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Best smartphones for coming Christmas holidays

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Anyone shopping for a top-of-the-range smartphone this Christmas will be spoiled for choice, with a host of high-end models raising the game on previous generations with ramped-up performances, top-notch cameras and optimized operating systems.


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The Note 7 fiasco means that the Galaxy S7 edge, launched back in March, is flying the flag for Samsung’s high-end offering alongside the Galaxy S7. This handset has a 5.5in screen with curved edges, and is very similar to the Galaxy S6 edge in design. It does, however, get a processor upgrade, promising 30% more power than the previous model, as well as 4GB of RAM. It runs the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system with Samsung’s own TouchWiz interface and has a new front-facing main camera promising better results in low light and with moving subjects. This water-resistant phone even has a microSD slot for boosting storage. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is out now priced US$770 (RM3,340) for the 32GB model.


Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The new iPhone 7 Plus, which launched in September 2016, raises its predecessor’s game with an exclusive dual-lens telephoto and wide-angle camera with 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. This handset is positioned as a new reference in the field of smartphone photography with its 12-Megapixel camera, which films high-res video in resolutions up to 4K. However, like the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t have a mini-jack connector. The iPhone 7 Plus is out now priced US$770 (RM3,340)  for the 32GB model.


OnePlus 3

Although it sells for just US$399 (RM1,730), the OnePlus 3 has nothing to envy of the other top-of-the-range smartphones in this selection. This 5.5inhandset offers a design largely inspired by the latest-generation iPhones, but comes at a much more affordable price. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 16- and 8-Megapixel Sony cameras, and 6GB of RAM. Note that this mobile runs on OxygenOS, a mobile operating system based on Android Marshmallow and developed directly by OnePlus.


Huawei Mate 9

The Huawei Mate 9 is a 5.9-inch smartphone that has the advantage of shipping with an interface (EMUI 5.0) based on Android Nougat (7.0). Huawei has loaded its latest smartphone with a power-packed processor (Kirin 960) and “SuperCharge” technology promising a daily charging time of just 20 minutes, according to the manufacturer. Plus, the device features a next-gen version of the dual-lens camera with optical zoom designed in partnership with Leica. The Mate 9 is due out in November priced €700 (RM3,260) for the 64GB model. Note that a limited-edition Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design model is also set for release, priced €1,395 (RM6,685).

Source by: Internet

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