2018 might have seen its fair share of new smartphones launched by different brands; there still may be room for a few more before the year comes to a close. Mid-range phones, budget phones and flagship smartphones, we’ve seen it all in the year, with each brand trying to offer something more unique than the other. In the end, the customer is the winner because the options provided by these many smartphones are just unbelievable, and choosing has instead become difficult.
In the coming time, there’s going to be more difficulties faced by the consumer as we prepare ourselves for five new flagship or high-ended devices that are set to hit the market anytime. It could happen before the year ends or at least, early next year. Either way, we cannot wait till these come out, so let’s talk about these upcoming devices and what we know about it so far.
The second one OnePlus releases, in most cases an upgrade to the earlier device, has traditionally proved every penny of the customer is valued. Compared to other smartphone brands, OnePlus has historically offered brilliant, high-end specifications with comparatively more reasonable pricing than other flagship phones. The next thing coming out of the OnePlus box is the OnePlus 6T. So what do we know about it so far?
The OnePlus 6T consists of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, a 6.4-inch waterdrop notch display with 2340×1080 pixels resolution and an in-display fingerprint sensor. What we didn’t know, until OnePlus’ CEO confirmed, was the absence of a headphone jack on the 6T. The OnePlus 6T comes with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage, although, a 512GB model may be available as well. The OnePlus 6T is expected to feature a 12MP+20MP dual camera setup like the OnePlus 6, but it could include a dual aperture sensor. The device will pack the Android 9 Pie OS, a 3700mAh battery, capable of wireless charging and fast charging. As for the price, the base variant is set to cost Rs. 36,999 in India, although, there’s still a confirmation pending on that front.
Nokia 9 PureView
Nokia has been somewhat confusing fans with the Nokia 9 Pureview‘s launch period. Earlier it was thought the brand would release this flagship device sometime in 2019. A recent teasing of the smartphone from Nokia which says “Coming soon” might suggest it could be fast-tracked for a 2018 release. But the Nokia 9 Pureview does pack in some surprises.
The PureView name is more inclined with camera offerings on the smartphone. Surprising or not, the Nokia 9 Pureview will feature five cameras at the back alone, with each lens speculated to carry a different feature. For instance, one could be a wide angle lens, the other a telephoto, another a zoom and so on. However, the primary lens is speculated to be around 50MP, which means optical zoom and megapixel count could reach unprecedented levels on a smartphone. The smartphone packs with a Snapdragon 845 SoC with 8GB RAM, which could be disappointing for many. As per earlier news, a 2019 release expected earlier and with that the Snapdragon 855 SoC.
Other than that, the Nokia 9 Pureview will boast a 5.7-inch Qual HD+Optic OLED display among other yet to be confirmed features. Apart from the info above, there’s no more on this smartphone. However, in the coming days expect some more new info such as price and confirmed specifications. Curiously there could be more on the entire camera set-up to follow as we come close to the actual launch date, which is still unknown.
Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
There are plenty of rumours surrounding the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The smartphones are expected to launch on October 9, but there have been plenty of leaks showcasing a few things about the phone, which was expected. The big difference between both the flagship models boils down to the size, as the Pixel 3 XL will boast a larger display and subsequently a bigger battery.
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will feature the Snapdragon 845 SoC along with RAM options starting from 4GB. The Pixel series is necessarily a superior camera smartphone, yet Google has flaunted the Pixel 3 with a single camera set up at the back. But there are rumours that this camera might have multiple features that one may not find in an everyday flagship these days. Tons of other features could be expected on the Pixel 3 and Pixel XL, but for now, we need to wait on the official release of the smartphones. Overall, Google is expected to bring a great smartphone in the Pixel 3 and Pixel XL, as they did with the Pixel 2.
Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro
Huawei has set October 6 as the date for the lunch of two of the most anticipated smartphones of this year. The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are the new high-end smartphones with top-of-the-line specifications and the ability to take on some of the essential flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy 9 and LG V40 ThinQ.
The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 pro will notably feature the 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset and a triple camera setup much similar to the LG V40 ThinQ. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will both have a 40MP primary lens as part of their triple camera set up at the back. The majority of the specifications in both smartphones are similar devices; however, the Mate 20 Pro considered as an upgrade in many areas. As for one, the Mate 20 Pro will boast a larger 6.9-inch, OLED display with 1440×3120 pixels resolution compared to the 6.4-inch, AMOLED display with 1080×2220 pixels on the Mate 20. Other than that, the Mate 20 Pro will have more RAM on its base device with 8GB compared to 6GB on the Mate 20. The Mate 20 is priced in India starting from Rs 59,990 compared to the Mate 20 Pro which will be available from Rs. 73,990
Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Pro
Among the devices on this list, there is one smartphone that may not be a flagship but packs up some impressive specifications and features. The Samsung A9 Star Pro will be expected to fetch more than Rs.35,990 for its base model and comes with some rather good specifications and features. Starting with the presence of a Snapdragon 660 Processor, the Samsung A9 Star Pro has a somewhat inferior chipset for the price range it is available. The Samsung A9 Star Pro comes with a seemingly big 6.28-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2220 pixels resolution, and the base model boasts 6GB of RAM. The camera on the A9 Star Pro has a 25+5MP dual camera set up at the back with an 8MP Selfie shooter on the front.
Compared to the price and specifications on offer, a OnePlus 6T seems more affordable and a better choice than the Samsung A9 Star Pro.