Flagship Lookout – 4 Flagship Smartphones To Buy From 2016

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Flagship Smartphones To Buy From 2016

A Flagship model acts as a great marketing tool for smartphone manufacturers. The buzz about an overly loaded phone keeps people excited for a long time even if they don’t have to buy it. Take iPhone 8 for example, the internet is already going crazy about it, Apple doesn’t even need to run a single advert for promotion, seriously. As soon as a new flagship is announced, people forget the blitz of the old flagship. They also forget it’s just being replaced by a (very) similar model with a + 1 in the name and a bunch of features that they might never end up using.

But, as a buyer, the good thing about an old flagship is that it’s still a brilliant phone even when it gets outdated. The manufacturer strategically cuts down on the sales price of the older flagship as soon as the rumors of a new one start floating in. And, this is the chance when you can get hold of a top-notch phone for a much lesser price. But  before that, know that:

An old Flagship can be a great idea if:

  • You want a loaded smartphone in a budget.
  • You value the specs over “newness”.
  • The next level features of the next flagship (like iris scanner, heart rate monitor) don’t bother you.

An old Flagship can be a not-so-great idea if:

  • You don’t mind spending a fortune on a phone.
  • You want to keep the phone for a long, long time.
  • You want the latest OS updates first.

So if you belong to the former category, here are the top 4 flagship smartphones to buy that are soon going to be or have been replaced by their respective successors. If you are planning on buying a new phone, now is the time keep the cards ready!

HTC 10

HTC 10
via NDTV

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HTC 10 is one of the best smartphones around the 35K mark. It’s competing with HTC U11 which is being dubbed as the “Squeezable Phone” due to its edge sensor. The 0.3-inch difference in screen size makes it lose out a tad bit on the PPI. Other than that, it sports a bigger RAM and the latest Snapdragon 835 with a 16 MP front camera. There are significant differences among the specifications but the price difference is way out of proportions. HTC 10 is 16K cheaper and will go down a few thousand bucks more, making it the best buy on our list.

Key Differences

Specifications U 11 10
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835

2.45 GHz

Quad Core

Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820

2.15 GHz

Quad Core

Screen

PPI (approx)

5.5 inch

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

534

5.2 inch

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

565

Secondary Camera 16 MP 5 MP
Price 51,990 INR Now: 35,900 INR (32 GB)

Drop Expected: 2 – 5,000 INR

 

Google Pixel

google pixel flagship amazon sale

Pixel is a serious competitor with a highly acclaimed camera and 4GB of RAM. Its subtly designed body and 5-inch screen are great to look at. As expected, Pixel 2 rumors and leaks have started showing up as we near October. There’s not much to talk about Pixel 2 other than that it would let go of the 3.5 mm jack. Considering that there are no benchmark differences expected in Pixel 2, it might not turn out that costly. Pixel is sitting at the 40K+ mark and should at least step down to 35 – 38 K.

Key Differences

Specs Pixel 2 Pixel
Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835

2.45 GHz

Octa Core

Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821

2.15 GHz

Quad Core

Screen 5 inch

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

5 inch

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Others No earphone jacks 3.5mm Earphone jacks
Price 51,000 INR (expected) Now: 42,000 INR (32 GB)

Drop Expected: 5 – 7,000 INR

 

Apple iPhone 7

iPhone 7
Via Wikipedia

iphone 7 flagship amazon sale

Of all the Apple smartphones, iPhone 7 is at the best position to buy before the iPhone 8 launch, and if Apple isn’t planning a revolutionary change in its next flagship, we are good with iPhone 7. iPhone 6s plus is available for almost the same price as iPhone 7. You can expect iPhone 7 to come down to 35 K by end of this year which makes it a good choice for people who want to switch to iOS from Android.  

Key Differences

Specs iPhone 8 iPhone 7
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
Processor A11

Quad Core

A10

Quad Core

Screen

PPI (approx)

5.1” Super AMOLED @ 1242 x 2800 pixels

601

4.7” IPS LCD @ 750 x 1334 pixels

326

Price 70,450 INR (expected) Now: 46,350 INR(32 GB)

Drop Expected: 4 – 6000 INR

 

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7
Via NDTV

samsung galaxy s7 flagship amazon sale

Galaxy S8 is the first phone to try something out-of-the-league in the entire galaxy series with its “infinity” display. But, it seems like, it is the only thing that has changed. Galaxy S7 has the old boring look; however, it is one of the greatest flagship smartphones to buy, specifications-wise. You can see that S8 has almost the same processor, almost the same RAM, and exactly the same camera. So, let’s wait for S7 to plunge another 6 – 8 K with Note 8 release and enjoy a true flagship in the 30K range.

Key Differences

Specs S8 S7
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
Processor Exynos 8895 / Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 – USA & China

2.35 GHz

Octa Core

Exynos 8890

2.35

Octa Core

Screen

PPI (approx)

5.8” Super AMOLED @ 1440 x 2960 pixels

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

570

5.1” Super AMOLED@ 1440 x 2560 pixels

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

577

Secondary Camera 8 MP 5 MP
Fingerprint Sensor Rear Mounted Front Mounted
Price 60,000 INR Now: 39,400 (32 GB)

Drop Expected: 6 – 8000 INR

 

Let us know in comments or via email if saving some bucks on these old flagships seems like a good idea to or not. More such price drop updates coming along soon! Stay tuned!