Holiday Gift Guide 2016 - 2017: Top 10 India Smartphones

India is currently the second-largest smartphone market, and also the fastest growing smartphone market out there, and it has been that way for quite some time now. Many smartphone manufacturers are trying to succeed in India, mainly because many consumers still don’t use smartphones over there, and the potential of Indian smartphone market is huge. That being said, tons of smartphone OEMs had introduced their devices in India during 2016, and considering the fact that holidays are coming up, you might be looking to pick up a smartphone for your loved one(s) in the country. Well, we’re here to list the top 10 smartphone manufacturers which are available in India, so read on if you’re interested.

Sony Xperia XZ

The Xperia XZ is Sony’ flagship smartphone which was introduced a couple of weeks ago. The device sports a 5.2-inch fullHD display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage. This smartphone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core SoC, like many other flagship devices this year. The Xperia XZ is available for purchase in India, though it is quite expensive, you can get it from Amazon India for around Rs. 49,000 ($734).

LeEco Le Pro 3

The LeEco Le Pro 3 is LeEco’s latest flagship handset. This device is not only available in China and India, but also in the US as of late. The phone sports a 5.5-inch fullHD panel, 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, and sports a 16-megapixel camera on the back. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on the phone, and on top of it, you do get LeEco’s custom UI.

HTC 10

The HTC 10 is HTC’s most powerful device to date. This smartphone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820, while it packs 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage on the inside. The HTC 10 is made out of metal, and it offers a really capable 12-megapixel main camera. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow come out of the box here, and on top of it, you get HTC’s custom UI. You can purchase the HTC 10 over at Amazon India for around Rs. 40,000 ($599).

Xiaomi Mi 5 & Mi 5 Pro

Xiaomi had introduced a couple of more powerful devices than the Mi 5 quite recently, but the Mi 5 is still quite a powerful device, and so is its higher-end variant, the Mi 5 Pro. The Mi 5 is fueled by the Snapdragon 820, and comes with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, while you also get a sleek-looking metal + glass build here. You can purchase either of these two devices from GearBest, links are down below.

Lenovo Moto Z

The Lenovo Moto Z is one of the two ‘Moto Z’ devices the company had introduced this year. The Moto Z sports a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of storage. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and a 2,600mAh battery is included on the inside. That battery pack might seem small, but you can always pick up a battery-extending Moto Mod accessory. If you’re interested in the Moto Z, you can purchase it through Amazon India for Rs. 39,999 ($599)

Huawei Honor 8

The Honor 8 is Honor’s most powerful device to date. This phone is made out of metal and glass, and it is fueled by Huawei’s in-house chip, the Kirin 950. The device packs in 4GB of RAM, and features two rear-facing cameras, something this phone picked up from Huawei’s P9 devices. These two cameras actually offer great results, and are one of Honor 8’s strong points. You can purchase the Honor 8 from GearBest, simply follow the link down below.

Xiaomi Mi 5s & Mi 5s Plus

The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus are Xiaomi’s flagship devices, alongside the Mi Note 2 and Mi MIX which the company announced quite recently. The Mi Note 2 and Mi MIX are still not available in India though, so you have these two phones to choose from. Both are made out of metal, and powered by the Snapdragon 821, while the rest of their specs are also quite powerful, that’s for sure.

OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 3 is one of the best smartphones of this year, especially if you take price into account. This phone is not only fueled by the Snapdragon 821, but also comes with a metallic design, and 6GB of RAM on the inside, not to mention it also packs in 64GB of storage. The OnePlus 3 comes with a 16-megapixel OIS camera on the back, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, with the company’s OxygenOS on top of it.

Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are still Samsung’s flagships, especially after the Galaxy Note 7 crashed and burned. In any case, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are definitely not the most affordable devices on this list, not by far, but are one of the best ones, that’s for sure. You do get one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful) SoCs out there here, along with a great camera and a very sleek build. These two phones are priced around Rs. 50,000 ($789) over at Amazon India.

Google Pixel & Pixel XL

Google had recently introduced their Pixel devices, and they’re quite great actually, though they’re also quite expensive. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are fueled by the Snapdragon 821, while they ship with 4GB of RAM and multiple internal storage options. Android 7.1 Nougat comes pre-installed on these two devices, and they’re both made out of metal, with a small glass plate on the back. The Google Pixel costs Rs. 57,000 ($853) in India, while you can pick up the Google Pixel XL for Rs. 76,000 ($1,137) from Flipkart.

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