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Handpicked! Best Smartphone 2018 India For All Price Range
If you are seeking the best smartphone 2018 which is offering high value for the money you are planning to spend, you have come to the right article. Because this post curates the list of best value-for-money smartphones for all ranges. Further, this article is updated every month to accommodate new releases and discard old smartphones.
One thing we all have noticed is that the smartphone industry is bursting with frequent multiple smartphone releases every week. These launches are further assisted with brand and product marketing, hence sometimes, the buyer gets drifted away in buying overpriced smartphones. The Insightrr is the fastest-growing blog covering all the mobile processors (System-on-chips) powering various smartphones in the market.
For the uninformed, the mobile processors (also called as SoC) is the heart of any computing device. Basically, SoC integrates all the semiconductor elements to enable functions like photography, gaming, app-usage, video playback, etc. This post curates the best smartphones based on the SoC features and performance prospects for various smartphone segments (high-end/mid-range/entry-level).
Before diving in, do know the selection criteria on which the following smartphone lists is made:
Availability In India
Powerful and energy-efficient SoC aspects
Latest / Running models (no 2-year-old models)
Brand Perception & Custom Support
Only base variants (for e.g. modest variants are enlisted, however, buyers can select required variants)
High-End segment smartphones are also called as flagship or premium smartphones as they employ expensive hardware configuration and designs. These smartphones in India can cost in the range of 35,000 to 1 Lac INR (India Rupees), the iPhone X 256 GB variant costs about 1 Lac, rest high-end Android phones have the price limit up to 70,000 (Samsung’s flagship models).
These smartphones are powered by the high-end mobile chipset (SoCs) such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, Snapdragon 845, Huawei’s Kirin 970, Apple’s A11 Bionic chip, and MediaTek’s Helio X30 (which didn’t find any success in the overseas market, only limited to Chinese region)
Apple A11 Bionic (60,000 – 1,000,00 INR)
The following iOS smartphones are powered by the Apple’s own in-house designed processors called the A11 Bionic SoC. The A11 Bionic chip integrates a dedicated NPU (neural processing unit) to enable AI functions such as AI photography, secure face-unlock features, etc. It also integrates a custom-designed GPU. As per the benchmark test, the A11 crushed the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, Huawei’s Kirin 970.
Further, iPhone users enjoy the Apple perks such as iOS and associated apps optimization, excellent photography, and high computing features.
From the performance points (benchmark) perspective, the Snapdragon 845 is slightly behind the Apple A11 Bionic. However, the Qualcomm’s flagship chipset has become a standard for flagship Android smartphone by powering more flagships that its predecessor (Snapdragon 835).
Further, the key USP of the Snapdragon 845 is the high grate LTE cellular modem for enhanced connectivity experience, the Adreno GPU, and Hexagon DPS which bring life-like photos together with the Spectra ISP. The Snapdragon chip line-up being a commercial chip is powering many smartphones. The Snapdragon 845 chipset enables a powerful performance with an energy efficient balance.
Huawei smartphones are relatively new to the Indian market, however, Huawei’s innovative technologies are building a powerful brand and imparting high confidence in new territories. Huawei and Samsung’s chips use ARM stock GPU IP cores which are not up to the mark compared to Qualcomm’s Adreno GPUs. However, Huawei and Samsung are thinking to design custom GPUs soon for their chipset line-up.
The Kirin 970 chip is the most advanced processor from Huawei as it integrates a larget NPU than the A11 Bionic. Dedicated NPUs boosts AI applications and brings overall performance efficiencies. For instance, the Kirin 970’s NPU brought advancement in the photography features in the Huawei P20 smartphone, which is currently at the top in photography benchmark rankings.
Samsung is one of the leading global semiconductor company which has set its footprints in various business verticles. Exynos series SoC make use of Samsung’s memory and storage expertise and blends ARM CPUs and custom-designed CPUs to bring exceptional features to its flagship smartphone line-up.
The Samsung Exynos 9810 built on the second-generation 10nm process node brings improvement in power consumption and performance. Overall, Exynos 9810 is a powerful processor for photography and CPU-intensive tasks, however, it is outrun by other smartphones due to its slightly weak GPU implementation.
Traditionally there were just three smartphone segments namely High-End, Mid-Range, Entry-Level. Now the SoC manufacturers have carved off a new tier between High-End and Mid-Range segment. These SoCs are designed to serve sub-premium or “upper mid-range” smartphones. The SoC integrates nearly high-end features but costs lesser than the high-end SoCs.
Sub-premium segment smartphones are also called as upper mid-range smartphones as they implement new sub-premium chipsets such as Snapdragon 710, Helio P60, Kirin 710, and Snapdragon 660. These chipsets power the lite versions of the flagship smartphones, for instance, Snapdragon 710 will power the MI 8 SE (lite version of MI 8). Further, these smartphones can costs between 15,000 to 30,000 INR.