Top 35 mobile phones to buy in 2014: Best handsets to invest in this year
KYMI rounds up the most powerful and exciting handsets hitting the mobile phone market this year
The year 2014 has come up with an array of smartphones in wide segment ranging from entry, mid to high end flagship models as per the needs and requirements of the consumers. We cherrypick the top devices with impressive spec sheet that prove worthy of your money:
1. Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung's next flagship promises to take smartphoning to new heights with its new-age features. Believed to be powered by a 64-bit processor, it is said to house an architecture of 16 cores and a RAM of 3/4 GB. Other rumoured goodies on the phone include a 32 multitouch screen, a water proof casing, wireless charging and an eye scanning sensor.
Samsung is expected to finally do away with its plasticy form factor and give the Galaxy S5 a carbon fiber or an aluminum casing. Powered by Android's latest operating system, the flagship is speculated to be equipped with a 16-megapixel primary camera, complete with OIS.
2. Apple iPhone 6
Apple is rumoured to unveil its next iPhone earlier than usual next year. If all those leaks are to be believed, the iPhone 6 might break cover as early as May of 2014. Leaving its 64-bit processor and its Touch ID unchanged, Apple is expected to give its new handset a bigger screen and possibly even a curved display, along with a larger RAM. Storage options are said to remain the same on the new flagship, which will of course carry the next iOS build out of the box.
Like the Galaxy S5, gaze detection technology on the iPhone 6 is believed to make the handset more power efficient than before. Rumour has it that Apple may finally go in for a Full HD display on its next flagship, as well as up its cores to four and its camera to a 12 or a 13-megapixel one.
3. Intex Aqua Octa
The Indian handset manufacturer Intex kicked off the new year with a bang by launching the world's first true octa-core chip that allows all 8 cores to be active at the same time. The smartphone which combines the power of Android 4.2.2 OS, 1.7GHz MT6592 chipset along with a 2GB RAM promises to deliver a strong performance giving stiff competition to its rivals. Intex Aqua Octa comes equipped with a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels along with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera.
On the memory front, the device harbors a 16 GB internal memory with scope of further expansion using a microSD card slot. Packed with a host of connectivity options (including 3G) and a solid 2300 mAh battery, the device is being offered online for Rs 19,999 - along with a free Intex Power Bank 3000mAh and a craggy headphone worth Rs 3,900 ( applicable only with purchases made before January 8).
4. Lenovo Vibe Z
Intex is not the only company setting the tone for the coming year. Lenovo fans also have a lot to cheer about with the company unveiling its first LTE smartphone for the international market.
Dubbed as the Lenovo Vibe Z, the stylish and sturdy handset comes with a 5.5-inch screen with a 1920x1080 pixel IPS display. Driven by the powerful 2.2GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, delicious Android 4.3 OS and a 2GB of RAM, the device promises to deliver nothing short of an impressive performance. Toping it all is the LTE support, custom software, 16GB of internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera with f1.8 aperture, 5-megapixel front camera, super camera, super gallery apps and a lot more goodies.
The device is likely to arrive in India in the first quarter of this year with a price tag of approximately Rs 35,000.
5. Moto G
Get ready to say hello Moto! The Google owned company is set to enter the Indian market space once again after a long hiatus with its most anticipated and highly customizable offering - Moto G. Slated to be introduced in early-January, the Android smartphone has garnered rave reviews from techies across the globe owing to its impressive spec list and more so its budget friendly price tag - approximately Rs 14,000 for the 8GB and 6,000 for the 16GB version.
We might see the company introduce the dual SIM variants which are popular in the country with a slightly higher pricing. Featuring a 4.5-inch 720p HD display, this Android powerhouse packs along a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and Android 4.4 Kitkat OS. Also included are a host of other goodies which include a 1GB of RAM, 50GB of free Google Drive storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 2070 mAh battery life.