The last month of 2013 surprisingly saw a number of launches that could well have an affect on the market this year. Let’s take a look back at some of the prominent launches of December 2013.
Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia launched its biggest ever Windows Phone 8 smartphone in the form of the Lumia 1520. It’s got a great-sounding 6-inch screen and runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8, so you get extra live tiles and of course Nokia’s signature camera software.
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
Samsung launched the successor to the Grand and this one too is expected to be a big hit just like the phone launched early last year. In terms of specifications, everything has been updated and you can have a closer look at the phone through our initial hands-on experience.
Grand 2 features all of Samsung's software extras
Karbonn Titanium X
Karbonn launched its flagship Titanium X smartphone for Rs 18,490, a price that sets it apart as the top-end phone from Karbonn’s stable. The stars of the show are the 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) IPS display and the quad-core 1.5GHz processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. In terms of photography, the Titanium X brings a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash to the battleground. To round off the high-end camera experience, there’s a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
Gionee Elife E7
Gionee has taken the Indian market by storm with the amazingly-priced Elife E7. With specs that can give the best in the business a run for the money, it’s priced well under Rs 30,000 and could turn out to be the big trump card for the Chinese company. Check out our hands-on and first impressions of the phone.
ELIFE E7 is the flagship phone from Gionee sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC
HTC Desire 601
HTC bolstered its entry-level and mid-range portfolio last month. The Desire 601 has middling specs with a 4.5-inch display, 5-megapixel camera and a dual-core Snapdragon 400 SoC. The only good point is the large 2100 mAh battery, which given the specs should deliver good battery life. It’s price tag of Rs 24,190 is ludicrous though.
Gionee Elife E7 Mini
Along with the 5.5-inch E7, there was a 4.7-inch Mini version launched exclusively in India. The rotating camera is the highlight feature, but we were suitably impressed with the build quality and other aspects as well.
LG G Flex
India’s first curved display phone will hit stores in February but was announced in December. The G Flex sports a 6-inch 720p Plastic OLED (POLED) display. The design is vertical oriented as the phone is curved on the horizontal axis. One of the highlights of the device is the “self healing” protective film for the back panel. LG claims that the phone can heal itself against minor scratches and bumps. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM8974) clocked at 2.26 GHz and coupled with 2GB of RAM. On the connectivity front, one can expect support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB 3.0.
HTC Desire 700
The HTC Desire 700, the most expensive amongst the recent HTC launches and has a price tag of Rs 33,050. It sports a 5-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Just like the flagship HTC One, the dual SIM Desire 700 features HTC BoomSound dual-front stereo speakers with built-in amplifier. One can expect connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, GPS/AGPS and 3G. The smartphone packs a 2100mAh battery that promises up to 11.6 hours of talktime and up to 582 hours of standby time. HTC might have erred with the pricing again.
Google Play Edition Sony Z Ultra
Google announced a Play Edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and dropped the Xperia name along with Sony’s UI. The stock Android-running phone is otherwise identical in specs to Sony’s phablet. That means a 6.4-inch full HD display and Snapdragon 800 guts. See our review of the Z Ultra.
Nokia Asha 503
Nokia’s Asha line-up got a new kingpin in the form of the 503. It’s the most high-end of the three new Asha phones, but we suspect it still lacks the appeal to compete against Android or even Windows Phone.
The new Asha 503
Xolo threw its hat into the phablet ring with the massive Q3000 with a 5.5-inch display. It has a large 4000 mAh battery as well so the size has been put to good use. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6589T processor coupled with a healthy 2GB of RAM.