meIt’s the season of gifts and shopping: Diwali. This is good news if you’re in the market for some new gadgets: eCommerce stores have various deals on sale. Just at that time, there are also numerous new products on the market.
If you want to buy a new smartphone, there are many options. New iPhones are always up for grabs; my favorite of the new batch is the iPhone 14 plus, which promises a combination of class-leading battery life that lasts a day and a half and packs cameras that are better than the iPhone “pro” from 2021. It also provides stupendous performance that will last at least 3 years, all in one elegant and iconic shape. As this is the most affordable new iPhone, starting at Rs 79,999. It’s expensive, but a Rs 7,000 cashback offer for HDFC cardholders helps.
For Android fansSamsung Galaxy ZFlip 3 from 2021 is the smartphone deal of the season. It now starts at Rs 59,999, which is a discount of Rs 25,000 from the launch price of the phone. It also helps that the Flip 3 is a high-performance, foldable phone.
The new Google Pixel 7 is also an excellent option for people considering its starting price of Rs 59,999, which can be further reduced to Rs 49,999 through cashback offers on Flipkart. It’s the Android phone of the year with its superlative still camera, AI chops, and sleek design. And if this is too much, the previous year’s Pixel 6a should not be discounted as it is also available at a reduced price of Rs 34,199.
Considering that 5G has just been launched in India, the Xiaomi Redmi 11 Pro+ 5G it is like the de facto gateway drug to the ultra-high-speed networks being rolled out in India. It has performance, a big screen and great cameras along with 5G connectivity. Starting at Rs 22,999, it’s one of the best deals for an entry-level 5G phone in India right now.
Moving away from smartphones, the Asus VivoBook 14 X1402 With the 12th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, it’s an incredible deal. It is a fast laptop, with a compact and elegant design. It also has a beautiful display with an 82 percent screen-to-body ratio. It starts at Rs 47,990, well below its Rs 62,990 price.
Audiophiles will appreciate the Sonodyne Alaap loudspeaker. at 16,000 rupees, offers unparalleled sound fidelity in an old-school wooden cabinet that supports wired and wireless connectivity. There is no app, but an old remote. There’s no smarts, but if you care about sound, it works brilliantly as an audio system or as something to boost the sound of your TV. If you buy two of them, you can pair them together and have a bigger soundstage too.
Steller looks, good speakers on TV
Speaking of TVs, if you simply want the best, then there’s no escaping the Samsung Frame TV. It provides QLED technology, which isn’t top-tier but is excellent in most conditions and has a high refresh rate that gamers can appreciate. It’s based on Samsung’s Tizen operating system and the software is fast and smooth. It also supports Apple’s AirPlay protocol, so it will work well with devices from the Cupertino-based stable. The TV is available in 43, 50, 55, 65 and 75-inch options with prices ranging from Rs 61,990 and Rs 294,990.
But if you need an affordable smart TV, Xiaomi is the leader in the space for good reason. Your OLED Vision TV 4K with a 55-inch screen is now available at Rs 94,999, which is half the original cost. Remember, OLED screens are very expensive and Xiaomi’s new TV looks stellar and is backed up with good speakers.
If you want to go for something more basic, then the Xiaomi Smart TV X series is the one to go for, starting at Rs 26,999 for the base 43-inch model.
Post-Diwali Air Purifiers
The Diwali season also means, especially in North India, that pollution levels become problematic. Air purifiers are the need of the hour. Xiaomi’s Mi Air Purifier 3 is a reliable choice in Rs 9,999, which is slightly lower than its Rs 12,999 version.
Swedish brand BlueAir isn’t as popular as Dyson or Philips, but its Joy S air purifier is the best in the business. It is expensive (Rs 36,000) but is still cheaper than Dyson’s options and provides better cleaning ability.
(Edited by Ratan Priya)