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Power Play: 5 smartphones with blazing-fast performance

If you are looking for a phone which allows for extreme levels of multitasking and will not slow down no matter which app or game you use, these are the options to consider

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A lot of phones from Chinese companies such as Xiaomi and OnePlus are offering powerful specifications in the 10,000-25,000 price range. This has made it difficult for companies such as Samsung and Apple to justify the prices for their flagship phones. In turn, then, they too have upped the game by offering an improved user experience and some additional features. What is common across all flagship smartphones is that they are equipped with top-of-the-line hardware and can handle whatever you throw at them. Some of the phones worth considering among the new launches:

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Duos

51,400 (32 GB)

It is a new variant of Samsung’s high-end, big-screen flagship, and the biggest change is that it now has two SIM-card-slots. The phone is one of the sleekest Note series smartphones so far. It is 7.6mm thick and weighs 171g, which is impressive for a smartphone that has a 5.7-inch, 2k resolution AMOLED display, with a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 over it. The smartphone comes with an improved S-pen stylus which allows users to jot down notes even on the phone’s lock screen. It is driven by Samsung’s most powerful Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, which comes with 4 GB RAM, and is powerful enough to handle multitasking and record 4K videos. It packs in a 3,000 mAh battery.

Moto X Style

29,990 (16 GB)

The Moto X Style is one of the best options if you are looking for a powerful smartphone at the 30,000 price point. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, with 3 GB RAM and Adreno 418 GPU, the X Style is as well equipped as many of the more expensive smartphones. The 3,000 mAh battery offers over a day and a half of backup with ease despite the phone’s massive 5.7-inch AMOLED display, which offers a high-screen resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels. It runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and is easy to hold (179g) despite its size.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

53,999 onwards (16GB)

It looks a lot like its predecessor, but Apple has made some subtle changes in the design. It is a lot sturdier, with the weight balanced evenly, so the phone doesn’t feel heavy at the top. It runs on Apple’s A9 64-bit chipset, which comes with an embedded M9 motion processor and 2 GB RAM. This delivers a better CPU and graphics performance than its predecessor. The phone’s other highlight is the 5.5-inch Full HD display with 3D touch support; it shows different options based on the amount of pressure applied to the screen. The phone has one of the best battery backups among flagship devices and lasts over two days with ease.

Microsoft Lumia 950XL


The price is a bit on the higher side, but if you want something refreshing and different from Android, the Lumia 950XL is a solid option. The phone is powered by a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor and backed by 3 GB RAM. Interestingly enough, this processor doesn’t have heating issues while running Windows 10 on the phone, as it does with Google’s Android operating system. The 950XL also works with Microsoft’s display dock, which transforms the phone’s interface and apps into something close to a full-fledged desktop PC when connected to a TV screen. The phone’s display itself is quite brilliant. The 5.7-inch display packs in 2K (2,560x1,440p) screen resolution, which is the highest in any non-Android device so far. The big 3,340 mAh battery delivers a full day’s backup with ease. The new-look Windows 10 operating system is a key attraction of the Lumia 950XL.

Asus Zenfone Zoom

37,999 (128 GB)

Asus’ most premium smartphone the Asus Zenfone Zoom, runs on Intel’s 2.5 GHz Z3590 quad-core Atom processor, with a 6430 PowerVR graphics card and 4 GB of RAM. It offers better clock speed than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor and is considered on a par with it in terms of performance and multitasking capabilities. The display is big (5.5 inches), and has a screen resolution of 1,920x1,080p. It comes with Gorilla Glass for additional protection. Despite the presence of a 3x optical zoom, Asus has managed to keep the weight (185g) and size in check.

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