“The month of October has been packed with smartphone launches including the much-awaited Apple iPhone XR and OnePlus 6T”
October has been a pretty busy month when it comes to smartphone launches, so much so that it was being dubbed as Tectober by the tech fraternity. Right from the beginning of the month to the end, we saw the likes of Nokia, OnePlus, Honor and more releasing their smartphones. So if you missed out on these launches, then fret not, we’ve curated the top launches in the month of October at one place.
The ZenFone Max M1 comes equipped with a 5.5-inch HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. The device comes equipped with a 13MP rear shooter and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Another highlight of the handset is its beefy 4,000mAh battery.
The Zenfone Lite M1 is similar to the Max M1 in most of the aspects. However, the affordable sibling comes equipped with a 2GB RAM and 5MP snapper at the front.
The Honor 8X boasts a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. Under the hood lies the 12nm HiSilicon Kirin 710 coupled with either 4GB or 6GB RAM. On the imaging front, the 8X offers a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 20-megapixel and 2-megapixel depth sensor, while the front camera is a 16-megapixel unit. The device comes equipped with a 3,750mAh battery as opposed to the 3,340mAh cell inside its predecessor, the Honor 7X (review).
Related read: Honor 8X unboxing and first impressions
The Lenovo K9 marks a comeback for the Chinese giant after about an year. The sub-Rs 10k smartphone features a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 display. Powering the device is an octa-core MediaTek MT6762 paired with 3GB of RAM. The device is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery that supports fast charging. In the camera department, the K9 offers dual cameras at the rear as well as front. Both the setups come with a combo of a 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras.
Related read: Lenovo K9 review
Panasonic recently updated its Eluga lineup. The new Euga X1 Pro is the most powerful smartphone by the brand yet, and features a notched 6.18-inch FHD+ display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset. Storage option on the device includes a choice between 64GB and 128GB, which can be expanded further with the use of a microSD card slot. For imagery, the Eluga X1 Pro sports dual rear cameras at the back, comprising 16MP and 5MP sensors. Selfies are taken care of by a 16-megapixel shooter. The Panasonic handset also gets support for wireless charging and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.
Apple finally unveiled the “affordable” iPhone. The all-new iPhone XR comes powered by the latest A12 Bionic chip and features a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina bezel-less display that offers a resolution of 828 x 1×792 pixels. As far as cameras are are concerned, the XR offers a single 12-megapixel unit on the rear and a 7-megapixel front-facing selfie shooter. Interestingly, even with a single rear camera, the device is able to offer the portrait mode. The smartphone is being offered in Black, White, Coral, Blue, Yellow and Red colours.
Related read: Apple iPhone XR review
Infinix’s Hot S3X offers a 6.2-inch display set at an HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz and paired with Adreno 505 GPU. The chip is mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
In the imaging department, the Hot S3X comes baked with a pair of cameras consisting of 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors while the front-facing camera is a 16-megapixel unit. Fueling the device is a beefy 4,000mAh battery.
Related read: Infinix Hot S3X unboxing and first impressions
HMD — the home of Nokia phones — continues to play the nostalgia card. The Nokia 8110 4G is a throwback to the banana phone that comes with 4G support. This device even sports the iconic T9 keyboard from the yesteryears. The handset comes with a 2.45-inch QVGA curved display and is powered by the Qualcomm 205 silicon paired with 512MB of RAM. Internal storage stands at 4GB and the 8110 comes preloaded with a host of apps including Google Search, Maps, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Google Assistant. The 8110 4G ships with a 2-megapixel sensor on the back with an LED flash.
Related read: Nokia 8110 4G first impressions
After the comeback, Nokia has been bringing an array of devices. The latest budget phone from the company comes in the form of the 3.1 Plus. The smartphone features a large 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. Powering the device is the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. On the storage front, the Nokia 3.1 Plus offers 32GB of onboard storage which can be further expanded up to 400GB via microSD card slot.
The Nokia 3.1 Plus is backed by a 3,500mAh battery which is rated to offer a standby time of up to 27 days and 34 hours of talk time.
Related read: Nokia 3.1 Plus review
The 6T arrives with a series of new features on the outside. For the first time, the company has totally ditched the 3.5mm audio socket and made a shift to the USB Type-C. The OnePlus 6T sports a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display set at a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. Powering the device is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 paired with 6GB / 8GB of RAM, just like the OnePlus 6 (review). However, the new device comes with 128GB of storage onboard by default.
Similar to its predecessor, the OnePlus 6T offers a dual rear camera setup consisting of 16MP + 20MP sensors and a 20MP selfie camera.
Related read: OnePlus 6T review
These are the top smartphones that were launched last month. Which one of these are you picking up this festive season? Let us know in the comment box below.