In August 2023, the smartphone market saw several notable launches, such as Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, Redmi 12 5G, Infinix GT 10 Pro, and more. This has set the stage for the upcoming festive season of October 2023, when the tech world is gearing up to launch an array of devices in India as well as on the global stage.
From Google’s Pixel 8 series to Vivo’s V29 lineup, Redmi Note 13 series, and more; the smartphones are expected to launch in October. In addition, OnePlus, Samsung, and Realme are also set to introduce new smartphones in the market this month. We take a look at what to expect in terms of smartphone launched in October 2023:
Smartphones launching in October 2023
|Device||Expected Price (Base Variant)||Expected Launch Date|
|Google Pixel 8 Series||Rs 58,100||October 04, 2023|
|Vivo V29 Series||Rs 39,999||October 04, 2023|
|Oppo Find N3 Flip||Rs 77,190||October, 2023|
|OnePlus Open||Rs 1,24,990||October 19, 2023|
|Samsung Galaxy S23 FE||Rs 54,999||October 04, 2023|
|Tecno Phantom V Flip||Rs 49,999||October 01, 2023|
|Realme GT 5 Pro||Rs 59,990||October 25, 2023|
|Redmi Note 13 Series||Rs 13,690||October, 2023|
Google Pixel 8 Series
Google’s flagship Pixel 8 series with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will launch worldwide on October 4 at the company’s Made by Google event this week. Smartphone photography will remain a major focus with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro as both devices are said to feature a 50MP primary camera sensor on the back.
Full specifications, features, and pricing of the Pixel 8 series were recently revealed in a series of leaks. In addition, Google accidentally listed the Pixel 8 Pro on the Google Store website, which confirmed its design and colour options. More details on the specifications and features of the Pixel 8 series can be read here.
Google Pixel 8 Series Expected Price in India
In terms of pricing (courtesy Kamila Wojciechowska), the base variant of Pixel 8 with 8GB RAM will sell in the US at $699 (Rs 58,100 approx). The Pixel 8 Pro will be priced starting at $899 (Rs 74,700 approx).
Google Pixel 8 Series Launch Date
Google Pixel 8 series will be made official at the company’s Made by Google event on October 4 in New York. The event will also be streamed live.
Vivo V29 Series
Vivo V29 series with the Vivo V29 5G and Vivo V29 Pro 5G, will launch in India on October 4. This was officially confirmed by the company in a post on X. Vivo V29 series will be up for grabs online via Flipkart. It is also expected to be available through offline retail stores across the country.
The company has also shared teasers, indicating that smartphone design and portrait photography will take centre stage. The devices are confirmed to sport an ultra-slim 3D curved display and the back panel will feature what the company is calling, “India’s first 3D Particle technology”.
Other highlight features of the Vivo V29 series are Night Portrait with Smart Aura Light with the ability to adjust the light’s intensity or turn it off completely. A Sony IMX663 telephoto portrait sensor with 2x zoom is also expected on phones, coupled with Smart Colour Temperature Adjustment and India-exclusive wedding-style portrait features. Read more about the expected features and specifications of the Vivo V29 series here.
Vivo V29 Series Expected Price in India
Although there’s very little known about the Vivo V29 series in terms of price, both smartphones are expected to launch for under Rs 40,000 in India.
Vivo V29 Series Launch Date
Vivo has officially confirmed that it will unveil its V29 smartphone series in India on October 4.
Oppo Find N3 Flip
Oppo Find N3 Flip is expected to make its way into the Indian market soon, after launching in China in August 2023. The second-generation clamshell smartphone from Oppo is speculated to be announced in India and the rest of the world in October.
Oppo Find N3 Flip is the successor to the Find N2 Flip and will take on the likes of Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, Moto Razr 40, and Tecno Phantom V Flip, which is also expected to make its debut this month.
Ahead of the official launch, live images of the Oppo Find N3 Flip India unit in silver colour option were shared by 91Mobiles. The images reveal that some apps customised for the global market, like Uber, X (formerly Twitter, and more) will work with the cover screen of the phone, therefore increasing its productivity.
Some of the popular apps that will be compatible with the cover screen of Oppo Find N3 Flip India variant include Swiggy, Wink Music, Zomato, BookMyShow, and more. Read more about the specifications and features of the Oppo Find N3 Flip here.
Oppo Find N3 Flip Expected Price in India
Details on the price of the Oppo Find N3 Flip are yet to surface. However, it is expected that the phone will sport a premium price tag, probably upwards of Rs 70,000 for the base model in India.
Oppo Find N3 Flip Expected Launch Date
Oppo Find N3 Flip is expected to launch in India in October 2023. Of course, an official confirmation is awaited.
OnePlus is set to enter the world of foldable smartphones with the OnePlus Open, which is expected to finally launch globally on October 19 (via tipster Max Jambor). OnePlus Open, which will be the company’s first foldable smartphone is said to be a rebranded version of Oppo Find N3 Flip, which has already been announced in China.
Do note that the OnePlus Open was rumoured to make its debut sooner in August, but the launch was delayed. While OnePlus has not made the launch date official, it did share a teaser image of the smartphone, indicating an imminent debut.
For those waiting eagerly for the OnePlus Open, do keep in mind that the smartphone will rival the likes of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Oppo N3 Flip in terms of features as well as pricing. OnePlus Open will sport a 7.8-inch foldable screen with a 2K resolution, paired with a secondary 6.3-inch screen on the outside. The smartphone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. Read more here.
OnePlus Open Expected Price in India
OnePlus Open will likely be positioned in the extra-premium category with the pricing around Rs 1,24,990.
OnePlus Open Expected Launch Date
OnePlus Open is expected to finally launch in October 2023 globally, with India announcement to follow soon after.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE (Fan Edition) is anticipated to launch in the first week of October. Samsung has already put out a teaser for the smartphone, though it does not reveal much except the device will come with three rear camera sensors, stacked vertically. The same teaser has also been shared by Amazon India. Alongside the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, the company is also expected to launch its Galaxy Tab S9 FE and Galaxy Buds FE.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is said to launch in six colour options – Graphite, Mint, Purple, White, Indigo and Tangerine. Among the highlight features of the Galaxy S23 FE will be its triple-camera setup with a 50MP primary lens with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS support, a 12MP ultra-wide lens and an 8MP telephoto camera. Read more on the specifications and features of the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE here.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Expected Price in India
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is speculated to be priced at around Rs 55,000. Of course, we will need to wait for an official launch to know more.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Expected Launch Date
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is expected to launch globally, including the Indian market on October 4.
Tecno Phantom V Flip
Tecno launched its clamshell smartphone, the Phantom V Flip in India a couple of weeks back. Now, the Phantom V Flip is available as part of an early bird sale on Amazon India from October 1.
Tecno Phantom V Flip is the most affordable in the clamshell smartphone category. The main 6.9-inch display is an LTPO AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. There’s also a circular 1.32-inch AMOLED cover display. The smartphone features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
It is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 8050 processor with Mali G77 GPU. The smartphone is backed by a 4000mAh battery with support for 45W fast charging. In terms of camera, it packs a 64MP rear camera and a 32MP selfie camera. Read more details here.
Tecno Phantom V Flip Price in India
Tecno Phantom V Flip is priced at Rs 49,999 in two colour variants – Mystic Dawn and Iconic Black.
Tecno Phantom V Flip Sale Date
Tecno Phantom V Flip was made available on sale via Amazon India on October 1.
Realme GT 5 Pro
Realme GT 5 Pro could be announced soon and this was hinted by the company in post shared from its official global account on X. The teaser post read, “The light will shine on realme, just wait.” Meanwhile, the teaser image reveals a triple rear camera setup and the text ‘Not Only Max Can Zoom’, indicates a periscope lens for the smartphone.
Realme GT 5 Pro is tipped to sport a curved OLED panel with a 2K resolution. The triple rear camera setup will include a primary Sony IMX 9xx series sensor, a 64MP OV64B periscope sensor with 3X optical zoom and a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens. Further, a 5400mAh battery with 100W wired fast charging support and 50W wireless charging tech is also expected for Realme GT 5 Pro.
More features expected are IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, a metal frame design, and more. Read more details here.
Realme GT 5 Pro Expected Price in India
Realme GT 5 Pro could be launched at a price of Rs 59,990 in India.
Realme GT 5 Pro Expected Launch Date
Realme GT 5 Pro is expected to launch in October 2022, though an official date is still awaited.
Redmi Note 13 Series
Redmi Note 13 series is expected to be announced in October globally, following its official launch in China last month. The series has three phones including the Redmi Note 13 5G, Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G, and the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G cleared India’s BIS certification recently, which hints at a launch in the market soon. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G was spotted on the certification site IMDA in Singapore, pointing to debut in global markets soon.
The specifications and features of the smartphones are known since the devices have already been launched in the company’s home market, China. Read more here. To give an overview, all three smartphones feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a 16MP front-facing camera. The devices run Android 13 out of the box with MIUI 14 skin on top.
Redmi Note 13 Series Expected Price in India
The India pricing of the Redmi Note 13 series is expected to be similar to that in China. In China, the Redmi Note 13 5G is priced starting at CNY 1,099 (Rs 12,700 approx), while the Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G sells at CNY 1,399 (Rs 16,000 approx) for the base storage model, respectively. The most expensive Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G base model is available at CNY 1,899 (Rs 21,700 approx) in China.
Redmi Note 13 Series Expected Launch Date
Redmi Note 13 series is anticipated to launch globally in October, following its launch in China the month before.