October 2023 has witnessed several smartphone releases both globally and in India. The list includes flagships like the Google Pixel 8 and Xiaomi 14 series as well as foldable smartphones like the OnePlus Open and Oppo Find N3 Flip. As the festive season hit India, many smartphone makers seized the opportunity to introduce their devices to the market. We look at their price and availability in India as well as their standout features.
Top Smartphones Launched In October 2023 in India
Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro
The standout feature of the Google Pixel 8 series is arguably the camera. The cameras on Google Pixel 8 Pro scored 153 in the camera leaderboards of DxOMark, which is the highest among Android smartphones that are globally available. Google has added a couple of AI features to the Pixel 8 series to enhance the photography experience. Some of these are Magic Editor, Best Take, Audio Magic Eraser, and Zoom Enhance.
The Pixel 8 Pro comes with a triple rear camera setup with a 50MP primary wide-angle lens, a 48MP ultra-wide lens with upgraded autofocus, and a 48MP telephoto lens with up to 5x optical zoom. Meanwhile, Pixel 8 sports dual rear cameras – 50MP primary + 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens.
Both smartphones are powered by Google’s new Tensor G3 chipset and run Android 14. In addition, Google has promised seven years of full software support for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. Check out the full specifications of Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro here.
Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro Price In India
Google Pixel 8 is priced starting at Rs 75,999 for the base model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant can be bought at Rs 82,999 in India.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 8 Pro will be available in only one storage configuration with 12GB RAM and 128GB storage. It is priced at Rs 1,06,999.
Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro Availability
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro can be bought exclusively via e-commerce platform Flipkart. The smartphones first went on sale in India on October 12.
OnePlus Open is the company’s first foldable smartphone and it features a book-style form factor. The OnePlus Open takes advantage of a single-spine Flexion hinge, which makes the device slightly lightweight compared to many rivals. It has a gapless screen with the crease barely visible, which enhances the overall viewing experience.
The large circular rear camera module stands out on the OnePlus Open. In our review, we noted that it protrudes a lot, which makes the phone wobble massively on a table. We liked the faux leather finish on the Voyager Black variant of the OnePlus Open as it gives the smartphone a premium look.
OnePlus Open sports a 6.31-inch display in addition to a folding screen, which measures 7.82 inches. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and is backed by a 4805mAh battery. It runs OxygenOS 13.2, based on Android 13. Read more about OnePlus Open’s full specifications and features here.
OnePlus Open Price In India
OnePlus Open can be bought for Rs 1,39,999 in India. It comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage.
As part of the launch offers, those who pay using ICICI Bank Credit Card (EMI and non-EMI) and Debit Card (EMI only) will be eligible for a flat Rs 5000 instant discount. An instant discount of Rs 5,000 is being offered by the company for the OnePlus Open buyers, who make OneCard transactions.
OnePlus Open Availability
The first sale for the OnePlus Open was held on October 27 on the e-commerce platform Amazon. The smartphone can also be bought via OnePlus Stores across the country.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is an affordable variant of the company’s Galaxy S23 flagship. The Fan Edition smartphone is powered by Samsung’s in-house Exynos 2200 processor in the Indian market, though it packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in some other markets globally.
Some of the key features of the smartphone are a Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a triple rear camera setup with a 50MP primary sensor, an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and more. Full specifications and features of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE can be read here.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Price In India
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE comes in two storage configurations. The variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 59,999. The 8GB + 256GB configuration option can be bought at Rs 64,999.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Availability
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE can be bought exclusively via Amazon and Samsung Store online. The first sale was held on October 5.
Tecno Phantom V Flip
Tecno Phantom V Flip is a flip-style smartphone that sports a flexible AMOLED display. It is also the first clamshell smartphone globally by the Transsion Holdings-owned company Tecno.
In India, Tecno Phantom V Flip goes up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, OPPO Find N2 Flip, and Moto Razr 40 smartphones. The features that stand out on the Tecno V Flip are a flexible 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution, MediaTek Dimensity 8050 SoC, a premium leather back panel design, and ultra-thin VC liquid cooling. Check out the full specifications of the Tecno Phantom V Flip here.
Tecno Phantom V Flip Price In India
Tecno Phantom V Flip is available for Rs 54,999 in India. It offers 16GB RAM and 256GB storage.
Tecno Phantom V Flip Availability
Tecno Phantom V Flip is exclusively available on Amazon India online. The smartphone first went on sale in India on October 10.
Vivo V29, V29 Pro
Vivo V29 and V29 Pro smartphones are the latest in the company’s flagship V-series. Both smartphones come with similar specifications except for changes in the camera department and processor.
Vivo V29 and V29 Pro feature a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 50MP front camera, a 4,600mAh battery with 80W fast charging support, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Vivo V29 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 778G SoC, while the Pro variant packs the Dimensity 8200 chipset respectively. The smartphones are available in 8GB+128GB and 12GB+256GB storage configurations. The devices run Android 13 with the company’s FuntouchOS version 13.
In terms of the rear camera, the Vivo V29 comes with a 50MP primary sensor with OIS, coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. The triple rear camera setup on the Pro model includes a 50MP primary sensor, a 12MP portrait camera, and an 8MP wide-angle camera.
Vivo V29, V29 Pro Price In India
The Vivo V29 base model with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage costs Rs 32,999 in India. The higher-end 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs 36,999.
The base model of Vivo V29 Pro with 8GB RAM is available for a price of Rs 39,999 in India, while the 12GB RAM model costs Rs 42,999 respectively.
Vivo V29, V29 Pro Availability
Vivo V29 and V29 pro smartphones can be bought via the Vivo India website, Flipkart, and retail outlets. Vivo V29 sale in India started on October 17, whereas the V29 Pro was made available slightly earlier, from October 10 respectively.
Oppo Find N3 Flip
Oppo Find N3 Flip is a flip-style smartphone and the successor to the N2 Flip, which was announced last year. The clamshell smartphone offers a triple rear camera setup, which is a first on any flip smartphone in the market. The cameras are Hasselblad-tuned, where the primary sensor is a 50MP one with PDAF, OIS, and a f/1.8 aperture.
Oppo Find N3 Flip competes with the likes of Motorola Razr 40 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, which are also clamshell smartphones that offer similar specifications. In our review of Oppo Find N3 Flip, we liked the build and the design of the smartphone in addition to its camera quality and battery life. Read more about the Oppo Find N3 Flip specifications and features here.
Oppo Find N3 Flip Price in India
Oppo Find N3 Flip is available in one storage configuration with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It is priced at Rs 94,999 in India.
As part of launch offers, those who purchase the smartphone on or before October 29 will also be eligible for a one-time screen replacement available for up to 6 months.
Oppo Find N3 Flip Availability
Top Smartphones Launched Globally in October 2023
Xiaomi 14, 14 Pro
Xiaomi 14 series with Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro was launched in China on October 26. The smartphones are the very first to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which made its debut earlier this week. Both smartphones also run the company’s new operating software – HyperOS.
HyperOS replaces the 13-year-old MIUI and has made its debut on Xiaomi 14 smartphones. The company plans to integrate the OS into its ecosystem of devices gradually. Both Xiaomi 14 smartphones offer similar specifications, except for some upgrades on the Pro variant. Read all the details here.
Xiaomi 14, 14 Pro Price And Availability
Xiaomi 14, 14 Pro will only be available in China as of now, where the devices can be purchased starting October 31.
Xiaomi 14 has been launched in three storage configurations. The price for the base model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is available at CNY 3999 in China, which is around Rs 45,500 on conversion. The 12GB+256GB storage model will sell at CNY 4299 or approximately Rs 49,000.
Then there are the 16GB+512GB and 16GB+1TB storage variants, which are available at CNY 4599 (approximately Rs 52,500) and CNY 4999 (approximately Rs 57,000) respectively in China.
Xiaomi 14 Pro is also available in four storage variants. The one with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage will cost CNY 4999 or approximately Rs 57,000. Then there’s the 16GB+512GB storage model at CNY 5499, which translates to around Rs 62,750. The 16GB RAM and +1TB storage model will cost CNY 5999 (approximately Rs 68,500), while the 16GB+1TB Titanium Edition is priced at CNY 6499 (approximately Rs 74,000) respectively.
Oppo Find N3
It is worth noting that Oppo Find N3 is the same device as the OnePlus Open, except the former has been launched for the Chinese market. The smartphone is also available in Singapore. Just like the OnePlus Open, the Oppo Find N3 is a foldable smartphone and it features a 7.82-inch primary AMOLED display with 2K resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The outer display is a 6.31-inch one with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Some of the key features of Oppo Find N3 include a triple rear camera setup, a 32MP front camera, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, and a 4,805mAh battery with support for 67W fast charging. Full specifications of Oppo Find N3 can be found here.
Oppo Find N3 Price And Availability
Oppo Find N3 in Green and Gold colour options with 12GB RAM and 512GB internal storage is priced at CNY 9999 (approximately Rs 1,13,800). The
The Black and Red colour options are available in 16GB+1TB storage configuration, priced at CNY 12999 (approximately Rs 1,48,960) in China. The device is already available for sale in the country.
In Singapore, the Oppo Find N3 can be bought in Classic Black and Champagne Gold colour options for 2399 SGD (approximately Rs 1,45,395).
Honor Magic Vs2
Honor Magic Vs2 is the company’s latest foldable smartphone and the successor to the Magic Vs that was announced last year. Honor Vs2 is a flagship device that comes with premium specifications like a high screen refresh rate on both screens on the outside and inside, a triple rear camera setup, a 5,000mAh battery, and more.
Honor Magic Vs2 is only available in China as of now. The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and has a 7.92-inch Full HD+ OLED primary display with 120Hz refresh rate. The outside display measures 6.43 inches. The triple rear camera setup consists of a 50MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 20MP telephoto sensor. Know more about Honor Magic Vs2 here.
Honor Magic Vs 2 Price And Availability
Honor Magic Vs2 is available in China in two storage configurations, one with 12GB RAM with 256GB storage, and another with 16GB RAM with 512GB storage. These are priced at CNY 6,999 (approximately Rs 79,726) and CNY 7,699 (approximately Rs 87,700) respectively. The sale for Honor Magic Vs 2 started on October 17 in China.