“Phonemakers will be starting afresh in their attempt to conquer the world with smartphones”
New year, new beginning. With 2019 done and dusted, OEMs will be starting afresh in their bid to conquer the smartphone world. January is predominantly known for Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US. This year it’s slated to begin from January 7th and end on January 10th. Pretty exciting development coming to your way, so keep an eye on that. Meanwhile, in India, Samsung is likely to launch a handful of smartphones, including its latest Galaxy A series 2020. Xiaomi could surprise everyone with the launch of its 108MP camera smartphone Mi Note 10 and the Redmi K30 smartphone in the country. Let’s begin with our list of smartphones launching in India or globally in January 2020.
Upcoming phones in India in January 2020
Samsung Galaxy A51, Galaxy A71
The Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 are Samsung’s latest Galaxy A series smartphones. The handsets have been launched globally, and in January, they could break covers in India (fingers crossed). Both Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 come with a centre-aligned punch-hole display, quad rear cameras with a macro lens, in-display fingerprint sensor, and large batteries with fast charging support, among other things.
The Galaxy A51 sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with an Infinity-O panel, 2.3Ghz octa-core Exynos 9611 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, 48MP quad rear cameras, a 32MP selfie camera, and 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging. The Galaxy A71, on the other hand, features a 6.7-inch FHD+ display, a 2.2GHz octa-core chipset, 64MP quad rear cameras, 32MP selfie camera, and 4,500mAh battery 25W fast charging support. Software-wise, both phones run Android 9 Pie-based One UI 2.0 out of the box.
Mi Note 10
Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 with a 108-megapixel camera could also launch in India in January 2020. The vendor has confirmed the launch of the phone in the country, and as reported by 91mobiles, the Mi Note 10 will be priced around Rs 40,000. The phone ships with as many as five cameras, with 108MP primary sensor, a 12MP sensor, a 5MP telephoto lens with 10x hybrid zoom support, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro lens.
The Mi Note 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 730G chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. The handset sports a 6.47-inch Arc AMOLED full-HD+ display and houses a whopping 5,260mAh battery and supports 30W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite launch have been postponed to mid-January, per 91mobiles. The handsets were previously expected to launch in December, but it seems Samsung has some change in plan. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy S10 Lite, as the name suggests, will be the affordable offerings in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 series respectively.
Both Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy S10 Lite are actively doing the rounds on the internet. While the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is tipped to be powered by a dated Exynos 9810 chipset, the Galaxy S10 Lite would rock the flagship Snapdragon 855/ Exynos 9820 SoC. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is expected to flaunt a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, 8GB RAM, 128GB, 48MP triple cameras, and a 4,500mAh battery with support for 45W Super Fast Charging 2.0. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite, on the other hand, will reportedly sport Infinity-O display, 6GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, and Android 10-based One UI 2.0 OS running out of the box.
The Redmi K30 smartphone has been launched in China, and it’s only a matter of time before it’ll make its debut here in India. The handset may break cover as early as in January 2020 in the country. Unlike the Chinese variant, the Redmi K30 Indian variant could only come with 4G LTE connectivity, not 5G. The Redmi K30 4G is powered by Snapdragon 730G chipset and sports a 6.67-inch curved LCD display with 120Hz refresh rate, Full-HD+ resolution, and a pill-shaped punch-hole for dual selfie cameras at the top right corner.
In the imaging department, the Redmi K30 features quad rear cameras with 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor, 8MP super wide-angle lens, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensors. The selfie cameras of the phone sport a 20MP + 2MP shooters on the front. The entire setup is driven by a 4,500mAh battery with 27W fast charging support, while MIUI 11 with Android 10 takes care of the software side of things. For security, the Realme K30 sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Upcoming phones globally in January 2020
OnePlus Concept phone
OnePlus is slated to take the stage at CES 2020 in Las Vegas to unveil a futuristic smartphone. This is the first time the Chinese OEM is hosting such an event, hence, there isn’t anything substantial we know about the handset. OnePlus, meanwhile, is calling it “OnePlus Concept One”, which will give you “sneak peek into the future look of smartphones.” Rumours are rife that the upcoming offering could be OnePlus foldable smartphone.
The Realme X50 launch has been teased for quite some time, and we believe it may debut in China in January 2020. The handset will be Realme’s first smartphone with 5G connectivity and sport a 6.55-inch LCD display, Snapdragon 765G SoC with integrated 5G modem, and 64MP Sony IMX686 quad rear cameras. Fueling the phone could be a 4,500mAh battery with 30W VOOC fast charging support.
Alongside the Realme X50 5G, the vendor is also expected to launch the Realme X50 Youth edition. It’s expected to rock MediaTek MT6885 5G SoC, 16MP quad rear cameras, 32MP selfie shooter, and a 5,000mAh battery with VOOC 4.0 Flash Charge support. The Realme X50 series will most likely to compete against the Redmi K30 smartphone.