With the advancement in technology, we have access to various things that were difficult to reach in the past with just a single swipe on our smartphones or computer. On one side, this has made tech more affordable and we are expecting to see affordable 5G smartphones, cheaper accessories such as smartwatches and truly wireless earbuds, smart TVs, and convertible laptops.
Most Expensive Devices Launched In India In 2019
Though affordability is one of the prime focuses, it does not rule out the premium devices from the market. The pricing of premium offerings is on the rise and has reached new heights. So, the final pricing of the desired products depends on what features and capabilities that we actually need.
Talking about the premium devices, the foldable display is an emerging trend and devices with such a display come at a cost. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the foldable smartphone from the company is one of the most expensive offerings in the segment. But that's not all! There are smart TVs, gaming smartphones, gaming laptops, phones with insane zooming capabilities, premium smartwatches and more that carry a premium price tag.
As we are nearing the end of this year, we have curated a list of the most expensive devices launched in India in 2019. Take a look at this to know the premium offerings available across product categories.
Diving deep into the smartphone market, the year 2019 has marked the arrival of 5G smartphones and foldable masterpieces. There are devices that feature cutting-edge technologies such as 3D cameras, insane zoom capabilities up to 50x, 120Hz refresh rate, and more. These new innovations are yet to get into the mainstream, so these take the pricing of the devices uphill.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
To mention a few examples, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the most expensive smartphone to be launched this year. It was relaunched with increased durability and address the screen issues faced by users previously. This smartphone comes with a 7.3-inch QHD+ Infinity Flex display and six cameras with it are used in the tablet mode. It is priced at Rs. 1,64,999. Also, there are Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 series that cost premium.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Then comes the iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 11 Pro. While the iPhone 11 is a relatively affordable offering, the Phone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB models starting from Rs. 99,900 and Rs. 109,900 respectively. Notably, these current-generation iPhones are more powerful than rivals and feature the powerful Apple A13 Bionic chip, advanced display, triple rear cameras, and many more improvements.
Huawei P30 Pro
The other premium priced offering in the smartphone in the country is the Huawei P30 Pro. While smartphone makers were focusing on 48MP primary camera, the Chinese brand entered into a partnership with Leica and brought the insane P30 Pro with 5x optical, 10x hybrid and 50x digital zoom.
Smartwatches are meant to be more than just timekeeping. These gadgets let users do a lot of more as these can double as GPS trackers, fitness trackers, portable media players, and display notifications among other capabilities. As many people have started using smartwatches, several big brands exist in this market segment.
Apple Watch Series 5
One of the most expensive smartwatches in India is Apple Watch Series 5. It sports an Always-on Retina Display, international emergency calling, inbuilt compass, and a lot more. The smartwatch comes in a range of materials including titanium. Running watchOS 6 and long-lasting battery life, the Apple Watch Series 5 is priced starting from Rs. 40,900 in India.
Garmin Fenix 6 Smartwatches
Not only Apple but also Garmin has launched a premium lineup of smartwatches in the country. The Garmin Fenix series of smartwatches comprising Fenix 6, Fenix 6S, and Fenix 6X Pro Solar has the Body Battery feature that shows the energy levels in real-time. This premium lineup is priced starting from Rs. 79,990.
Apple AirPods Pro
One product category that has witnessed major progress is the headphones. Moving from the traditional wired headphones, several brands revolutionized the segment with Bluetooth technology. Eventually, there have been numerous wireless headphones, both over-the-ear, and in-ear.
The next level in this tech was introduced by Apple back in 2016. The Cupertino-based tech giant came up with the Apple AirPods, a pair of truly wireless earbuds. This segment has been exploited now by numerous brands and Apple launched the next-generation model dubbed Apple AirPods Pro recently for Rs. 24,990.
Sennheiser IE 80S
Besides Apple, there are many brands that are popular for audio products and one such brand is Sennheiser. Last month, the company took the wraps off the Sennheiser IE 80S audiophile-grade wireless earphones. This pair of earphones has an inbuilt AKM DAC to make sure there is a considerable performance with high sonic accuracy. The Sennheiser IE 80S is priced at Rs. 39,990.
Of late, the smart TV market has witnessed drastic changes in the Indian market. Following the success of Xiaomi, many other smartphone brands are also venturing into the market segment. Some notable ones are Motorola, Nokia, and OnePlus.
Samsung is one of the brands that had a long presence in the smart TV market. The latest solution from the company is The Wall, which is designed with a modular MicroLED display. It features support for AI upscaling, 2000 nits of peak brightness, 120Hz video rate, and Quantum HDR tech. The Wall is priced all the way from Rs. 3.5 crores to Rs. 12 crores. Though there aren't many other smart TVs as expensive as The Wall from Samsung, there are many others that cost a few lakhs.
HP Elite Dragonfly
The laptop market has been witnessing a lot of developments in recent times, thanks to the companies that have focused on launching convertibles, high-end hardware, and more. The premium laptops in India are focused on the enterprise users and come with top-of-the-line specifications, features and design.
While many laptop brands come up with advanced offerings, here we have listed a few of them. One such model is the HP Elite Dragonfly. It is a compact business convertible with magnesium. Along with the adaptable design, the HP offering comes with support for WiFi 6, an ultra-quiet keyboard, and more. HP Elite Dragonfly is priced starting from Rs. 1,49,990 in the country.
Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch
Last month, Apple launched the refreshed MacBook Pro and now it is available for purchase starting from Rs. 1,99,990. The high-end model of the Apple notebook with the Core i9 processor, 1TB storage and 16GB RAM is priced at Rs. 2,29,990. The MacBook Pro comes with the new scissor-switch design, Magic Keyboard, better speakers, new processors, and a larger display.
Asus ROG ZEPHYRUS S GX701
The next one that we will see in the list of most expensive devices launched in India is a gaming laptop. Well, Asus launched a slew of gaming laptops including the Zephyrus S Series, Zephyrus M, Strix G, Strix Scar III, and Hero III. These gaming laptops get the power from a 9th Gen Intel Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GPU and more and is priced starting from Rs. 2,99,990. A few other premium laptops that have been launched in India this year are the LG Gram 17-inch, Asus ZenBook Pro Duo and more.
Photography is might interest many but it could prove to be expensive for those looking for a professional camera. While there are entry-level cameras and lenses for beginners or casual photographers, there are high-end ones with ample features and capabilities as well. In India, a few recent offerings prove to be expensive as detailed here.
Recently, the Sony a9 II 24.2MP full-frame camera was launched in India carrying a price tag of Rs. 3,99,990 for the body alone. This camera comes with a lot of features such as faster BIONZ X image processing engine, updated connectivity options, better autofocus and more as compared to rivals. There is inbuilt wireless LAN, support for 5GHz band, and other additional features. The camera comes with dual media slots and has 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization.
Canon EOS RP Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera
The other notable offering is the Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera with a 26.2MP CMOS sensor. This full-frame mirrorless camera is priced at Rs. 1,10,495 for just the body and the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens bundle costs Rs. 1,99,490.