As cheap phones are getting better while better phones are getting cheaper, features are becoming uniform across devices; be it the custom skin atop the stock Android, multi-window or even picture-in-picture mode. All of these features require not only amazing processing power but also the RAM to hold multiple applications in memory as the device processes them simultaneously. This is the time when we, as consumers, are on the verge of replacing personal computers and laptops with our mobile phones.
Android as an operating system is not as RAM friendly as iOS and it only makes sense for OEMs to prudently add some extra memory for their devices to run smoothly without any hiccups. Let’s have a look at some of the best smartphones with figures that could leave you flabbergasted:
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus – Unboxing the phone
Samsung really revolutionized how smartphones would look henceforth after it brought the bezel-less display mainstream with the S8 Plus and its smaller sibling, the Galaxy S8. Both devices feature top notch specifications and hold absolutely no room for complaints apart from the oddly placed fingerprint sensor.
The S8 is Samsung’s flagship device that carried a premium price tag at launch, however, it has seen a price cut making it a really attractive deal you just don’t want to miss. The phone ships in 6 colour variations with two storage variations – 64GB storage with 4GB RAM and 128GB coupled with 6GB RAM.
Under the massive screen live its very high-end processors – Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 (USA) and the Exynos 9 Series 8895 chip (Global). Thanks to its processing power, the smartphone is capable of powering one of the most pixel dense display panels ranging at 529 PPI. Also to keep this smartphone up and running, Samsung has included a 3500mAh battery pack.
The S8 Plus(128GB/6GB) currently sells for an asking price of Rs. 73,900 and you can get yourself one either through e-commerce websites such as Flipkart and Amazon or through an offline retailer near you.
The OnePlus 5 – The Flagship Killer
OnePlus is a brand that sometimes draws more attention among tech enthusiasts than the established ones. The phone is an absolute marvel in terms of value for money and competes to be among the best Android devices around. The device comes in two storage variants, a 64 GB storage with 6GB RAM model as well as a 128GB model coupled with 8GB RAM. The latter variant is well into the PC territory as decent laptops sport just as much RAM.
Under its hood, the OnePlus 5 is powered by the fastest Qualcomm chip yet, its flagship processor – the Snapdragon 835. Not only has the company beefed up its device with just hardware, but it has also come up with a new software feature known as ‘App Priority’. OnePlus during the launch stated that this feature prioritizes the apps you use often and thus, opens them quickly. It also de-prioritizes the apps you utilize the least. This leads to better RAM management and more fluid user experience.
The OnePlus 5 is priced at Rs. 32,999 for the 64GB/6GB model and Rs. 37,999 for the 128GB/8GB model as of the date of publishing this article. The devices are exclusively available through Amazon and you can pick one up right away.
The Honor 8 Pro – Geared for Speed
Honor, the Chinese smartphone maker launched the Honor 8 Pro in India during July that put it in direct competition with the OnePlus 5. It competes with OnePlus’ flagship in all terms, be it the dual cameras, similar specifications under the hood or the proximity in its asking price. This device, just like the OnePlus 5 is a total bang for the buck. The handset comes in two colour options – Navy Blue and Midnight Black. However, there is just one variant the device is offered in terms of memory – 128GB of internal storage coupled with 6GB of RAM.
Under the hood, the device is powered by Huawei’s own octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor. The phone also offers a great battery backup, thanks to its 4000mAh battery unit that keeps it up and running.
The Honor 8 Pro is priced at Rs. 29,999 at the time of publishing this article and the phone is exclusively available on Amazon India.
The Nubia Z11 – Almost Bezel-less
The Nubia Z11 that marked its presence in April 2017 boasted of close to no bezels on its sides and a relatively thin chin and forehead. The phone looked really aesthetic and felt quite premium. The phone ships in two colour variants – Black Gold and Gray. In terms of memory, Nubia has offered the phone in a 64 GB internal storage variant, coupled with 6GB of RAM. The internal storage can further be expanded through a microSD card.
The Nubia Z11 was launched as a contender to the OnePlus 3 which also featured similar specifications – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. The processor is a powerhouse and coupled with this massive RAM capacity, the device is capable of breezing through most tasks you could throw at it. Together with this, Nubia has integrated a 3,000mAh battery unit to keep it up and running.
The phone is currently retailing for a price of Rs. 24,999 through Amazon India and you can grab one right away.
Coolpad Cool Play 6 – The Underdog that doesn’t fail to impress
Coolpad has been the OEM that has debuted premium features on budget-friendly phones, be it the fingerprint sensor or the dual camera setup. This time around the company has featured the best of both worlds with plausible specifications. Similar to many of its other Chinese counterparts, the device sports a sleek smartphone built solidly out of metal giving it a premium feel. The device is available in two colour variants – Black and Gold. In terms of memory variation, the device ships in just a 64GB internal storage with 6 GB of RAM.
In terms of processing power, the device is not to be judged by its price tag as it features a Snapdragon 653 processor from Qualcomm that is built on a 28nm processor, which is fairly powerful. Also to compensate for its power hungry processor, the company has compensated with a whopping 4,060 mAh battery pack. This battery pack should suffice for powering its 5.5-inch screen and its processor well through a normal day’s moderate use.
The phone is currently retailing for a price of Rs.14,999 exclusively through Amazon India. With this price tag, it makes the Cool Play 6 the cheapest device in this list.
The devices listed here are absolute powerhouses in terms of processing power and picking any of them would surely leave you contented. Do let us know if we’ve missed out any other contenders and you feel will be a worthy addition to the list 🙂