The competition is getting hotter and hotter in the market for high end smartphones. Handset manufacturers are introducing more new models with innovative features to capture a bigger pie of this lucrative segment. As most of the phones in this segment now boast similar feature set, selecting the best among them can be somewhat difficult. I have selected the top 5 high end smartphones available in the Indian market to make your choice easier.

Below are the top 5 high end smartphones in India:

HTC One  (Rs. 40,749/ US$ 599)


HTC One is inarguably the best high end smart phone available in the market now. As HTC was serious about regaining the lost market share in the lucrative market for Android based smart phones, it didn’t leave any stone unturned to make the HTC One a success. To start with, the HTC One is a beautiful device with its aluminum body and nicely rounded curves. The phone is powered by a 1.7GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor which is coupled with 2 GB of RAM to give superb processing speed. HTC One runs on the latest Android 4.1.2 (upgradeable to Android 4.2) and comes in 32 GB and 64 GB versions. Memory of the device cannot be expanded with a microSD card. So you need to select the version with adequate memory to suit your needs.  Its 4.7 inch super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution (Full HD) and 16M color support gives superb display quality. HTC One has a unique 4 UltraPixel camera which captures crispier images with smaller file sizes. HTC claims that the  camera is better than the 13 megapixel cameras seen on other high end smart phones. HTC has included all the latest connectivity options like NFC and 4G-LTE in the phone. A 2,300 mAh battery keeps the phone alive for a full day after a complete charge. Buy the HTC One if you want the best Android smartphone in the market and if you can pay the top dollars for it.

Samsung Galaxy S4(Rs. 34,990/ US$ 629)

The latest flagship phone from Samsung comes next in the list of top 5 high end smartphones in India. Just like its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, Samsung has packed in all the best features under the hood of the Galaxy S4. Unlike the HTC One, Galaxy S4 comes with a plastic case which has an impact on the look of the phone. Under the hood of the phone is a 1.2GHz quad processor, 2 GB RAM, and 2600 mAh battery which gives an excellent standby time of 370 hours. Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) out of the box which is topped up by Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Like other Samsung smartphones, TouchWiz UI greatly improves Android’s interface but at the same time radically changes the core Android experience. The phone has an internal memory of 16 GB which can be expanded by another 64 GB through a microSD card. This latest flagship Galaxy has a bigger  5 inch Full HD display and a 13 megapixel rear camera with Full HD video recording feature. Other proprietary features from Samsung like ‘S Voice’ personal assistant, Smart Scroll, S-Health fitness tracking system, etc. add further oomph to the gadget.

Apple iPhone 5 (Rs. 43,950/ US$ 650)

The latest version of the Apple’s iPhone maintains its position in the market with a range of improvements on both the hardware and software fronts. The most visible improvement in the iPhone 5 is its display size which is increased to 4 inches. Unlike the earlier versions, the iPhone 5 has an aluminum construction which improves the look as well as the build quality of the phone. At a time when smart phones are getting bulkier and bulkier, the iPhone 5 is slim (thickness of just 7.6 mm) and light in weight (just 113 grams). iPhone 5 is powered by the latest A6 1.3 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM which gives a speed which is comparable with that of the other top end smartphones in the market like the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. The latest iPhone runs on iOS 6 which has several new features like a built-in Maps app which replaces Google Maps and and improved version of the Siri personal assistant.

BlackBerry Z10 (Rs. 35,779/ US$ 445)

The Z10 is to BlackBerry (formerly RIM) what HTC One is to HTC as BlackBerry too wanted to revive its fortunes with the new Z10. BlackBerry is the first phone to be released with the latest BlackBerry 10 OS (BB10). Z10 has a 1.5 GHz dual core processor with 2 GB RAM that gives excellent processing speed. Other hardware features include 16 GB of internal memory and a 1800 mAh battery which give a talk time of 10-12 hours. Just like the Galaxy S4, the Z10 too has a plastic casing which doesn’t have a premium look. The biggest selling point for the Z10 is its OS. BB10 brings several new advancements like gesture system to control the device, better multimedia features, BlackBerry Hub to keep a track of all incoming messages, and a superior web browser for great browsing experience. The phone has a 4.2 inch display with a resolution of 768 * 1280 pixels which gives one of the highest pixel density seen on any smart phone till date. The 8 megapixel primary rear camera too is a big improvement over the cameras seen on earlier BlackBerry devices and can snap equal quality pictures like that of any other high end smartphone. BlackBerry Z10 is a great choice for people who don’t like having a separate phone for official and personal uses. Limited availability of apps for the new BB10 OS is one thing that should be kept in mind by heavy app users before buying the Z10.

Sony Xperia Z (Rs. 32,999/ US$ 540)

Xperia Z marks Sony’s success in bringing a top notch smart phone to the market which can compete with other top device manufacturers’ flagship phones. Xperia Z has superb design which makes it to stand out from the other gadgets in the segment. Its reflective glass surface gives it a premium look which is matched only by HTC One. Xperia Z runs on the now slightly older Android 4.1 OS.  It has a 1.5 GHz quad core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 2330 mAh battery, and 16 GB of internal memory under its hood. Xperia Z’s 5 inch Full HD display and the 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash makes the Xperia Z a multimedia beast which is still not matched by many top end smartphones in the market. Sony Xperia Z is completely resistant to water and dust as all the phone’s ports are completely sealed off.  Xperia Z is for those people who want a really distinctive looking Android phone.