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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Best High-end Smartphones Of 2013

2013 was tough year for smartphones. Many flagship smartphones emerged and snatched the mantle of  ' Best Performer '. The iPhone 5s, LG Nexus 5, HTC One, Xperia Z1 - All led the performance charts at one point or another.

The Major upgrades in the software department includes : Blackberry OS 10.2.1, iOS 7, Windows Phone 8, Android 4.4 And others. The Hardware also received a major upgrades, While Samsung Bumped its clock speed and number of cores in its new ' Exnos ' Processors. The HTC One showcased the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. The likes of Sony Xperia Z1 And LG G2 benefited by the launch of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and to their credit, took full advantage of that.

Some New Manufactures also gained new heights like Intel And Lenovo. The Lenovo K900 is powered by Intel Atom Z2580 Processor, Making it an affordable Powerhouse.

But Which is The Best Mobile Of 2013, lets find out :

1 : Sony Xperia Z1 :

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor, Sony Xperia Z1 is no doubt one of the best mobile to be launched in 2013. It is also the second most powerful Android Smartphone,Of-course the first is LG Nexus 5. The Mobile has no negative factor, except its glass on the Back Panel, As it can get scratched easily.

Xperia Z1 Specs -

Display  : 5-inch high resolution display, IPS LCD
Processor : Quad Core Snapdragon 800  @2.20 GHz
Camera : 20.7MP camera with Sony’s 'G' Lens.
Operating System : Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Whats New : Waterproof, MicroSD Support, Android KitKat Support.
Price : 650 USD.


2 : Apple iPhone 5s :

The iPhone 5s Is completely different from the iPhones launched in the past, Both in the terms of hardware and software. The New A7 Processor is logically a major upgrade But The 'co-processor' got more focus. The Co-Processor can process data even when the phone is asleep. This provides a major performance boost to some apps, Like Navigation Apps.

iPhone 5s Specs :

Display : 4-inch 1136x460p Resolution.
Processor : A7 Chip with 64-bit Architecture. M7 Motion processor.
Camera : 8.0 MP Camera with f/2.2 aperture.
Operating System : iOS 7
Whats New : 64 Bit Processor. Co-processor. Fingerprint Scanner. iOS 7, New Colors.
Price : 400 USD.


3 : Nokia Lumia 1020 :

"Nothing Comes Closer", The tagline for Nokia Lumia 1020 justifies the product properly. Lumia 1020 sports an S4 Plus chipset with Adreno 225 GPU and 2GB RAM,Which gives it the special boost to gain a spot on our list. Obviously you need so much processing power to work up the 41 Mega-Pixel Camera. The Lumia 1020 Makes Windows Phone 8 look good. Obviously the phone would have sold more units if it has Android on it (because of Android Fanfare), But Here Windows Phone 8 beats android.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Specs :

Display : 768 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches, AMOLED Capacitive
Processor : Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
Camera : 38 Mega-Pixel , 7152 x 5368 pixelsOperating System : Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Whats New : 41 MP Camera with f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Lens.
Price : 500 USD.


4 : HTC One :


The most handsome mobile out there, HTC One is a preciously designed phone. Not only that it's a performance beast. It has a 4.7in screen with a Full HD 1,920x1,080 resolution, leading to a huge pixel density figure of 468ppi. It has Android 4.1 out of the box and is UPGRADEABLE. The mobile has HTC Sense, the modded interface of HTC. The main highlight was Ultra-Pixel Camera, which avoided the cramming of pixels in normal size photos. It's the ultimate phone of 2013 : Stunning Sound, Dazzling Display, Powerful Processor and Good Camera.

HTC One Specs :

Display : 1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.7 inches, Super LCD3 capacitive.
Processor : Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
Camera : Ultrapixel.
Operating System : Android 4.1.2, Kit-Kat Upgradable
Whats New : Ultra-Pixel Camera, Front Speakers, Design
Price : 600 USD.


5 : LG Nexus 5 :


Nexus 4, through this year, has fallen behind newer Android flagships. Nexus 5 is supposed to bring Nexus Smartphones back on the train. It packs the biggest screen, 4.95 Inches full HD IPS +, with Gorilla Glass 3. The only thing that you won't buy this phone is because "You don’t know what the nice things in life are!".

Nexus 5 Specs :

Display : 1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.95 inches (445 ppi) True HD IPS+
Processor : Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Camera : 8 Mega-Pixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels
Operating System : Android 4.4.2
Whats New : Android 4.4.2, Enhanced Android interface,
Price : 350 $


6 : LG G2 :


The LG G2 gets a worthy mention in our list mainly because its imaging capabilities and innovative design. LG G2 uses a F2.4 aperture sensor which supports Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Optical image stabilization and other features which you get in High-End imaging mobiles. G2 also takes the shutter button from side panel to back , which sits perfectly in the spot where your finger would go if your hand was resting on the back of phone. While it takes some time to focus on the subject under low light conditions but it performs great in mobile imaging sector !

LG G2 Specs : 

Display : 1080 x 1920 pixels,5.2 inches, 423 ppi, IPS LCD
Processor : 2.26 GHz, Quad Core Krait 400
Camera : 13 megapixels, F2.4 Arpture
Operating System : Android 4.2.2
Whats New : Innovative Design, Full HD Display, F2.4 Arpture
Price : 629 $


7 : BlackBerry Z10 :


2013 proved to be a good year for RIM, As BlackBerry Z10 did good in the market. The Z10 is a decent smartphone offering a strong range of features and a fancy new operating system that may catch the eye of the technologically adventurous. The BlackBerry Z10 is a good phone for people who struggle to carry around two handsets when the office won't let you bring the iPhone in. It has good camera features and great display. Obviously the new BlackBerry 10.2 supercharges the phone !

Blackberry Z10 Specs :


Display : 768 x 1280 pixels, 4.2 inches, 356 ppi, IPS LCD
Processor : 1.5 GHz Dual Core
Camera : F2.2 Aperture size, 8 Mega-Pixels
Operating System : BlackBerry 10.2
Whats New : BB10 OS
Price : 500 $


8 : Samsung Galaxy S4 :


In 2012, Samsung managed to hold down HTC but the HTC One is just too much to handle. The S4 did give a good competition tough. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a brilliant screen, a long-lasting battery and good sound, there's everything you could want in a smartphone right here. Look-wise Galaxy S4 looks just the same as the S3, Which was one of the biggest drawback in S4 sales.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs :

Display : 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches, 441 ppi, Super AMOLED
Processor : 1.9 GHz, Quad Core, Krait 300
Camera : 13 megapixels, F2.2, Camera Sensor Size : 1/3.06
Operating System : Android 4.3
Whats New : Wide Range Of Sensors, Super AMOLED Screen,
Price : 530 $.


9 : Nokia Lumia 1520 :

Nokia plans to play the field by its Lumia series, And the new Nokia Lumia 1520 is one hell of a mobile. The smartphone beast has the biggest screen in our list, Great camera and awesome processor. Our favorite mobile in the list also has mind blowing hardware, Check out the specs below :

Nokia Lumia 1520 Specs :

Display : 6.0 Inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 368 ppi, IPS LCD
Processor : 2.2 GHz, Quad Core, Krait 400
Camera : 20 megapixels, F2.4 with 1/2.5" Sensor Size
Operating System : Windows Phone 8
Whats New : Dual LED Flash, 6 Inch Display.
Price : 750 $


Part II - Best High End Smartphone of 2013 - (Under Construction)

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