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Top 5 smartphones launched this June

June was the month of smartphone launched in 2016 with companies putting their most eligible candidates forward at competitive prices and bundled offers.

tech Updated: Jun 27, 2016 18:15 IST
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June was the month of smartphone launched in 2016 with companies putting their most eligible candidates forward at competitive prices and bundled offers.
June was the month of smartphone launched in 2016 with companies putting their most eligible candidates forward at competitive prices and bundled offers.

Every year in the tech calendar, comes a month when just too many smartphones are launched. While all these smartphones run Android, their price puts them all over the place and we’ve made a list for you to make the choice easier. Here are our favourite five.

Yu Yunicorn

Technically, this smartphone launched in May, but we’ve added it to the list considering that it went on sale this month at Rs 12,999. However, in July, the price of the smartphone will be hiked to Rs 14,999. So, if you’ve been waiting to buy this smartphone, go make the transaction before the month ends.

Yu has also integrated several services such as Uber, Ola, TranServ, Scandid to make it easier for users to book a cab, recharge their mobile phone, book an appointment with a doctor. There is also YU Wallet, which will be utilised for payments.

As for the specifications of the YU Yunicorn, the smartphone sports a 5.5-inch full HD display. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P10 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card.

Other features of the YU Yunicorn include a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel selfie sensor, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Honor 5C

This smartphone gets its design from the 5X but in a smaller package that gives it he rounded edges and light weight making it a pleasure to hold. The 5.2 inch 1080p display stays legible even in the brightest of sunlight and reproduces a good amount of sharpness and colour. To run the Android Marshmallow, Honor 5C uses Huawei’s own Kirin 650 1.7 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. This combinations makes it a powerful-enough device for day-to-day usages, but not for heavy duty tasks like gaming.

Overall, the latest budget smartphone from Honor, the 5C is a great deal at the price and the only option if you want a phone that’s easy to handle. The performance while not mind-blowing is enough for daily use. The camera mages to take shareable pictures and the battery lasts all day long. So, at Rs 10,999, the Honor 5C is a decent and practical choice for the budget buyer, but for someone looking for perfections and finesse, look elsewhere or save up some more cash. The Honor 5C takes on the Yu Yunicorn with a humble price tag of Rs 10,999.

Nextbit Robin

It’s a zippy phone for most parts courtesy of a quick processor, spacious 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The light UI enhancements keep the system processes light contributing to its performance. But the Nextbit Robin’s charm lies in its ability to backup your photos and apps to the cloud. So, when your storage is running low, the Robin starts uploading your photos and less frequently used apps to the cloud. To save up on power and data, the phone only backs up the apps and photos — to the complementary 100 GB cloud storage — when the connected to power and WiFi. So, unless you have a gracious broadband plan at home or office, rule out the Robin as your next smartphone.

While the almost-stock Android ROM makes using the phone a delight, you will eventually get bored of the way it looks and the little it offers. Instead, get the extra storage from Google, us the backup feature in Android’s settings and get a Moto G4 Plus, OnePlus 2 or even the Nexus 5x. They will serve you better and leave a smaller dent in the bank. Priced at Rs 19,999, it isn’t the most eligible smartphone to buy.


Toning down on the ambition level of Google’s Project Ara, LG made a modular phone that uses “Friends” to accomplish better photography, entertainment and music among other features.

The LG G5 has a removable battery despite the metal uni-body. The bottom of the phone -- sporting the LG logo -- detaches and a battery slides out with it. At this point, you could just replace the battery or attach the LG CAM PLUS module that claims to give it abilities to take pictures as good as a DSLR camera.

The ecosystem that LG is building for its G5 is likely to be hereditary and following versions of the flagship might also be modular. The ecosystem of modules and accessories being built by LG is called Playground and as you may have noticed, that is where LG is excelled by partnering with companies such as Google, Snapdragon, Parrot and Bang & Olufsen.

The smartphone is available in gold, silver and titan black on Flipkart and LG stores around the country at Rs 52,990 while the Cam Plus module will be available at Rs 6,500; VR headset at Rs 18,900 and the 360-degree camera at Rs 19,500.

OnePlus 3

In terms of performance of the OnePlus 3, the phone runs on proprietary Oxygen OS with Android Marshmallow at the base. The Oxygen OS interface is clean and doesn’t use up much physical memory. The Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6GB RAM unit makes the phone very fast. However, everyone has been worried about heating issues of the device which they saw in most of OnePlus devices. Well, there are none on this one. In order to check out the actual power of the device, I downloaded six heavy games and tried switching between them. There was no heating for nearly an hour but the battery was draining (obviously). The OnePlus 3 packs in a 3,000 mAh battery, which lasts a day under heavy use, and a day and a half with moderate use. The best thing about this smartphone is that you pay almost half, Rs 27,999 of what other companies would ask for the beefy specifications.