“From the OPPO Find X to Blackberry KEY2, the month of July was pretty eventful for the Indian smartphone market in terms of launches”
In an ultra-competitive market like India, we see a ton of phones getting launched every month. However, the month of July was particularly eventful for the subcontinent as some of the most anticipated smartphones including the futuristic OPPO’s Find X and Vivo NEX found their way to our shores. We also witnessed the launch of the BlackBerry KEY2, which seems like a throwback to yesteryear’s smartphones with physical keys. If you are wondering which other smartphones caught our attention, then read on.
The Find X offered an ingenious solution to get rid of the ‘infamous’ display notch by cramming all three cameras and the face unlock module in a single sliding mechanism up top. As a result, the smartphone is able to flaunt a full-screen display and a glass slab-like design. You get a 6.42-inch 19.5:9 OLED full HD+ display up front, which results in an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 percent. Under the hood, the phone runs a 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, which is mated with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB storage. Other features include 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel shooters at back, 25MP selfie camera, 3D Face Recognition, Android Oreo and a 3,730mAh battery. The smartphone has been priced at Rs 59,990 and can be picked from Flipkart and offline stores across India.
Related read: OPPO Find X first impressions
Before the Find X, it was the Vivo NEX that showed everyone that display notches can be eliminated by hiding the selfie camera in a motorised section and using the under-the-display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone comes with a 6.59-inch Ultra FullView FHD+ display and is powered by Snapdragon 845 processor. The chipset is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is expandable further by using a microSD card. The rear panel houses a 12MP + 5MP camera setup and there’s an 8MP pop-up camera on the front. The handset boots Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and is powered by a 4,000mAh battery. The flagship has been priced at Rs 44,990 and can be picked from Amazon.in as well as Vivo’s e-store.
Related read: Vivo NEX review
The ASUS ZenFone 5Z offers an identical spec sheet as the OnePlus 6, yet is priced more affordably. The flagship comes with a 6.2-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The handset comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. For imaging, the phone features a 12MP + 8MP setup on the back and an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front. Out of the box, the smartphone boots Android 8.1 Oreo and is powered by a 3,300mAh cell. Similar to the OP6, ASUS is offering the ZenFone 5Z in three RAM and storage configurations — 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB, with prices starting from Rs 29,999.
Related read: ASUS ZenFone 5Z review
The KEY2 was launched in India by Optiemus Infracom, the licensing partner of BlackBerry. The handset comes with a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display bearing an aspect ratio of 3:2 and a resolution of 1,620 x 1,080 pixels. The performance department is handled by an octa-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. The chipset is aided by 6GB RAM and 64GB native storage, which can be further expanded by making use of a microSD card. The phone flaunts a pair of 12-megapixel shooters at the back and an 8MP selfie camera. The phone comes preloaded with Android 8.1 Oreo with BlackBerry suite of apps such as Hub, DTEK, and more. For power requirements, there is a 3,500mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging tech. The handset is available exclusively on Amazon and set you back by Rs 42,990.
Related read: BlackBerry KEY2 review
Huawei debuted its Nova series of smartphones in India with the launch of the Nova 3 and Nova 3i, both of which bring quad-camera setups and notch displays. The Nova 3 comes with a 6.3-inch full HD+ display and is powered by an octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC. The processor is further backed by 6GB of RAM and Mali-G72 GPU. The phone flaunts 16MP + 24MP snappers at the rear and a pair of 24MP + 2MP selfie shooters. The handset runs Android Oreo out of the box and features a 3,750mAh cell.
The Huawei Nova 3i on the other hand, is a toned-down variant and comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display, Kirin 710 SoC, 4GB RAM, a 3,340mAh battery and 16MP + 2MP rear camera module. The Nova 3 has been priced at Rs 34,999, whereas the Nova 3i will set you back by Rs 20,990.
Related read: Huawei Nova 3 review
Honor also launched the much-anticipated new Honor 9i with the moniker of Honor 9N in India last month. The phone has been equipped with a 5.84-inch display with full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. Ticking at its core is HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor, which comes with the brand’s proprietary GPU Turbo technology. The brand is offering the handset in three options — 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB RAM + 128GB storage. For imaging, the smartphone is equipped with a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual-camera array on back and 16MP shooter on the fascia. The handset boots EMUI 8.0 interface based on Android 8.0 Oreo and is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery. The Honor 9N starts at Rs 11,999 and can be picked from Flipkart and Honor’s online store.
Related read: Honor 9N first impressions
While these are the top smartphones that were launched last month, there were some worthy launches as well. Amidst them is the Nokia 3.1, the Android One-powered smartphone sports a 5.2-inch HD+ display and an octa-core MediaTek 6750 chipset. The processor is mated to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. There’s a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP selfie snapper. It ships with a 2,990mAh battery.
The Moto E5 and E5 Plus (first impressions) also deserve a mention here. The E5 Plus comes with a 6-inch 18:9 Max Vision display with a screen resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels. Other features include the Snapdragon 430 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 12MP rear camera, 5MP selfie shooter, Android Oreo and a beefy 5,000mAh battery. In contrast, the Moto E5 offers a smaller 5.7-inch display, the Snapdragon 425 SoC, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP rear snapper, and a 4,000mAh battery.
These are the top smartphones that were launched in India last month and have already gone up for sale. Did you pick any one of these or are you planning to? Let us know in the comments below.