“A look at the key smartphones that launched in March and a synopsis of their reviews”
Out of the frying pan into the fire. That’s probably an apt way to describe our situation as we got into the month of March, right after wrapping up our exhausting, yet satisfying and comprehensive coverage of MWC 2019. Not one to back away from a challenge, Team 91mobiles got straight into the action though, happily accepting one review device after another. Samsung kept us on our toes, as we eventually ended up reviewing not one or two, but four smartphones from the Chaebol’s stables, spanning different price points. Compelling contenders from Realme, Xiaomi and OPPO also got the review treatment in March. In case you missed the action, fret not, and read on for a quick summary.
New brand Realme set our expectations high with its first few smartphones, especially the Realme 1 and the Realme 2 Pro. The Realme 3 therefore, had big shoes to fill as it went into our review cycle early on in March. And while it did match a few of those expectations, minor niggles with screen and audio kept it from getting a big thumbs up from our reviewer Shekhar. Barring those minor issues, the phone definitely ticks most right boxes in terms of other aspects like performance and battery life. Its effective night mode for the camera got a special mention in the review, and got counted as one of the positives.More details in our Realme 3 review.
Samsung Galaxy A50, A30 and M30
The affordable Galaxy A50, with its three rear cameras (with one of them being an ultra-wide sensor), was the first among the lot from Samsung to go through the grind, and impressed Prateek with its photography prowess. There are some very compelling camera samples in there for your viewing pleasure (skip the ones with Prateek’s mug maybe), making a strong case for this phone. As he’s quick to point out, the A50 is well-equipped to fend off the competition coming in from China, though it does leave one wanting for more in the performance department. Shekhar posted the review for the Galaxy A50’s more affordable sibling, the Galaxy A30, soon thereafter, and he goes gaga over the phone’s Super AMOLED display and the One UI interface, though he’s not so happy about the performance. Moreover, he feels the Galaxy M30 might just be a better deal instead. Speaking of, the Galaxy M30 got the review treatment as well, and seemingly looks poised to shake up the sub-Rs 18k segment, being the most affordable smartphone in India with a triple camera setup. Nitansh, who reviewed this phone, isn’t too happy with the performance (looks like Samsung still has some work to do in this particular area), but the versatility of the cameras, which is increased significantly by the presence of the wide-angle shooter, and the AMOLED screen goodness offered at an affordable price point do make it worth a second look. Here are the links you need to get the complete lowdown:
Samsung Galaxy A30 review | Samsung Galaxy A50 review | Samsung Galaxy M30 review
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Xiaomi might be a fan favourite and the market leader in the country presently, but we feel it has been missing a little something lately. New launch Redmi Note 7 Pro seems to bring the mojo back and makes things exciting again for Mi fans, with its powerful 48MP snapper and loaded specs. Our detailed review mentions how this devices marks a turning point for the Redmi series, and barring a few software-related quirks, sets the bar high for rivals in the same league. And if you were to jump to the review (link below), you can feast your eyes on some amazing imagery we captured using the Redmi Note 7 Pro on a recent trip to the Golden city, Jaisalmer. Head to our Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review for the deets.
OPPO F11 Pro
While we do have tons of them spread throughout the review, pictures don’t really do justice to the OPPO F11 Pro. The phone looks yummy, and the shimmery Thunder black model which Prateek got to review is a sight to behold with its black and purple gradient finish. The headlining feature of course, has to be its pop-up selfie camera, which appealed to the narcissist in Prateek with its image quality too. In fact, the smartphone scores high in most areas, but falls short of a getting a wholehearted recommendation just because there are other, more compelling options in its price range. More details in our OPPO F11 Pro review.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung’s diminutive flagship in the latest S10 range, this phone simply rocked our boat. Powerful specs, capable shooters, and a general sense of all-round goodness, packed inside a compact, stylish body ideal for one-handed usage headline the Samsung Galaxy S10e. Both the S10 and the S10+ are quite loaded and powerful, but the S10e makes a strong case for itself by offering a no-compromise, flagship experience at a relatively more affordable price. Go for it, by all means, but not before reading our full review (link below). Click here for the full Samsung Galaxy S10e review.
April looks set to be even more exciting in terms of the review lineup, and you can look forward to a smorgasbord of authoritative verdicts on the latest smartphones. Apart from the above, the other noteworthy launches in the month of March include the budget Xiaomi Redmi Go (review coming soon), the Samsung Galaxy S10+ (reviewed earlier in February), and the Moto G7.
Spoiler alert: look out for our analysis on the packed-to-the-gills Huawei P30 Pro, and the phone that could be another game changer in the affordable segment, the Realme 3 Pro.