The Diwali season, in the months of October and November, is generally the most active and vibrant part of the whole year and a lot of Indians look forward to celebrating it with friends and family. Gifts are an essential part of this season and with most people, young or old, moving towards smartphones, the Indian market has a lot of options to choose from. Here we list the top 10 flagship smartphones that will be up for grabs in online sales, this Diwali.
Diwali is probably the best time of the year to buy a smartphone in India.
1. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
With the launch of the latest generation iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are expected to take a substantial price cut, as the online retailers fight to offer the lowest prices this season. While you shouldn’t expect too much of a deep discount, the 16GB variant of the iPhone 6 will definitely go around the vicinity of 35,000 rupees (it is currently selling for 37k on Paytm after cashback) and the same variant of the iPhone 6 Plus might sell at 42,000 rupees.
These prices seem like more of a bang for the buck compared to the official pricing of the iPhone 6 by Apple India, starting at Rs. 52,000. With Apple’s extremely reliable iOS environment and a brilliant 8MP iSight camera, you can’t go wrong with gifting the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to your loved ones.
2. Motorola Nexus 6
The Nexus is known to be the poster boy of all Android flagships and the price has usually been kept low by Google every year to let users experience the stock Vanilla Android experience. With the Nexus 6, from last year, the company went all out and created something that most other OEMs wouldn’t even dream of. Selling the 6-inch device in India at a starting price of Rs. 44,000 didn’t attract many buyers in the first half of 2015.
Now, the official price of the smartphone is down to Rs. 29,999 on Flipkart, with more price cuts, expected near Diwali. If a 6-inch phablet is your thing, Nexus 6 is the best option out there in the market currently. It is definitely snappy in performance and the Quad-HD screen is really crisp, we can vouch for that.
3. Oneplus One
The Oneplus Two has been out for a month or so now and the demand or the critic reviews don’t really put it close to the hype that it initially created. The first smartphone from this company, the Oneplus One, was a runaway hit and garnered a huge response from most major markets across the world. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset and 3 gigabytes of RAM, the One is still highly relevant and a great option for users looking for a close to stock Android feel.
With a great battery life, a customizable Cyanogen Mod OS and a unique design, the Oneplus One might just be the Diwali purchase that you had been stalling for quite some while. Even better, online marketplaces like Flipkart and Amazon are sure to offer some kind of discounts on the smartphone, with it being quite a hot selling product for them across the whole of 2015.
4. Xiaomi Mi4 and Mi 4i
The latest flagship devices from Xiaomi, the Mi4 and Mi 4i, have been garnering quite the sales in India, especially among the audience that prefers flagships with a much more compact screen. Rocking a 5.2-inch and 5-inch Full HD screen respectively, the smartphones are nowhere near extinction and still continue to be the preferred options for major tech reviewers in the country.
With criticism regarding initial pricing of the Mi4, Xiaomi has steadily reduced its price and the 16GB model currently retails at just around 14,999 rupees on Flipkart. With a smooth white design, this smartphone is definitely for the ones who prefer sleek and compact smartphones that are packed with loads of performance. The phone has a Snapdragon 801 processor and 3 gigs of RAM. The Mi 4i, on the other hand, is the younger cousin of the Mi4 and sells for 12,999 rupees on Flipkart. Expect great discounts this Diwali season with Xiaomi looking to take some of Oneplus One’s market share.
5. Asus Zenfone 2
Asus surprised everyone across the world when they announced a smartphone with 4 gigabytes of RAM, at a time when even 3GB is treated as more than enough. The Zenfone 2 comes in a matte silver finish and rocks an Intel Atom 1.8 GHz processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Zenfone 2 can get you the most multi-tasking on any Android smartphone to a large extent.
It also has a 5.5-inch Full HD screen for users that consume high amounts of media on their phone every day.
Currently priced at around 17,999 rupees for the 16GB variant, the Zenfone 2 is also another great phablet that you should look to gift this Diwali. The price is expected to drop to 15,000 rupees during the coming festive season.
6. LG G4
With all tech critics agreeing on the G4 having the best smartphone camera among all Android OEMs currently, you can’t go wrong with clicking crisp photos using the LG G4. Rocking a 16-Megapixel rear camera and an 8MP front sensor, your selfies will definitely not disappoint your Instagram followers.
Priced at around 40,000 rupees, the G4 has a 5.5-inch Quad-HD IPS display but has a sleek form factor to make it feel more like a smartphone with a smaller form factor. It comes in beautiful color options with the Leather Red being our absolute favorite. The price might drop to around 35,000 rupees this Diwali season so be ready to pick one up for your dear ones that are budding photographers.
7. Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung is currently dominating the market with four flagship models – namely the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and the Note 5. All these smartphones have amazing screens with most of the AMOLED goodness that Samsung is famous for. Also, with the company having shifted to an all-metal design approach, the looks have never been better.
With color options including Gold and Silver, the Galaxy series is sure to stand out in the crowd. The rear cameras on the Note 5 and the Edge+ have been termed the best in the market and expect to counter most of the competitors. Having launched the Note 5 at a steep price point of 54,000 rupees, Samsung will surely offer some discounts this Diwali and make it a much more affordable smartphone option to consider.
8. HTC One M9 Plus
HTC disappointed a lot of its customers by putting out a below average successor to the beast that was One M8, with the One M9. What most people do not know is that the company silently launched another variant of the M9, the M9 Plus, in most Asian markets, and it comes with top of the line specifications to say the least. Equipped with a Quad-HD screen, a massive 20MP rear camera, a fingerprint sensor and the Helio X10 processor, the M9 Plus is definitely on par with the other flagships and currently sells for a cool 43,999 rupees.
This price is expected to go down to around 38,000 the next month as HTC prepares to ramp up its sales in the Indian market. You can also check out the One M8 from last year which is definitely not a bad smartphone at a price point of 28,000 rupees.
If you don’t care about deals on smartphones, the best smartphones you can buy this festive season are the new iPhones and the Nexus phones.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
The next-generation iPhones are coming to India on 16th October 2015, almost a month before the Diwali festival. If you don’t generally have a budget constraint, getting an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus could definitely be considered. As is with the ‘S’ upgrades, the iPhone doesn’t have any cosmetic changes compared to the iPhone 6 but the addition of features like Live Photos, 3D Touch, and the new A9 processor are definitely things that will make you love it if you are coming from an Android smartphone or even a previous generation iPhone. The Indian pricing is expected to start at Rs. 62,000 for the 6s and Rs. 72,000 for the 6s Plus.
LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P
With the Nexus event just taking place last week in the US, Google announced two new Nexus smartphones this time around, with the 5X and the 6P. The 5X is the most affordable option and is generally being treated as an upgrade to the LG Nexus 5 of 2013. The 6P, on the other hand, has a sleek all-metal body with an amazing 12.3 MP camera to top it off.
The Indian pricing for both the devices has been revealed, with the 5X starting at Rs. 31,900 and 6P at Rs. 39,990. They will go on sale in India around Diwali and retailers like Flipkart might be having special deals for pre-orders, as was the case with the Nexus 6. Nexus 6P will be exclusively available on Flipkart while the Nexus 5X will be exclusive to Amazon.