To help you figure out the best option for your needs, here are the latest mobile devices in the market – from nostalgic throwbacks to AI powerhouses.
LG G7+ ThinQ
The latest flagship phone from LG has much to shout about: artificial intelligence (AI) camera, large 6.1-inch screen, and ‘boombox’ speakers. But none will stand out more than the familiar faces of K-pop boy band BTS, who are the ambassadors of the LG G7+ ThinQ ($1,198). Seven handsome reasons aside, this ‘personalised AI smartphone’ is made for all your entertainment needs. Capture crisp images with its dual rear 16-megapixel cameras that function well even in lowlight situations (handy for concerts!), or jam out to BTS hits with speakers that deliver resonant sounds with powerful basses.
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Huawei Honor 10
The Huawei Honor 10 ($579) makes its Southeast Asia debut. Its humble size of a 5.84-inch display comes loaded with features that make the phone punch well above its weight. Like most smartphones, it comes with an AI camera that automatically adjusts to the optimal setting, making photo-taking that much easier. Performance is fast, complemented with an impressive hardware wrapped in an iridescent glass design. For what the brand lacks in popularity, it certainly makes up for in its specifications.
The Vivo X21 ($799) introduces a few proud features: in-screen fingerprint sensor, stunningly vivid screen display, and local heartthrob Nathan Hartono as its music ambassador. But what really steals the show is its 12-megapixel camera that will bring your selfie game to the next level with the AI Face Beauty function, which effectively detects skin tones and ambient light conditions.
‘90s kids who remember the 8-bit snake game of yesteryears will appreciate the iconic Nokia 8110 ($109). Tapping into their archives, the Matrix-inspired slider phone will make a comeback – this time with updated features. Available in black and yellow, it comes with 4G connectivity complete with an app store to access all your usual smartphone essentials. And befitting of all Nokia phones, this trooper also boasts incredible battery life (up to 25 days of standby time), and a sliding tactile mechanic that allows users to end or pick up a call. That’s not forgetting a revamped version of our favourite snake game.
Nokia 7 Plus
For a mid-range phone that isn’t mediocre, the Nokia 7 Plus ($599) comes decently balanced in price, style and hardware. Designed for creating picture-perfect content, it has a 16-megapixel front camera, rear-dual cameras, and Dual- Sight technology that captures a #Bothie using the front and rear camera simultaneously. The enhanced processor also comes hidden in a cool ceramic-like coating with a two-day battery life. The only downside? It’ll make putting down the phone that much harder now.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo
Those looking for an affordable introduction into Samsung’s smartphone family should consider the Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo ($348). Within its thin and sleek frame comes a 5.5- inch Super AMOLED display providing clear, crisp imagery. Its function extends to its dual- rear camera (13-megapixel at its highest) and 8-megapixel front camera, with dual SIM capabilities and the option of expandable memory. At a surprisingly affordable price point of $348, it’s a wallet-friendly option from a widely popular brand worth converting for.
Combining both looks and function is the OPPO R15 ($749). On the exterior, the glass design creates a lustrous surface for colours like Nebula Purple and Rouge Red to dazzle in the light. Plus, it comes with a bezel-less 6.28-inch display that covers 90 per cent of the front body. Inside, you get an AI camera with intelligent scene recognition and technology that tackles backlit selfies. Other notable features include near-field communication and a roomy 128GB internal storage.
This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 3, out on newsstands now!