camera (dual pixel auto-focus); 1440p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
  • Iris Scanner, heart rate + SpO2 sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and barometer
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 3000 mAh Battery with adaptive fast charging, wireless charging
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Dual SIM support
  • Color Option: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue
  • Price: Rs. 88,900

 

The Pros

  • Beautiful and efficient design and display
  • Top-notch performance
  • Fast charging and wireless charging option
  • Fingerprint recognition, Face unlock, iris scanner
  • Amazing camera features

The Cons

  • Performance of Bixby (smart assistant)
  • Iris scanner not good enough
  • Offers very less screen on time for a phone of this standard
  • Questionable breakability of the all-glass design

 

 

iPhone 7 plus

Launched in September 2016, this is another major flagship phone currently available in the Nepali market. Battling a wide range of Android smartphones, this comes in as a warrior from another family: Apple. iPhone 7 Plus has been lauded as an impressive member of the iPhone family as it features improvements in terms of display, battery life and camera; hereby, dramatically improving the important aspects of the iPhone experience.

 

 

Key Specifications:

  • 5.5 Retina HD display with LED-backlit widescreen
  • Quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor, iOS 10 Operating System
  • 3GB RAM with 32/128/256GB not expandable storage
  • 12MP, Wide-angle(28mm): f/1.78, Telephoto(56mm): f/2.8 Dual rear camera with Quad-LED True Tone flash, Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x, auto-focus, 4K video recording at 30 fps with Quad-LED True Tone flash; 1080p HD video recording@30 fps or 60 fps, 720p HD@30 fps
  • 7MP, f/2.22 Front Camera (dual pixel auto-focus); 1440p@30fps, 1080p@30fps or 60fps, Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 6x
  • Touch ID fingerprint, Barometer, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light
  • 2900mAh non removable battery
  • IP67 water and dust resistance
  • Dual SIM support
  • Color Option: Red, Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black
  • Price: Rs 1,13,000 (32GB), Rs 127000 (128GB),  Rs 138000 (256GB)

 

The Pros

  • Built to the usual sky-high standards
  • Top-notch performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Improved cameras and camera features

 

The Cons

  • No notable display improvement (still only Full HD)
  • No headphone jack is divisive
  • Could have had better low light camera performance
  • Expensive

 

 

Xiaomi Mi6

Among a list of the emerging brands that are gaining popularity gradually, Xiaomi has also created a mark for itself. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has stated that Mi6 is the culmination of their seven years of research and development. He has further added that Mi6 is a thorough refinement of the company pushing their boundaries in terms of design and technology. Released only this August in Nepal, Xiaomi Mi6 is all set for battle.

 

 

Key Specifications:

  • 5.15-inch (1920×1080 pixels) Full HD display
  • 2.45GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 6GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • 64GB/128GB (UFS) onboard storage
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with MIUI 8
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • Splash resistant
  • 12+12MP Dual rear camera
  • First Camera with 1.25µm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, 4K video recording
  • Second Camera with 1.0 µm pixel size, 52mm portrait lens, f/2.6 aperture
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0,GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3350mAh battery
  • Colors: Blue, Black, White
  • Price: Rs 54,999

 

The Pros

  • Smooth and powerful performance
  • Generous 6GB RAM
  • Under glass fingerprint reader
  • Splash Resistant
  • Seamlessly integrated dual camera setup

 

The Cons

  • Not an innovative design
  • Not water resistant or dust proof
  • Weak sunlight legibility
  • Limited production
  • No headphone jack

 

 

OnePlus 5

The Chinese company has been winning hearts all across the globe even with only a few devices under its wings. The performance and features that their first release offered at half the price of other flagship phones gave it the title of a “flagship killer”. After three years and four devices, OnePlus 5 has recently been launched by the company. Though this new phone holds close similarity, in terms of looks, with its predecessors: One Plus 3 and One Plus 3T, it has also a lot more to offer.

 

 

Key Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch, full HD Optic AMOLED display
  • Android v7.1.1 Nougat with Oxygen OS
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB Internal Storage
  • Rear-facing cameras: 16MP Sony IMX398 sensor with f/1.7 aperture and EIS + 20MP Sony IMX350 sensor with f/2.6 aperture
  • Dual LED flash on the rear
  • Front-facing camera: 16MP Sony IMX371 sensor with f/2.0 aperture
  • 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor (0.2 seconds)
  • Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, Dual SIM
  • Color(s) available: Midnight Black, Slate Gray
  • Price: Rs 59,500 

 

The Pros

  • Ergonomic design, high-end metal build and vibrant display
  • Silky smooth performance
  • Refined OxygenOS
  • Impressive dual camera setup

 

 The Cons

  • Not water resistant or dust proof
  • Uses USB-C 2.0 with slower data transfer rate
  • Weak sunlight legibility

 

 

Huawei P10 Plus

Undoubtedly, Huawei has been garnering a lot of positive response from the Nepali market in the past few months by catering to the customer needs here ranging from high-end users to the general users. Released in June in Kathmandu, the Huawei P10 Plus brandishes its cameras as its main selling point. Let’s see what really has to offer.

 

 

Key Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch (1440 x 2560) display with 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • EMUI 5.1 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 Chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
  • Mali-G71 MP8 GPU
  • 64GB/4GB RAM, 128GB/6GB RAM, Expandable up to 256GB
  • Dual 20MP(Monochrome) + 12MP(Color), f/1.8, OIS, Leica optics, phase detection autofocus
  • 8MP Front Facing Camera with f/1.9 aperture
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • USB Type C
  • Fingerprint Sensor, gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor.

 

The Pros

  • Much improved software
  • Great, versatile camera
  • Fast and smooth performance
  • Thin, well-built body
  • The Cons
  • No oleo phobic coating makes the screen a smudge magnet
  • Poor standby time
  • Not water-resistant
  • Mediocre speakers

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Published: 08-08-2017 08:56

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