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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


1 . The Nokia 8 is priced at Rs 36,999 in the country.

What is the Nokia 8?

Nokia’s recent return to the smartphone business will have the warm approval of a whole generation of mobile users. While the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 all had their strong points, it’s the Nokia 8 that really sets the tone for the revitalised brand.

This a flagship phone through and through, with major components and features that are ostensibly a match for the best that Samsung, HTC and LG can muster. Despite this, it comes with a £500 price tag that’s slightly lower than most of its 2017 rivals – apart from the £450 OnePlus 5, which, in many ways, is the most direct comparison here.

But simple spec-box ticking was never enough for Nokia during its feature phone pomp, and it isn’t enough to win you market share in the jam-packed Android flagship field. You need a distinctive angle and a little sprinkling of design magic, and I’m not sure the Nokia 8 has quite enough of either.


HMD Global has finally launched this year’s flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8 in India. The Nokia 8 comes with price tag of Rs 36,999. With this, the fight to be the best in the premium segment is on. On the one hand, the device is equipped with some top-of-the-line specs and features, which makes it a wannabe. But, on the contrary, the competition is pretty intense out here. Before getting into the alternatives, here are the specifications of Nokia 8.

The Nokia 8 smartphone runs pure stock Android 7.1.1 Android Nougat Operating System, and the company has promised future updates will be made available on the device. It is powered by an octa-core (Four 2.5GHz Kryo + Four 1.8GHz Kryo) Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 256GB. It has a 5.3-inch IPS QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The dual-lens camera setup has two  13-megapixels  units. One captures pictures in colour mode while the other in monochrome mode. Apart from that only one camera supports optical image stabilisation ( OIS) to care of jerks while shooting.   On the front panel, there is a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0. It is water and dust resistant and carries IP54  certification.  The device comes with 3.5mm ADJ headphone jack (3-mics) and USB 3.1 Type-C. It has a hybrid dual-SIM card slot and is powered by a 3,090 mAh battery.

2. Google Pixel – Rs 41,999(32 GB)

What is the Google Pixel 2?

The Pixel 2 is basically Google’s second attempt at creating an Android version of the iPhone 8 and a proper competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Instead of focusing solely on top-end specs and including every feature imaginable, it aims to aims to offer users the cleanest Android experience possible.

For the most part this means you’re getting the best of Google in a phone; however, there remain a few areas where improvement is still needed.

The Google Pixel comes in two colours – Quite Black and Very Silver, and come in storage variants of 32GB priced at Rs 41,999, while the 128GB is priced at Rs 55,995.

Pixel comes with an aluminium unibody design with a glass plate (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) at the back. Upfront, it sports a 5-inch HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset along with 4GB RAM powers the device. The device houses a 2770 mAh battery, imprint fingerprint sensor at the back. However, Nokia 8 has the upper hand in terms of display, processor and battery.

For photography, Pixel comes with 12.3 MP rear facing the camera with 1.55-micron pixels size and f/2.0 aperture. The rear-facing shooter also comes with features like HDR+ and improved stabilisation. Of course, the Pixel device run on Android 7.1 Nougat and have the famous Pixel launcher that has round icons.

OnePlus 5 – Rs 32,999(64/128GB)

3. What is the OnePlus 5?

With the OnePlus 3, the Chinese ‘start-up’ finally made a phone that was nearly perfect. There’s no OnePlus 4 this year, but instead the OnePlus 5 takes things up another level with a seriously packed spec sheet – and a higher price.

 At Rs 32,999,  OnePlus 5 which is Rs 4,000 less than Nokia 8’s price is a stiff competitor.  It comes in two variants 6GB and 8GB. The latter is priced at Rs 37,999. Regarding specs, it features a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display(1080 x 1920 pixel) and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz which is backed up by 6GB/8GB of RAM along with 64/128GB of onboard storage. The device runs on Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat(7.1.1) and houses a 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge.

Moving on to the camera department, the smartphone comes loaded with a dual-camera setup at the back with a combination of the 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture, Sony IMX398 sensor and a 20-megapixel telephoto lens with aperture f/2.6. The camera also offers up to 8x zoom which is a combination of optical zoom. It has a 16-megapixel front camera.


Overall, Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5 are very much same in specs, but OnePlus has the upper hand in terms of 6GB RAM and price. However, Nokia comes with IP54 water dust resistance and IPS QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels over 1080 x 1920 pixels in OnePlus.


OnePlus 5T, which was launched on November 16, went on sale for the first time on November 21. However, the sale was only meant for the Amazon Prime users. Now, the smartphone is all set to go on sale for everyone on November 24 on Amazon.


OnePlus 5T will go on sale from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on both Amazon India and company’s official website. There are some interesting offers as well. To start with, users will get Rs 1,500 instant discount with HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. Further, Idea customers will get 1000GB data for 18 months with the purchase of the OnePlus 5T. Similarly, Kotak is offering free 12-month damage insurance by Servify. Lastly, users will get Rs 250 as Amazon Pay Balance when they stream Amazon Prime Video app.


As for the pricing is concerned, the OnePlus 5T comes with a price tag Rs 32,999 for the 6GB RAM variant, while the 8GB RAM option comes with a price tag of Rs 37,999. Recollecting some key specifications, the device features a 6.01-inch Full Optic AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The display will be protected by a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.


On the camera front, it features a dual-camera setup at the rear panel with a combination of 16-megapixel sensor with aperture f/1.7, Sony IMX 398 sensor, 1.12 micron pixel size, dual LED flash and focal length of 27.22mm, while the secondary camera bears 20 megapixels Sony IMX376K sensor along with aperture f/1.7, 1.0 micron pixel size and focal length of 27.22mm.

5.Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi launched its first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1 in India in September this year at Rs 14,999. The smartphone was announced in Black, Gold and Rose Gold colour options but the company said that the Rose Gold variant will launch later this year. Now, Xiaomi has launched the new Rose Gold colour variant of Mi A1 at Rs 14,999 and it will be available for sale from midnight tonight on Flipkart at 12 AM.

This is the first Android One smartphone, which is developed in partnership with Google. Xiaomi says that it customized its hardware to support stock Android experience. This means users will get the latest security updates and it also protected with Google Play Protect.

Google further says that Xiaomi Mi A1 will get Android 8.0 Oreo update within 2017. Further, the brand also revealed earlier that it will be the first device to come with upcoming Android P version. The phone also comes with Google Assistant. The phone comes with Google Photos free unlimited high-quality storage. This means the photo clicked through Mi camera app, will be saved in automatically on Google Photos in high quality. Google says that the device will be available in India and dozens of other countries as well.

The major highlight of the device is the dual rear cameras, which comes with a combination of 12-megapixel sensors. The primary sensor sports a wide-angle lens, while the secondary camera offers telephoto lens. The phone support 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. Further, it comes with stereoscopic imaging and deep learning algorithm to deliver impressive portrait shots.

The device sports a metallic unibody and features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels along with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The device is just 7mm thin and weighs 168 grams. Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor along with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It comes with dual graphite sheet, which decreases the temperature by 2-degree. On the audio front, it features 10V smart PA for high-quality audio.

On the battery front, it supports 3080mAh battery with USB Type-C port and the company says it has customized a 380V charger for India for power spikes. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back panel and an IR blaster on the top of the device. On the connectivity front, it supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB Type-C port and dual-SIM support.

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