2019 has been an exciting year for smartphones where every phone maker has been trying its best to stand out from the crowd with new and innovative features. With everything from unique pop-up selfie camera designs to liquid-cooled CPUs, here are the five most unique smartphones that are about to make their way to the Indian market.
The OPPO Reno lineup made headlines with its unique Shark-Fin design pop-up camera. the standard OPPO Reno and OPPO Reno 10X Zoom debuted in China last month and are slated to arrive in India by 28 May. As its name suggests, the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom offers a combination of 5x optical and 5x digital zoom capabilities with its 13MP periscope telephoto rear camera. This is a flagship smartphone that comes with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Meanwhile, the standard Reno gets a dual rear camera and a Snapdragon 710 chipset. Both phones offer in-screen fingerprint scanners for biometric security.
Nokia 9 PureView
The Nokia 9 PureView is a smartphone that took way to long to make its way to market, especially because the phone runs on the previous gen Snapdragon 845 chipset. Regardless, it is the first phone to offer a penta-camera setup at the back. All five cameras come with 12MP resolutions, with two of them used for collecting RGB data while the other three collects monochrome data. There is a sixth sensor here as well, which is a 3D ToF camera. The rest of the phone’s specs are also impressive including its notch-less OLED screen with an embedded fingerprint scanner.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2
With RGB LED strips running down its sides, and a rear logo that lights up, Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 is inarguably the phone for mobile gamers. You get a notch-less AMOLED screen, front-firing stereo speakers, a liquid cooled Snapdragon 855, a 400mAh battery, and even attachable gamepads. Features such an in-screen fingerprint scanner, 27W Type-C charging, 48MP+12MP rear, and 20MP front cameras are just bonuses.
While Realme has only released entry and budget-grade phones thus far, an upper-midrange and flagship offering from the brand is about to make its debut. These phones will be called the Realme X and Realme X Pro, and are expected to feature pop-up selfie camera designs, AMOLED screens, and in-display fingerprint scanners. One of the devices is said to run on a Snapdragon 730, while the other might sport a Snapdragon 855.
Samsung Galaxy A80
The Galaxy A80 from Samsung is perhaps the most unique smartphone in today’s list as it offers the ability to use the same cameras for both rear photography and selfies. This is thanks to its pop-up swivel design that flips the camera around with a single tap. This imaging setup allows for a completely bezel-less experience on the Galaxy A80. You get an AMOLED screen with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, with a Snapdragon 730-G running under the hood. The actual camera setup is comprised of a 48MP primary camera accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 3D ToF camera. All this gets power from a 3700mAh battery that supports 25W USB Type-C charging. the phone is expected to debut in the country by the end of this month.