OnePlus 5

Flagship slayer. OnePlus devices in the past haven’t shied away from wearing this tag. Except there’s been one missing link – the camera

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Flagship slayer. OnePlus devices in the past haven’t shied away from wearing this tag. Except there’s been one missing link – the camera. It’s why the OnePlus 5 is riding on its dual cam, something iPhone 7 Plus made fashionable since the end of last year.

OnePlus hasn’t been coy about replicating the 7Plus’ dual cam strategy (with a telephoto lens and 1.6x zoom), and has also taken design cues from the 7Plus. It’s the best looking OnePlus device ever, we dig the slight curved corners and edges and also the slim (7.25mm) form. The 5 sports the same display (1080 x 1920 pixels/ 401 PPI) we saw on last year’s OnePlus 3T. OnePlus’ devices have always addressed our ‘Need for Speed’, the 5 is no different. It is propelled by Qualcomm’s powerful new Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB of RAM(for the 128GB ROM version & 6GB of RAM for the 64GB on-board memory version). We managed a day’s battery (3300 mAh battery) life with moderate usage; OnePlus’ proprietary ‘dash charging’ fires up this device in quick time.

Clearly the OnePlus 5 is a hardware powerhouse, add its minimalist Cyanogen user interface and you have one of the most seamless hardware-software blends in an Android device. If there’s one reason to buy the 5 it’s the stellar primary cam - a blend of a 16MP and a 20MP lens. Aside from the optical zoom, the dual cam opens up a host of possibilities like depth of field and the portrait mode we saw on the 7Plus. It’s certainly not in the same league as the S8 in lowlight and lacks OIS. The 5 has all the stuff we’ve loved about OnePlus phones with a sharper cam. (032,999/64GB & 037,999/128GB)

CAT S60

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You can dive underwater with the CAT S60 and activate extra protection. It is powered by a 1.5GHz + 1.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm MSM8952 processor, has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage with an SD card slot. The 3800 mAh battery is good. The CAT S60 runs on Android 6.0 (aka Marshmallow) and the 13MP and 5MP Selfie cams do admirably in most scenarios; the screen is responsive even underwater, allowing you to snap images from almost anywhere. CAT’s tie up with FLIR allows you to flip to the thermal imaging cam effortlessly. Its spec sheet might not be as formidable as some others, but its rugged appeal and functionality is something few devices can match. 064,999

Micromax Dual 5

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The Dual 5 is the brand’s most expensive phone. The Dual is for a primary camera with two 13MP lenses (one is monochrome), that work seamlessly together and deliver a stellar cam experience even in lowlight while the selfie does an admirable job, too. The Dual 5 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 processor and 4GB of RAM. There’s 128GB of on-board storage and expandable memory. The 3200 mAh battery has enough juice for a whole day at work.

A fingerprint impression takes you to a zone where you can hide sensitive stuff. The Dual 5 is good-looking and easily the best Micromax smartphone. At 024,999 other devices merit consideration.

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