Alongside the 20+ smartphones that launched in India, March 2021 was also host to several other launches worldwide. Realme launched its first Snapdragon 888-powered Realme GT. POCO debuted the world’s first-ever Snapdragon 860-powered smartphone. OPPO unleashed its Find X3 flagship lineup for 2020. Even Motorola joined the fray with the Moto G100. There was a slew of mid-range smartphones launched too, such as the Mi 10S 5G, iQOO Neo 5 5G, and Moto G50. Realme’s budget Realme C21 was launched, too. Let’s take a look at the mobile phones launched globally in March 2021.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a high-end Motorola smartphone. The Moto G100 checks all the boxes with its 6.7-inch FHD+ IPS LCD panel clocked at 90Hz. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, up to 12GB RAM, and 256GB internal storage. At the back, we get four camera sensors: a 64MP lens, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth lens, and a TOF sensor. Moto G100 is one of the few smartphones to feature dual 16MP and 8MP selfie cameras. Lastly, its 5,000mAh battery supports fast charging at 20W. Motorola has thrown in a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a dedicated Google Assitant button, too.
The Moto G50 is a new 5G-ready, low-cost Motorola offering that comes with some interesting hardware. It has a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD panel clocked at 90Hz. 5G connectivity is enabled via a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G SoC. It can be coupled with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Its triple-camera array consists of a 48MP main sensor, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. A 13MP camera takes care of selfies. It has the same battery specs and features as the Moto G100.
POCO X3 Pro
The ‘true’ POCO F1 successor may never be here, but we have the next best thing. The POCO X3 Pro ships with a 6.7-inch FHD+ LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch response, 450nits brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass layer. It is the world’s first smartphone to run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Its 5,160mAh supports 33W fast-charging. Its quad-camera array consists of a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP secondary lens, and a couple of 2MP sensors. A 20MP sensor rounds things off. There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, too.
The POCO F3 has a slightly smaller 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch response. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage powers it. It cuts down the number of camera modules to three, which includes a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 5MP macro lens. The same 20MP selfie camera persists across both devices. Lastly, it is powered by a 4,520mAh battery with 33W fast-charging.
iQOO Neo 5 5G
iQOO had been largely silent since it launched the iQOO 7 series a few weeks ago. It has now launched the iQOO Neo 5, which features a 6.62-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+, and 1,300 nits peak brightness. Under the hood, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 256GB. Its 4,400mAh battery supports 66W fast-charging. At the back, you get a 48MP Sony IMX598 sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP mono sensor. There is a 16MP camera on the front for selfies and video chats.
OPPO Find X3 Pro
OPPO always pushed the envelope with its OPPO Find X3 series, and the newest iterations of the phones continue that legacy. The top-of-the-line OPPO Find X3 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 888 SoC coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Its 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED screen has a refresh rate of 120Hz. The phone comes with a 10-bit Full-path Colour Management System, HDR10+ certification, and a MEMC chip. At the back, we get two 50MP Sony IMX766 sensors (a primary sensor and an ultra-wide-angle lens), a 13MP telephoto camera, and a 3MP macro lens. A 32MP selfie camera handles selfies and video calls. Lastly, it is powered by a 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W flash charging.
OPPO Find X3 Neo
The vanilla OPPO Find X3 was restricted to China. Instead, we get the OPPO Find X3 Neo, which sports a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen clocked at 90Hz. It can be paired with up to 256GB of internal storage and 12GB of RAM. At the back, we get a 50MP primary camera, a 16MP wide-angle lens, a 13MP telephoto lens, and a 2MP macro lens. For selfies, a 32MP sensor is available inside the hole-punch cutout. The phone gets a 4,500mAh battery that also comes with support for 65W fast charging.
OPPO Find X3 Lite
The OPPO Find X3 Lite is essentially an OPPO Reno5 with a fresh coat of paint. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G chipset, 8GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Its 6.4-inch FHD+ panel has a refresh rate of 90Hz. At the back, we get a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a couple of 2MP cameras for macro and mono photos. The 32MP selfie camera is the same across all phones Lastly, its 4,300mAh battery can be charged at 65W.
Mi 10S 5G
The MI 10S 5G adds to the never-ending line of the Xiaomi Mi 10 series of smartphones. It has a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel clocked at 90Hz and a touch sampling rate of 180Hz. It is also HDR10+ certified, can hit 1,120 peak brightness, and 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC paired with Adreno 650 GPU, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 256GB expandable UFS 3.0 storage. The Mi 10S has a 4,780mAh battery that supports 33W wired charging, 30W wireless charging, and 10W reverse charging support. At the back, you get the now-overused 108MP primary sensor, 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor, and a 2MP (f/2.4) macro lens. A 20MP sensor takes care of selfies and video chats. There’s an in-display fingerprint sensor and an IR Blaster, too.
Realme’s newest low-cost offering comes in the form of the Realme C21. It sports a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD panel. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. At the back, we get a 13MP primary sensor, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP B&W lens. Its 5MP sensor takes care of selfies and video chats. Its 5,000mAh battery does not support fast charging of any kind. There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, too.
Realme GT 5G
The Realme GT 5G is arguably one of the more controversial launches of this month, with it being banned off AnTuTu for cheating on benchmarks. It features a 6.43-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED clocked at 120Hz and 1,000 nits peak brightness. Under the hood, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G SoC paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. It still sticks to the tried and tested 64MP rear camera module that is accompanied by an 8MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP macro lens. There is a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats. Its 4,500mAh battery supports 65W fast charging.