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10 Best smartphones in 2015 worth buying

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December is always been considered a great month if you are looking to buy a new smartphone as major manufacturers have launched their flagship smartphones on the market (including the new iPhone 6s series and Galaxy Notes!), plus and many older devices available at much reduced prices. Feeling lost here is the list of best smartphones in 2015...

1. Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (Price iPhone 6S: 48k-74k, iPhone 6S Plus: 62k-86k )

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As can be expected from an ‘S’ year, the next-generation iPhones don’t look all that different from last year’s models. However, the innards have been significantly tweaked. The new iPhone 6S is also available in a new Rose Gold color option and a 12Mp iSight camera with support for 4K video recording. Apple has also introduced a feature called 3D Touch, which shows an extra dimension to the screen you’re used to. Using Force Touch, which is already available on the Apple Watch and on new MacBooks, users can hold down on various apps to both ‘peek’ and ‘pop’. As is standard with Force Touch, the iPhone will offer haptic feedback as a part of the 3D Touch experience. The only major difference between the two phones is their screen size, dimensions and weight. With a higher-resolution 5.5- rather than 4.7in screen, the iPhone 6S Plus is necessarily larger and heavier, at 158.2x77.9x7.3mm and 192g. It also has a larger-capacity battery. 

2. ASUS Zenfone 2 (Price: Rs.22,999)

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Asus introduced the big boss of multitasking- Zenfone 2 by integrating 4 GB of RAM. However, what makes this even more interesting is the pricing at which the company is offering it and is available at half the price of the flagship of biggies. In terms of storage, 32GB is onboard, and you can get more through microSD. There’s 4G LTE support (dual-SIM, dual active), a 5.5in full-HD IPS screen, and 13Mp rear- and 5Mp front cameras. Running the fully customizable ZenUI software, the Zenfone 2 also comes with Trend Micro security preinstalled. The Asus Zenfone 2 is well worth a look. 

3. Google Nexus 5X (Price: Rs 31,900 16GB)

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Google India launched its latest range of Nexus phones in partnership with smartphone makers LG and Huawei. It comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD screen and 2700 mAh battery. At the back is a 12.3 MP camera with laser-assisted autofocus while at the front is a 5 MP camera. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC with 2 GB of RAM and runs on Android Marshmallow. 

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (Price: Rs. 53,900)

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Galaxy Note5 is bundled with a 5.7-inch QHD (1440x2560p) Super AMOLED screen that supports the company’s proprietary S Pen stylus. The smartphone is powered by Samsung’s 64-bit Exynos octa-core (2.1GHz quad-core + 1.5GHz quad-core) processor, It has 4 GB RAM and comes with two variant of internal storage - 32 GB and 64 GB running on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Samsung claims the Galaxy Note5’s new S Pen feels more solid and balanced in the user’s hand, offering improved writing capabilities and a variety of tools. It allows users to quickly jot down ideas or information even when the screen is off without even unlocking the phone. Users can also annotate on PDF files and capture lengthy web articles or long images at once via Scroll capture. 

5. LG G4 (Price: Rs. 46,500)

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The LG G3 was one of best phone you could buy in 2014, and things just get better with the LG G4. Key specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a 5.5in Quad HD IPS Quantum display, 32GB of storage (with microSD support) and a 3000mAh removable battery. With a slight curve in its screen and leather back the LG G4 is a refreshing change from the traditional flat and metallic phones. The 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution and 534 pixels per inch (ppi), puts it above the Apple iPhone 6, Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. The device offers 2GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot that can hold up to 2TB. 

6. Samsung S6 and S6 Edge (Price: Rs.36895 & Rs.51305 @ Flipkart)

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These are the first smartphones from the Korean giant which are completely built by metal and glass. Both the smartphones feature 5.1-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577ppi. However, the S6 sports a dual-edge display. Under the hood is an Octa-core 4×2.1GHz + 4×1.5 GHz 64-bit Samsung Exynos chipsets with 3 GB RAM for multitasking. These phones run Android 5.0 out of the box and are the first in the world to feature 14nm mobile processors with 64-bit platforms, new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory. 

7. HTC One M9 (Price: Rs.39,990 Approx.)

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The flagship smartphone features a uni body full metal design in gold and silver finish. It is powered by a top of the line octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB in-built storage that can be expanded to 128 GB via micro SD card slot. The front features a 5-inch Super LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen, which is a full HD display, unlike the Quad-HD panel on Galaxy S6. The smartphone also features the latest HTC Sense 7 over Android 5.0, which will bring new tweaking options for consumers. It is powered by a 2840 mAh battery unit.


8. OnePlus 2 (Price: Rs. 24,999)

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It is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC processor coupled with 64GB of storage and eMMC 5.0 flash memory. Paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the OnePlus 2 powers all your apps, games and videos. The 13 megapixel rear facing camera boasts 6 physical lenses, powerful dual LED flash, and f/2.0 aperture. The most impressive is the sensor, which contains large 1.3 µm light-collecting pixels to deliver color rich low-ligh

t shots. OxygenOS, based on Android 5.1, is a refreshing take on the pure Android experience. Subtle customizations like on screen gestures, dark mode, the ability to switch between hardware and capacitive buttons and toggle quick settings are baked in throughout the OS. 

9. Samsung S6 Edge Plus (Price: Rs.44,900 @ Flipkart)

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The Galaxy S6 edge+ blends a unique form factor to make the edge experience even better by including the best screen technology, the most advanced camera for high quality photos and videos, the latest fast wireless and wired charging, and an incredibly powerful processor. The increased 4GB RAM complements the powerful Exynos octa-core processor, enabling users to enjoy a seamless multi-tasking experience. The Galaxy S6 edge+ features 4K (UHD) video filming and introduces Live Broadcast, which lets users share live video in Full HD quality straight from the phone to any individual, group of contacts, or even the public through YouTube Live. 

10. Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium (Price: Rs.52,990 & Rs.62,990 respectively)

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Xperia Z5 and Z5 premium are the latest additions to the Xperia family, which gives a different camera experience with 23 MP and 0.03 autofocus. The super-flagship Z5 premium redefines mobile entertainment with the world’s first 4K UHD smartphone display and 4K Ultra HD upscaling technology. Both the smartphone are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, featuring octa-core CPUs, 64-bit capabilities and ultra-fast 4G LTE speeds, letting one reach new levels of performance for video, photography and gaming. Xperia Z5 Premium comes with 32 GB internal memory and has the capability to take a 200 GB external microSD card, which in turn offers extra space for 4K videos, movies, and images too.

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