2014 has been the year when we saw quite a lot of mobile OEMs bringing in affordable flagships to India. These flagship devices have great specs and almost comparable to high end flagships, but comes at an affordable pricing. Last year we saw Huawei launching Honor 6, then came Lenovo’s Vibe X2 (review) and finally in December saw the entry of much talked about One Plus One. The pricing of these phones have been really great.
Few days back, Xiaomi launched its flagship phone, the Mi4 in India for a price of Rs 19999 and it will go on sale in February. So we take a look at these 4 ‘affordable’ flagships available in India and compare them for the specs.
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|Lenovo Vibe X2||Xiaomi Mi 4||Huawei Honor 6|
|SIM||Dual SIM (nano + micro)||Single SIM||Dual SIM||Single SIM|
|Display||5.0 inch Full HD IPS display||5.0 inch Full HD IPS LCD display||5.0 inch Full HD IPS LCD display||5.5 inch Full HD IPS display|
|Processor||2.0 GHz MediaTek MT6595M Octa-Core processor||2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor||Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 920 processor||2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor|
|RAM||2GB RAM||3 GB RAM||3GB RAM||3GB RAM|
|Camera||13MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash 5MP front-facing camera with wide angle lens||13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera||13MP camera with Sony BSI sensor, F2.0 aperture and Dual LED flash 5MP front-facing camera||13MP rear camera with Sony Exmor IMX 214 sensor and dual-LED flash and 5MP front camera.|
|Battery||2300mAh||3080 mAh||3100 mAh||3100 mAh|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth and GPS||3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth and GPS||4G LTE (not supported on Airtel), 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth and GPS||4G LTE, 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth and GPS|
|OS||Android 4.4 Kitkat with Vibe UI 2.0||Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)||Android 4.4 (KitKat) with Emotion UI 2.3||Custom OS based on Android 4.4 KitKat|
|Price||Rs. 19,999||Rs. 19,999||Rs. 17,999||Rs 18999/Rs. 21,999|
Going by the specs, there are lots of similarities in them, but OnePlus One at Rs 21999 looks like the best deal since it has 64GB storage, 4G LTE support in India, 3GB RAM and the biggest display. The Xiaomi Mi4 also looks good, but the shortcoming for the device include just 16GB storage without an expansion slot and also no LTE in India. Both Mi4 and OnePlus One runs on Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with 3GB RAM.
The Lenovo Vibe X2 also offers great value for money, but the battery life is a big issue on the device as it has the least capacity. It does offer 4G LTE in India and also has a beautiful design. Finally the Honor 6, which offers 3GB RAM and 16GB storage with SD card support. There is 4G LTE support, but the device is not supported on Airtel’s current network and is currently the cheapest of the lot at Rs 17999.
Another issue with OnePlus One and Mi4 is the availability, while Mi4 is available via flash sales, OnePlus One is by invite only.
Looking at the specs and features offers, out pick is the OnePlus One at Rs 21999.
Update: OnePlus has launched the 16GB variant of the device at Rs 18999, so if you are looking for lower priced device, still the OnePlus One 16GB makes a lot of sense.