“Upcoming phones in India in September 2019 include the likes of Redmi Note 8 Pro, Realme XT, OnePlus 7T, Vivo Z1X and V17 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy M30s”
While September is all about new iPhones, fans of Android devices won’t be left high and dry either. Phonemakers from Xiaomi and Realme to OnePlus and Nokia/ HMD Global to have all lined up some new interesting smartphones to be launched in India and other markets this month. Although the limelight will be on Apple’s upcoming flagship — reportedly called iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, other smartphones — such as OnePlus 7T and Huawei Mate 30 series — could be worth the wait too. Apart from this, Realme will be launching its first 64-megapixel camera smartphone in India in September, and we can expect Xiaomi’s to do the same for its Redmi Note 8 series. If you’re a fan LG or Nokia smartphones, watch out for the IFA trade show that kicks off on September 6th in Berlin, Germany. Lastly, an “improved” Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone will be re-launched this month.
Below is the list of upcoming smartphones slated/ expected to launch in September:
Upcoming phones in India in September 2019
Redmi Note 8 series
The Redmi Note 8 series has been scheduled to launch on August 29th in China, and the company will be aiming to bring the lineup to India next month, ahead of the Realme XT smartphone. The series, which is expected to include Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro, with the latter getting the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 with a whopping 64-megapixel sensor. The Redmi Note 8 Pro will be powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T gaming chipset and have a waterdrop notch. The smartphone will also get a 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support, Liquid Cooling tech. Other than that, Redmi has been teasing the durability and the 25x zooming capabilities of the Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Not as much information has been revealed officially about the Redmi Note 8 though. However, we do know it will have quad rear cameras with a 48MP primary sensor and Snapdragon 665 processor. As for the prices, a recent leak claimed the Redmi Note 8 price will be RMB 1,199 (about Rs 12,000) for the 4GB + 64GB variant (there is no word on the price of the 3GB + 32GB variant). Redmi Note 8 Pro prices, on the other hand, will be RMB 1,799 (roughly Rs 18,000) and RMB 2,099 (approximately Rs 21,000) for the 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB variants, respectively.
OnePlus 7T/ 7T Pro
The OnePlus 7T series will be another high-profile smartphone scheduled launch in September. The lineup is likely to include OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro and come with a bunch of upgrade from its predecessor OnePlus 7 series. Speculations are rife that the OnePlus 7T series will come equipped with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC that has higher clock speed and performance power compared to the regular Snapdragon 855 processor. The design of the upcoming handsets will mostly be the same as their predecessors, except for the triple rear cameras arranged in a circular module at the back. While the OnePlus 7T is expected to come with a waterdrop-style notch display, the OnePlus 7T Pro may ship with an edge-to-edge screen with pop-up selfie camera up top.
The upcoming ‘affordable’ flagships from the brand will most likely feature 90Hz AMOLED panels with in-display fingerprint scanner, and up to 12GB RAM + 256GB onboard storage. Rumours are that the handsets could pack slightly bigger battery cells compared to their respective predecessors. A special OnePlus 7T McLaren Senna Edition is also said to be in the works. The OnePlus 7T series launch date hasn’t been announced yet, but reports suggest it could happen as early as September 26th. Not to forget, OnePlus could be launching its first smart TV on the same day.
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The Realme XT (first impressions) is also expected to launch in India towards the end of September. The smartphone’s specifications have been revealed officially, so the India price and release date will be the real draws from the September launch event. It’s a mid-range handset from the brand with a 64MP primary sensor, backed by an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 712 SoC and has a 4,000mAh battery with 20W VOOC 3.0 fast-charging support. Other features include a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint sensor, ColorOS 6 custom skin, EIS and 4K video recording, and 16MP selfie sensor. Lastly, the phone will come in 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB, and 8GB + 128GB variants.
The Vivo Z1X is expected to be the second installment of Vivo’s online-exclusive Vivo Z series in India. The handset’s launch is tipped to be in the first week of September. The Vivo Z1X is said to be the slightly premium version than the Vivo Z1 Pro smartphone that was launched in July. The phone will reportedly feature a 48MP triple rear camera setup and AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Vivo Z1X price in India is expected to be between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000.
Samsung Galaxy M30s
The Vivo Z1X smartphone may face competition from Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy M30s smartphone. The vendor is expected to introduce the handset in its online-exclusive Galaxy M30s smartphone in India by mid-September. Successor to the Galaxy M30, the smartphone is rumoured to arrive with triple rear cameras with a 48MP main sensor, a new Exynos processor that hasn’t been introduced in the lineup yet, and Infinity U display. The phone is also expected to house a beefy 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging tech, USB Type-C charging port, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy M30s price in India has been reported to be around Rs 15,000.
Samsung Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A30s
Other than the Galaxy M30s, Samsung is also expected to refresh its Galaxy A series lineup in India. Both the Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s smartphones that were announced last month globally are expected to debut in India in September. The new handsets come with a bunch of improvements from their respective predecessors – Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30. The major highlights of the Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s include triple rear cameras, octa-core processors, in-display fingerprint sensors, and 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast-charging. The Galaxy A50s is the most-premium smartphone here as it features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display (1,080 x 2,340 pixels), 48MP main sensor, and an impressive 32MP front camera.
The Galaxy A30s, on the other hand, has the same 6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display but with HD+ resolution and V-shape notch. The handset is equipped with a 25-megapixel primary sensor backed by 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth-of-field sensor on the rear. Its front camera gets a 16MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture lens.
Lenovo K10 Note
The Lenovo K10 Note smartphone is expected to debut at the company’s event in India on September 5th. The Lenovo K10 Note could just be a rebranded version of the Lenovo Z6 Youth and the successor to the K9 Note that was announced earlier this year. If so, the phone may come with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display that supports HDR10 content and Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset, which is paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage ticking at its core. For photography, the handset is likely to feature a triple rear camera setup with 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 5-megapixel sensors and a 16-megapixel shooter on the front. The Lenovo K10 Note would house a 4,050mAh battery, while Android 9.0 Pie-based ZUI 11 will take care of its software side of things. The phone will most likely be a budget offering.
Vivo V17 series
The Vivo V17 series is the upcoming mid-range smartphones that’ll be making its debut in the country this month. The company has started teasing the series, which will succeed in the Vivo V15 smartphones that were launched earlier this year. Just like its predecessor, the next-gen V-series will come in two models: Vivo V17 and Vivo V17 Pro. Needless to say, the Vivo V17 Pro will be the more premium smartphone of the two, with the better chipset, camera setup, beefier battery, and impressive RAM and storage configuration compared to the regular V17. While Vivo is yet to reveal the specifications, the handsets could come with an in-display fingerprint scanner, AMOLED panel, edge-to-edge display, fast charging tech, and at least a triple camera setup at the back.
Upcoming phones globally in September 2019
iPhone 11 models
Apple’s hardware event this year will see the unveiling of the much-awaited iPhone 11 series models. Just like last year or a year before, the Cupertino-based firm will take the wraps off as many as three smartphones from the Steve Jobs Theater in California. Apple is yet to announce the launch date, but the iOS 13 system images suggest it could happen on September 10th. As for the specifications, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models will reportedly be the first in the lineup to come with triple camera setup on the back. The affordable iPhone 11, which is said to succeed the iPhone XR, will reportedly come with dual rear cameras and LCD display. Apart from this, all the three smartphones will feature a notch-toting display, A13 Apple bionic chip, Face ID, iOS 13, and bigger battery and better camera sensors. All three will launch the same day, according to an analyst.
Apart from the Redmi Note 8 series, the Xiaomi sub-brand is also expected to unveil the Redmi 8 series in China in September. While the details of the Redmi 8 and Redmi 8 Pro are vague at the moment, the Redmi 8A is tipped to arrive with dual rear cameras and a dot-notch display thanks to a leaked live image. The successor to the Redmi 7A smartphone is also expected to come with a 6.2-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 439 SoC, 5,000mAh battery, and 4GB of RAM + 64GB storage configuration.
Huawei Mate 30 series
Huawei this year has decided to launch its next-gen flagship Mate 30 series in September instead of October. The company may take the wraps off the Huawei Mate 30 series on September 19th at an event in Berlin, Germany. Speculations suggest more than one variant in the upcoming Mate 30 series will be unveiled, just like previous years. The lineup is tipped to involve Mate 30, Mate 30 Lite, and Mate 30 Pro smartphones. While the details of the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Lite are scarce at the moment, the Mate 30 Pro is expected to come with Leica’s quad rear camera setup, curved edge-to-edge notch-toting display, upcoming Kirin 990 SoC, and a beefy 4,500mAh battery. In addition to this, the latest leak suggests that the Mate 30 Pro could come with accessories similar to Moto mods.
Vivo NEX 3
The Vivo NEX 3 smartphone is also slated to launch in September. The flagship NEX series is among the most innovative smartphone lineup in the industry and its upcoming model the Vivo NEX 3 will be no less. The handset is already making headlines for its almost 100 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to the new waterfall screen design and curved display and 120W Super Flash Charge support. The images and specifications of the alleged NEX 3 further confirm triple cameras in a circular module at the back, Snapdragon 855 or Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC ticking at its core, 4G and 5G connectivity, and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
A refreshed Samsung Galaxy Fold will be relaunched in September. The foldable smartphone from Samsung was unveiled in February with availability from April was recalled due to design failure and display fiasco. Samsung claims that it has reworked the design of the Galaxy Fold and fixed all issues, with the handset set to hit stores near you in September. The handset will reportedly be available for sale starting from September 18th or September 20th. The Galaxy Fold price has been set at $1,999 (~Rs 1,43,0000) and its major highlight includes the 7.3-inch AMOLED screen that folds from the middle. The handset also has a secondary 4.6-inch Super AMOLED cover screen, a total of six cameras, Snapdragon 855 SoC ticking at its core, and 12GB of RAM + 512GB storage.
Nokia 5.2, Nokia 6.2, Nokia 7.2, Nokia 8.2
Nokia brand licensee HMD Global is expected to launch a handful of smartphones at the upcoming IFA 2019 trade show on September 6th in Berlin, Germany. This will be the first time the vendor will be at the event, and it’s rumoured to launch the all-new Nokia 5.2, Nokia 6.2, Nokia 7.2, and Nokia 8.2 smartphones. While the details of the handsets are limited, we can tell that they all come with Android One and boot stock Android out of the box. Furthermore, the Nokia 7.2 is tipped to feature Zeiss triple cameras at the back with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display and Snapdragon 710 or Snapdragon 712 SoC ticking at its core. The handset will be a mid-range offering and is expected to be priced at around Rs 20,000.
The Nokia 8.2, on the other hand, will be the most premium smartphone of the lot. The handset will reportedly feature an impressive 32-megapixel front camera and a punch-hole display on the front. The Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 5.2 could be the affordable offerings from the brand, with the latter likely to employ a 48-megapixel primary sensor with Zeiss optics and a 20-megapixel secondary wide-angle lens. The Nokia 6.2 could feature a 6-inch FHD+ punch-hole display and be powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC, paired with 6GB RAM and a 3,300mAh battery.
LG G8X ThinQ
LG will also be taking the stage at this year’s IFA event. While it’s not clear what the chaebol will be launching, rumours are that it could be the flagship LG G8X ThinQ. The handset is expected to be the successor of the LG G8 smartphone that was unveiled earlier this year. Going by the previous leaks and rumours, the LG G8X ThinQ could ship with a 6.2-inch waterdrop notch display with a QHD display and dual rear cameras. The handset will most likely be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 or Snapdragon 855+ processor. That’s all the information we can divulge at the moment. There is the LG V60 smartphone also expected, but its details are scarce at the moment.
Sony Xperia 20
Sony, on the other hand, is a regular at IFA. While the OEM is yet to confirm its presence in Berlin, the Xperia 20 has been doing the rounds off the internet for quite some time and we expect it to launch soon. The handset could be a mid-range offering as it’s reported to pack a 6-inch LCD display with full HD+ resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. The phone is tipped to come in two RAM and two storage variants – 4GB / 6GB and 64GB / 128GB, and for photography, a dual primary camera setup comprising of two 12MP sensors. On the front, the device will feature a single camera of unknown resolution. We expect to learn more details about the Xperia 20 in the days to come, so stay tuned for the updates.