10 Upcoming Smartphones to Launch in India Over the Next Few Weeks

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A lot of brands launched their newest smartphones for the first part of this year. Some of those phones, including the ASUS Zenfone 5, Samsung Galaxy S9, Sony Xperia XZ2, and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2018 expo in February. Some other brands like Honor, Huawei, and Motorola conducted separate launch events after MWC 2018 to unveil their latest phones. A few brands like HTC and OnePlus are yet to announce their smartphones for 2018. HTC is expected to unveil probably its last flagship smartphone, the HTC U12+, while OnePlus will soon announce the OnePlus 6.

Out of all the smartphones launched during MWC 2018, only the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ have been launched in India. Phones like the Mi MIX 2s, Honor 10, Huawei P20, and the Moto G6 are yet to make their way to the country. If you’re in the process of buying a new smartphone soon, and are doing your own research on the best phone you could buy in your budget, you should first have a look at the list of phones that will soon be launched in India. The list also includes some phones like the Apple iPhone SE 2 and the Xiaomi Mi A2, which haven’t been announced yet. Let us have a look at the specifications, possible launch date, and expected pricing of these phones.

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Apple iPhone SE 2: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

While there’s a lot of time before Apple announces the successors to the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 series, it will most probably announce a mid-range smartphone in the interim. While there have been conflicting reports on the existence and expected launch date of the iPhone SE 2, regulatory filings were done for eleven models of upcoming iPhones with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). EEC filings are usually done a month before the announcement date, and since the iPhone X and iPhone 8 successors will be released sometime in September 2018, we can expect these eleven iPhones to be variants of the iPhone SE 2.

Apple could unveil the iPhone SE 2 during the Worldwide Developers Conference 2018, and according to leaks and reports, the iPhone SE successor could have a 4.2-inch screen with thinner bezels. It could use the same metal-and-glass design as that of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8, and hence bring support for wireless charging. It is rumoured to be equipped with the A10 Fusion chipset, which could be paired with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. It could be made available in two storage variants: 32GB and 128GB. It could feature a 12MP rear-facing camera with 4K video recording and a 5MP front-facing camera. It is expected to come packed with a 1700mAh battery.

It is expected to be announced on June 4, 2018. The iPhone SE 2 could bear a starting price of Rs. 30,000 for the 32GB storage variant. The expected pricing of the 128GB storage variant could be somewhere in the vicinity of Rs. 35,000 in India. Apple’s strategy to release a cheaper smartphone such as the iPhone 5C failed, but the iPhone SE 2 could be an instant hit, especially if it features a bezel-less screen design and a price that’s cheaper than the iPhone 7 series (which is still being sold for Rs. 42,000).

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 will be the first result of the partnership between ASUS and Flipkart to launch customised smartphones in India with value-for-money price tags and features to suit the needs of consumers in the country. The name of the phone was announced on April 17, 2018, and it is expected to be fully unveiled at an event on April 23. While the pricing of the phone wasn’t unveiled, it is being rumoured that the Zenfone Max Pro M1 will be priced somewhere around Rs. 15,000 and sold exclusively through Flipkart.

The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 is also being launched in Indonesia, and the teaser images have revealed a lot of the phone’s features and specifications. It will have a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, and minimal bezels around the display. It will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, up to 6GB RAM, and up to 64GB of internal storage. There will be a microSD card slot for storage expansion. A base variant with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage can be expected. A dual-camera setup with a 16MP primary sensor will be present at the Zenfone Max Pro M1’s rear, and it can click portrait images. A 16MP camera will be present at the front with soft-LED flash.

Other features include pure version of Android with stock user interface. We expect it to run Android 8.0 or Android 8.1. The phone will also feature a 5-magnet speaker, a fingerprint reader at its rear, fast Face Unlock, a dual-SIM card slot, and a USB Type-C port. The phone will also come with a large-capacity battery at 5000mAh.

Honor 10

Honor 10: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

The Honor 10 was unveiled in China earlier this week, and it is an Honor counterpart of the Huawei Mate 20. It features a 5.84-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio, and a bezel-less screen design, but with a notch near the front-facing camera. It has a dual-camera setup at its rear, consisting of a 24MP monochrome sensor and a 16MP colour sensor (with f/1.8 aperture). It can click portrait images and capture 4K videos. The front-facing camera uses a 24MP sensor to click selfies.

The Honor 10 runs Android 8.1 Oreo based EMUI 8.1 software. The Honor 10 is equipped with a Kirin 970 processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. There’s no microSD card slot, though. It’s a dual-SIM phone with 4G LTE, gigabit Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. It has a front-facing fingerprint reader, a Hi-Fi audio chip (AK4376A), and a 3400mAh battery with Super Charge (5V, 4.5A). The phone could be launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 30,000 as a replacement for the Honor View10. However, there’s a possibility of Huawei snubbing its launch in favour of the Huawei P20 Pro.

Huawei P20 Pro, P20 Lite: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

The Huawei P20 Pro features a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen, while the Huawei P20 Lite uses a 5.84-inch LTPS screen. Both the phones have screens with Full HD+ resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio, and a screen notch. The P20 Pro and the P20 Lite run Android 8.1 Oreo based EMUI 8.1 software. The P20 Pro has a Kirin 970 chipset, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage. The P20 Lite uses a Kirin 659 processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB/64GB storage. Both phones have front-facing fingerprint readers, dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C ports.

The Huawei P20 Pro has a triple camera sensor, consisting of a 40MP colour sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor, and an 8MP 3x telephoto sensor. All the sensors are used to click excellent images. It can even capture portrait images and 4K videos. There’s a 24MP selfie camera at the P20 Pro’s front. The Huawei P20 Lite has a 16MP+2MP dual rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording. A 16MP front-facing camera is tasked with clicking selfies and capturing videos. The P20 Pro has a 4000mAh battery, while the P20 Lite has a 3000mAh battery.

The P20 Lite could be launched in India with a price tag of somewhere around Rs. 20,000, while the P20 Pro could be launched with a price tag of Rs. 40,000. Both phones will be launched exclusively through Amazon.in on April 24.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s

Mi MIX 2s: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

The Mi MIX 2s will succeed the Mi MIX 2, and features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with bezel-less design and Full HD+ resolution. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo based MIUI 9.5 software. The phone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB/256GB storage. In India, Xiaomi could launch the variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s a fingerprint reader at its rear.

It has a dual-12MP camera setup, with 2x optical zoom for the secondary sensor, dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, 4-axis OIS, and 4K video recording. It can capture images with bokeh mode as well. There’s a 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording. It has a dual-SIM card slot, GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. It lacks a 3.5mm headphone port. The phone is powered by a 3400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

The phone could debut in India with a price tag of Rs. 35,999. Expect it to be launched in India in 8-10 weeks time to compete with the Honor P20 Pro and the OnePlus 6.

Moto G6, G6 Plus, G6 Play: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

The Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and the Moto G6 Play, which were unveiled in Brazil earlier this week, could soon be launched in India. The Moto G6 Plus has a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution, while the Moto G6 has a 5.7-inch screen with similar resolution. The Moto G6 Play has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution. All phones have metal-and-glass designs with water splash resistance. The Moto G6 Plus and the Moto G6 have 12MP+5MP dual-camera setups with dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus. The Moto G6 Plus can record 4K videos, while the Moto G6 can record 1080p videos. The Moto G6 Play has a 13MP rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording. All three phones have 8MP front-facing cameras with 1080p videos and LED flashes.

The Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6, and Moto G6 Play have Snapdragon 630, Snapdragon 450, and Snapdragon 430 processors. The Moto G6 Plus 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage. The Moto G6 has 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage. The Moto G6 Play has 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB internal storage. All Moto G6 series smartphones have dual-SIM card slots and microSD card slots. The Moto G6 Plus has Bluetooth 5.0, while the other two phones have Bluetooth 4.2. All phones have front-facing fingerprint readers. The Moto G6 Plus has a 3200mAh battery, the Moto G6 has a 3000mAh battery, and the Moto G6 Play has a 4000mAh battery. All phones are compatible with Turbo Charge. Expect these phones to be priced anywhere between the Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 range.

Moto E5, E5 Plus, E5 Play: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

Along with the Moto G6 series of phones, Motorola also launched the Moto E5 series of phones. The Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5, and Moto E5 Play have 6-inch, 5.7-inch, 5.2-inch IPS LCD screens with HD+ resolution. All phones run Android 8.0 and use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processors. The Moto E5 and the Moto E5 Play have 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The Moto E5 Plus will be available in two variants, the cheaper variant with 2GB and 16GB storage, and a pricier variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. All phones have microSD card slots and fingerprint readers.

The Moto E5 Plus has a 12MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase-detection and laser autofocus, and 1080p video recording. The Moto E5 uses a 13MP rear-facing camera, but with smaller pixels and lacks laser autofocus in comparison with the Moto E5 Plus. It can record Full HD videos, too. The Moto E5 has an 8MP rear-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, and 1080p video recording. All the Moto E5 series phones have 5MP front-facing cameras accompanied by soft-LED flash. The Moto E5 Plus 5000mAh battery, the Moto E5 has a 4000mAh battery, and the Moto E5 Play has a 2800mAh battery.

The Moto E5 series of phones can be priced anywhere between Rs. 7000 to Rs. 12000, with the Moto E5 Play being the cheapest and the Moto E5 Plus being the costliest. The could be launched in India next month along with the Moto G6 series of phones.

OnePlus 6 to Launch as Amazon Exclusive

OnePlus 6: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

The OnePlus 6 will be launched in India next week, and it could have a starting price of Rs. 34,000 for the 64GB variant and a price of Rs. 40,000 for the 256GB storage variant. It features a 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It will run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with OxygenOS customisations. Nothing much is known about its camera features, but we expect a 12MP+20MP dual rear-facing camera setup with dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus and 4K video recording. It could continue using a 16MP front-facing camera, something that has  been used since the OnePlus 3T.

The OnePlus 6 has been confirmed to be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, and 64GB/256GB internal storage. It doesn’t support storage expansion because it lacks a microSD card slot. It will feature a dual-SIM card slot, though, as well as 4G LTE, GPS, gigabit Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. It will also be the first phone from OnePlus to feature IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. It will come packed with a slightly larger, 3450mAh battery. OnePlus will also be launched an Avengers: Infinity War special edition variant of the phone.

Mi A2 (Mi 6X) all colour variants leaked ahead of launch on April 25: Expected price in India, specs, features

Xiaomi Mi A2: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

The Mi 6X has been certified by TENAA, and it could be launched in India as well as the US market with the Xiaomi Mi A2 name. It could run Android 8.1 Oreo with stock Android user interface. It will have a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, and a minimal-bezel screen design. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. There will also be a variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

As opposed to the Mi A1, which uses a dual-12MP camera at its rear, the Mi A2 could sport a 12MP+20MP dual rear-facing camera. The 12MP sensor features f/1.8 aperture, while the 20MP sensor uses f/2.2 aperture. The rear-facing camera can also record 4K videos. Connectivity features include GPS, dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, IR port, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. It could come equipped with a 3000mAh battery.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 could be launched with a price tag of around Rs. 15,000. Expect the Mi 6X to be launched on April 25, 2018 in China, and then it will be launched in India as the Mi A2 after a few months.

Xiaomi Redmi S2: Price in India, Launch Date, Specs, Features

The Xiaomi Redmi S2 is a new phone and a launch of a new series. It is a lower-end phone with a 6-inch IPS LCD screen and HD+ resolution (1440×720 pixels). It features a dual-rear-facing camera, consisting of a 12MP Sony IMX486 sensor or a 12MP OmniVision OV12A10 sensor in combination with a 5MP Samsung S5K5E8 sensor. It can record Full HD 1080p videos. At the front, the phone will use a 5MP camera using a Samsung S5KEB sensor. It could also be launched as a successor to the Redmi Y1. As found out by XDA Developers, it will be launched in China and India.

The Redmi S2 could use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM, and 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage. It will run Android 8.0 Oreo based MIUI 9 interface. It will have a rear-facing fingerprint reader and Face Unlock mechanism for user authentication. The phone will come packed with a 3000mAh battery. It is a dual-SIM phone, and will be available in seven colours: Black, Blue, Gold, Gray, Pink, Red, Rose Gold, Silver, and White. It could be launched in India with an expected price of somewhere around Rs. 10,000.