“With the festive season around the corner, smartphone brands are all set to cash in with a slew of interesting launches”
If September was the busiest month in terms of smartphone launches, October will be no different. There’s a surprising number of upcoming smartphones, including the flagship Pixel 4 series, OnePlus 7T Pro, Xiaomi’s 64MP Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Galaxy Fold, expected to launch in the first month of the final quarter of 2019. While some of them will come with minor upgrades over their predecessors, there are other mobile phones which could change the face of the competition in their segments. So, brace yourself!
Here’s a roundup of the best upcoming smartphones yet to show their hand.
Upcoming phones in India in September 2019
OnePlus 7T Pro
The OnePlus 7T Pro official launch has been scheduled for October 10th. The handset will be a slightly better version of the OnePlus 7T smartphone. The 7T Pro is expected to feature a similar design, including pop-up selfie camera, vertically-aligned triple rear cameras, and curved 90Hz display, as the OnePlus 7 Pro from earlier this year. There will be a McLaren edition of the phone as well.
The OnePlus 7T Pro is tipped to rock Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform, fluid AMOLED display with HDR10+ support, and 30W fast charging support. In the camera department, the handset may sport a primary 48-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto unit with 3x zoom, 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. Other rumoured features include 4,085mAh battery, in-display fingerprint scanner, Android 10 OS, and face unlock.
Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi’s 64-megapixel camera phone Redmi Note 8 Pro could launch in India towards the end of October. The handset was introduced back in August alongside the Redmi Note 8 in China. At the time the company’s India head Manu Kumar Jain said, it’ll bring the phone in the country after eight weeks. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the successor to Redmi Note 7 Pro and packs 64-megapixel quad-camera setup at the back. The fascia of the phone features a 6.53-inch dot-notch LCD panel and 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T processor. The phone is driven by 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support and runs Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 out of the box.
The regular Redmi Note 8, meanwhile, ships with a 6.39-inch Full-HD+ display, Snapdragon 665 processor, MIUI 10 custom skin, and 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging. The camera configuration is 48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide angle + 2MP depth + 2MP macro sensor.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Samsung Galaxy Fold (first impressions) smartphone, which was re-released this month globally, could be launched in India in October. The chaebol has been testing the phone in the country for a while now. It’s time we see the official release of the world’s first commercially launched foldable display smartphone. The Galaxy Fold, as you may already know, packs 7.3-inch AMOLED screen that folds from the middle and a secondary 4.6-inch Super AMOLED cover screen. The phone sports as many as a total of six cameras and is powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 12GB of RAM + 512GB storage. Connectivity features include 5G, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, VHT80 4×4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5, GPS with GLONASS, NFC, and MST.
The Vivo V17 is expected to be more affordable and slightly downgraded version of Vivo V17 Pro. The latter was introduced in India on September 20th as the first smartphone from the brand with pop-up dual selfie cameras and quad setup at the back. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 675 SoC, coupled with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB user-expandable storage. It has a 6.59-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD+ (1,080 x 2,400p) resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, and an in-display fingerprint scanner that is claimed to be faster than the previous-gen sensor. The phone is being fuelled by a 4,100mAh battery with 18W Dual-Engine fast charging support.
In the camera department, there is 48-megapixel Sony IMX 582 (f/1.8) primary sensor + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) Super Wide-Angle lens + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) depth sensor + 13-megapixel (f/2.5) telephoto lens with 2x zoom setup on the rear. For selfies and video calling, the Vivo V17 Pro houses 32-megapixel snapper and 8-megapixel secondary sensor.
Vivo NEX 3
Vivo’s next-gen flagship, the NEX 3, could make its India debut in October. The handset was recently unveiled in China, and it comes with almost 100 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Vivo NEX 3 also sports a 64-megapixel primary sensor paired with 13-megapixel f/2.48 telephoto lens with 2x optical and a 13-megapixel f/2.2 120-degree Super wide-angle lens. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform, accompanied by up to 8GB of RAM, and 256GB storage.
The Vivo NEX 3 sports a tall 6.89-inch Super AMOLED display that bears full HD+ resolution, HDR 10 support, and curved edges. The phone features Accident Touch Prevention 4.0 to prevent inadvertent touches while holding the device and Touch Sense support instead of physical volume keys. The handset houses 4,500mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging tech and runs Android 9 Pie-FunTouchOS out of the box. The NEX 3 also has liquid cooling, in-display fingerprint scanner, turbo mode, and standard connectivity options onboard.
Samsung Galaxy A70s
Samsung’s latest Galaxy A70s smartphone will reportedly be launching in September-end, which suggests its sales should begin the following month. The mid-range handset is the first from the brand with a 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. The successor to Galaxy A70 is said to sport a 6.7-inch display and Snapdragon 675 mobile platform ticking at its core. A 4,400mAh battery with fast charging support will reportedly fuel the handset.
Upcoming phones globally in October 2019
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones are scheduled to launch at Google’s hardware event on October 15th. The flagships will take on Apple’s new iPhone 11 series and are said to sport triple rear cameras (yes, you heard it right). The Pixel 4 series will be the first in the lineup to come with more than one cameras at the back, and it’s all set to boost its photography. There will be a 12.2MP primary sensor, paired with an ultra-wide-angle lens and telephoto lens. The front camera details are unknown at the moment.
The handsets will most likely rock Snapdragon 855 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and boot Android 10 out of the box. The Pixel 4 XL is rumoured to sport a 6.23-inch QHD+ AMOLED 90Hz display with 19:9 aspect ratio and pack a 3,700mAh battery with fast charging support. The regular Pixel 4, on the other hand, may ship with 2,800mAh battery and slightly smaller display than the XL model. Apart from this, both the phones are confirmed to feature Face Unlock, Soli radar for gesture navigation, and the Motion Sense features. A 5G variant of the Pixel 4 series, which may come in as many as four colour options, is also expected. The phones may launch in India as early as in November.
OPPO Reno Ace
The OPPO Reno Ace will be making its debut on October 10th in China. The latest Reno series offering is said to pack a whopping 65W SuperVOOC Charge technology and a 90Hz refresh rate display. The handset is likely to feature Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC ticking at its core. That’s all the information we can divulge at the moment.
Rumours have been swirling that Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO is planning to launch its second-gen POCO F2 smartphone. Unlike the original POCO F1, the handset will reportedly have a dot-notch display with a chin at the bottom. The POCO F2 is expected to feature an AMOLED screen, dual camera setup at the back, and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner instead of in-display scanner. The phone is likely to boot Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 out of the box.
In terms of specifications, POCO F2 is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC along with 6GB / 8GB of RAM. It will reportedly feature a 6.39-inch FHD+ display. Considering that the POCO F1 was the most affordable Snapdragon 845-powered smartphone, we can expect the next iteration smartphone to be also aggressively priced.
nubia will be taking the wraps off its flagship Z20 on October 14th in China. The handset will flaunt dual-display display design, with a 6.42-inch primary screen that bears Full-HD+ resolution and no bezel or notch whatsoever. The secondary display at the back of the phone has a 5.1-inch panel. The nubia Z20’s triple rear cameras (main + ultra-wide + telephoto) doubles up as front cameras. At its core will lie Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform, paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. The entire package will be driven by 4,000mAh battery with up to 27W PD fast charge.