The year 2018 was fabulous for the smartphone industry. We saw brands innovating in a lot of different ways and most of them priced their devices extremely competitively. Consumers had a lot of choices and they were the ones who benefited the most in 2018. Phones like the OPPO Find X, Vivo NEX, and the Mi MIX 3 found innovative ways to ditch the screen notch, while phones like the iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro, and the OnePlus 6T took smartphone processing to newer speeds.
Now that we’ve entered into the year 2019, the future looks even better, with more smartphones gunning for features like better designs, larger screens with completely bezel-less design, faster processors, better software, quality cameras and longer lasting batteries. With this in mind, let us have a look at which smartphones you can expect to be launched in January 2019.
Honor View 20
The Honor View 20 was launched in China last month as the Honor V20, and the phone is now being teased by the company for a January 2019 launch in India. It’s an impressive high-end smartphone with an attractive glass-and-metal design and V-shaped light reflections on the rear. The Honor View 20 features a 6.4-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution and a punch hole towards the top-right corner for accommodating the 25MP selfie camera. There’s a 48MP camera at the rear and a TOF (Time of Flight) sensor for capturing depth information and objects in 3D space. The camera can also record 4K videos at 30fps.
The Honor View 20 runs Android 9 Pie based EMUI 9 software. It uses the HiSilicon Kirin 980 7nm processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot (up to 400GB). The phone has a rear-facing fingerprint reader, dual-SIM card slot, Bluetooth 5.0, IR port, NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB 3.1 Type-C port. The View 20 also comes packed with a 4000mAh battery and 22.5W fast charger in the box. The phone is available in three colors in China, but we don’t know for sure which of those colors will be made available in India. It might be priced somewhere in the INR 35,000 to INR 40,000 price range.
The Nokia 9 PureView was rumored for a long time now, and we were the first ones to bring you the video promotion of the smartphone, leaking almost all of its features. The most interesting feature of the phone is its penta-camera setup at the rear. We know that it can take much better images in low-light conditions and take images from all the camera sensors at once. The phone also features a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with HDR10 certification, Always-On Display mode, and in-screen fingerprint reader. The phone has a glass-and-metal design with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
The Nokia 9 will be launched with Android 9 Pie and Android One certification. The phone is expected to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB/512GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. All the latest connectivity features, including a dual-SIM dual-4G VoLTE compatible SIM card slot, will be available. The phone will reportedly come with a 4150mAh battery and Quick Charge 3.0 as well as Qi wireless charging support.
Not much is known about the Realme A1 right now, but we know that it will be cheapest Realme smartphone to date and that it could be launched in January 2019. Its price tag could be close to the INR 10,000 mark. Going by calculated assumptions, the phone could feature a 5.7-inch to 6-inch screen, an octa-core MediaTek processor, 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, dual-SIM card slot, a fingerprint reader, and a 3000mAh battery. We will update you with the latest information about the Realme A1 as soon as we come across it.
Samsung Galaxy M20
The Samsung Galaxy M20 (codenamed SM-M205F) could be a start to Samsung’s mid-range smartphone strategy reboot for the Indian market. Rumors are rife that the phone will come with a metal design, a large IPS LCD screen with a waterdrop notch, a fingerprint reader on the rear, and a massive 5000mAh battery. The phone could be launched with the Exynos 7885 processor and Android 8 Oreo-based UI. Its price could be somewhere around the INR 15,000 mark.
Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 could be the highest-end Redmi branded smartphone from the Chinese company. It could be launched in China sometime in January 2019. The phone could feature an OLED screen, a 48MP dual-camera setup on the rear, a punch-hole-style selfie camera on the front, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 or Snapdragon 675 processor, and a 4100mAh battery. It could be launched with Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 software.