Top 5 Flagship Smartphones For Power Users: OnePlus 6, Vivo Apex (Nex), Lenovo Z5, HTC U12 Plus, Huawei P20 Pro

With so many options on the horizon, we take a look at top five recent flagships that are suitable to be your next smartphone.

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In the past few weeks, we have witnessed a ripe season of smartphone launches, brands like Huawei, HTC, and OnePlus have put their best foot forward to bring the consumers the best of tech. In this article, we will be looking at the recently launched flagships like Huawei P20 Pro, OnePlus 6, and HTC U12 Plus. Additionally, we will also be listing the expected features and specs of the soon-to-be-launched Vivo Apex (Nex) and Lenovo Z5. The Huawei P20 Pro, OnePlus 6, and HTC U12 Plus are undoubtedly competing in the flagship segment, with their high-end specs and premium features. The Vivo Apex (Nex) and Lenovo Z5 will be entering the sphere soon. Let’s take a look at what each of these flagships offers.

OnePlus 6: Notched up with premium features

The OnePlus 6 has been launched in three variants in India – 6GB RAM+64GB storage, 8GB RAM+128GB storage, and 8GB RAM+256GB storage (Avengers Edition), priced at Rs. 34,999, Rs. 39,999, and Rs. 44,999, respectively. The phone is exclusively sold via Amazon and OnePlus.in.

It features an all-glass design with a 6.28-inch display paired with a notch at the top, just like the iPhone X. The Optic AMOLED screen bears 1080×2280 pixels resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio, and 402 PPI of pixel density. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 845 SoC clubbed with Adreno 630 GPU, 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB storage, depending on the variant. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo, and is upgradable to Android P.

For optics, the OnePlus 6 sports 16MP+16MP dual camera setup with a combination of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS). The dual camera setup includes f/1.7 aperture and 4K video recording capability. On the front, the phone settles for a 16MP Sony IMX371 sensor with support for Face Unlock and Portrait Mode. A 3300mAh backs the device with Dash Charge fast-charging support.

Huawei P20 Pro: Power of Triple Camera

Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro debuted in India carrying a price tag of Rs. 64,999, via Amazon. The phone is the flagship offering from Huawei, bearing great specs. The Huawei P20 Pro sports a triple camera setup on the rear panel. The phone sports 8MP+40MP+20MP triple sensor. The P20 Pro is probably the first phone to have three lenses on the rear. The 8MP sensor comes with 3x optical zoom and is placed on the top while the 40MP RGB sensor settles in the middle, and the 20MP monochrome sensor takes the bottom placement. Together these three cameras offer light sensitivity up to ISO 102400, which matches Canon’s 5D Mark IV DSLR camera. Other features supported by the triple camera setup on the phone such as 10x digital zoom, 4D Predictive Focus, 6-axis stabilisation and 960fps super slow motion video recording capability. On the front, the P20 Pro bears a 24.8MP selfie shooter.

The Huawei P20 Pro is pretty thin at just 7.8mm even despite housing a 4000mAh battery. The phone features a 6-inch OLED FullView display with full-HD+ resolution at 1080×2240 pixels coupled with 1:1,000,000 contrast ratio. It is beefed up with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities. Huawei claims that its AI Image Stabilization technology used in the camera enables it to take perfect long-time exposure shots in any light condition, which allows users to capture perfect unshaken shots without the need for a mini tripod. The phone also features AI scene detection mode that identifies more than 19 categories to present users with the best image output.

Powering the P20 Pro is an octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC, which is paired with NPU (neural processing unit) that enables AI features on the phone and offers 60 percent enhanced system response speed and 50 percent smoother operations. It houses 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. Besides, the phone also features 360-degree Face Unlock technology that unlocks the phone in up to 0.6 seconds by mapping the user’s face.

All these features make the Huawei P20 Pro a flagship that you must include in your options if you are planning to purchase a high-end smartphone.

HTC U12 Plus: Making Sense with EdgeSense

HTC u12 plus

The HTC U12 Plus features a 6-inch QHD+ Super LCD 6 display at 1440×2880 pixels resolution with 537ppi of pixel density and 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage. It sports dual camera setups on the front and back. On the rear, it has a 12MP wide-angle HTC UltraPixel 4 sensor and a f/1.75 aperture lens with a 16MP telephoto sensor with a f/2.6 aperture. On the front, it pairs 8MP+8MP sensors with wide-angle, 84-degree lens, and f/2.0 aperture. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back. A 3500mAh battery backs the device with Huawei’s in-house SuperCharge fast charging technology. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 on top.

It boasts ‘Liquid Surface’ design paired with pressure-sensitive buttons and touch feedback. The HTC U12 also features enhanced Edge Sense 2 gestures, which allows users to squeeze the sides of the phones to open apps or control other features on the phone. These gestures can be used to capture photos, launch voice assistants like Google Assistant, or summon the Edge Launcher.

The HTC U12+ is launched at $799 (approximately Rs. 54,600) for the 64GB storage variant in the US. It is priced at $849 (around Rs. 58,000) for the 128GB storage variant. The phone’s India launch has not been confirmed yet, but we can expect it to happen soon.

Lenovo Z5: Bringing the True All-Screen Design

Lenovo Z5 full screen bezel less like Vivo APEX

The Lenovo Z5 is no more under the rumour scanner as the company’s CEO has revealed some key specs, which makes it clear that the Z5 is premium offering from Lenovo. The phone will feature an AI dual camera at the rear and a massive 4TB of storage, all hail “particle technology” that the company is adopting for the Z5. One of the recent teasers for the Lenovo Z5 suggests that the battery on the phone could deliver up to 45 days of standby time. However, more than the standby time, what would matter is that how the phone will deliver on real-time usage. It will come powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM, and run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. It will be will be launched on June 5 in Shenzhen, China. There is no report regarding its pricing, but one can expect it debut under 40K segment.

Vivo Apex (Nex): Taking Fingerprint Sensor to the Next Level

Vivo APEX will come with a Snapdragon 845 and 8GB RAM, reveal specs leak

Vivo is gearing up to bring out its next flagship dubbed Vivo Apex. The company demoed the phone’s prototype at the MWC 2018 with an under-display fingerprint sensor. One of the main highlights of the Vivo Apex includes a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio and a pop-up selfie camera. Fresh reports hint that Vivo will be launching the phone as the Vivo Apex (Nex) in China on June 12.

The latest teaser for the phone tips that the phone will be geared with AI-features. It might be launched in two variants, and the premium model will house the elevating selfie camera. The pop-up selfie camera could sport an 8MP sensor that could pop-up in just 0.8 seconds. Additionally, the camera will also house AI features such as smart optimisation, character optimisations, natural tones, ultra-dynamic, and multi-frame preferences.

The high-end variant could feature Snapdragon 845 processor clubbed with 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. It might launch at CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 52,600). On the other hand, the base variant could come powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. The base model could be priced at CNY 3,798 (approx. Rs. 40,000).