“The all-new Samsung Galaxy S20 series will be making its debut in India in March, while iPhone 9 is expected to be the biggest global launch of the month”
The untoward cancellation of MWC 2020 earlier this month has made March 2020 the launchpad for many smartphones including the much-anticipated iPhone 9. In addition to that, Samsung Galaxy S20 series is all set to make its India debut, while OPPO Reno 3 Pro, Mi 10, and Honor 9X Pro, etc will take the stage in the global arena in March. So without any further ado, let’s begin with our list of smartphones launching in March 2020 in India as well as globally.
Phones launching in India in March 2020
OPPO Reno 3 Pro
OPPO Reno 3 Pro, touted as the world’s first smartphone with 44MP dual front camera, is slated to launch in India on March 2nd. The handset is expected to be a mid-range offering with an elongated punch-hole display and quad rear cameras. The phone is rumoured to sport a 6.5-inch full-HD+ OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. It’s likely to be powered new MediaTek Helio P95 SoC paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage.
For photography, the OPPO Reno 3 Pro will reportedly rock a 64MP quad-rear camera system that will also support 20x zoom much like the Reno 2. The phone is said to house a 4,025mAh battery and support VOOC 4.0 30W fast-charging. It may run Android 10 with ColorOS 7.0 out of the box and offer connectivity features such as 5G SA/ NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, and USB Type-C.
Samsung Galaxy S20 series
Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which is all set to go on sale on March 6th, could be showcased in India in March. The handsets are the latest flagship lineup from the brand, comprising of Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20+, and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series price in India starts at Rs 66,999, and it’s up for pre-booking via Samsung’s official website and major e-commerce platforms across the country. Unlike the global variants, the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup in India will only arrive with 4G connectivity instead of 5G.
The phones rock Exynos 990 chipset and a punch-hole Infinity O display with 120Hz refresh rate, QHD+ resolution, and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. While the Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with 12MP triple-rear camera setup with 30x zoom, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ sports 12MP quad rear cameras with OIS DepthVision sensor and 30x zoom. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, meanwhile, features a quad camera setup that includes a 108MP wide-angle, 12MP ultra-wide-angle, 48MP telephoto lens with 100X Space Zoom, and OIS DepthVision Camera. The lineup runs Android 10-based One UI 2 out of the box and houses a beefy battery cell with fast charging support.
Infinix S5 Pro
Infinix will be launching its S5 Pro on March 6th in India. It’s touted to be the cheapest pop-up selfie camera smartphone, with the pop-up module placed at the top right corner. The phone is rumoured to pack a 4,000mAh battery with AI Smart Power management, a MediaTek chipset, vertically-arranged rear camera setup, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security. The Infinix S5 Pro price in India is said to be under Rs 10,000. That’s all the information we can divulge at the moment.
Vivo V19 series
Vivo V19 and V19 Pro both are expected to be the brand’s upcoming V-series smartphones. Rumours are rife that the handsets could be unveiled in India in March ahead of IPL 2020, which is set to begin from March 29th. They are going to be mid-range offerings, succeeding last year’s Vivo V17 series. Of the little we know about the Vivo V19 series, it’s expected to debut with a punch-hole display that will house dual selfie cameras. The handsets will most likely run the latest Android 10 OS with Vivo’s custom skin out of the box.
OPPO A31, which has been launched in Indonesia, could be announced in India in March. The phone’s promotional poster with Fantasy White and Mystery Black colour options and launch offers was recently leaked to indicate its imminent arrival. The OPPO A31 is likely to be the brand’s affordable offering with triple rear cameras and waterdrop notch display.
The handset could sport a 6.5-inch display with a small cut-out for the selfie camera atop. Under the hood, the OPPO A31 will be powered by a MediaTek Helio P95 chipset, which will be paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of onboard storage. In optics, it could rock a 12MP triple camera setup at the back and an 8MP shooter on the front for selfies and video calling. A 4,230mAh battery will keep the lights of the device on, while Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.1.2 may take care of its software side of things.
In addition to these, we may also expect Realme 6, Redmi 9, Honor 9X Pro, and Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 10 series smartphones to launch in India. However, details around their launches are not quite concrete at the moment.
Phones launching globally in March 2020
It’s all but confirmed that Apple will be launching its iPhone 9 aka iPhone SE 2 in March (unless coronavirus sets back the launch date). The handset will be the first low-cost smartphone from the Cupertino-based firm in years. It’s rumoured to flaunt iPhone 8-like design with a notch-less 16:9 aspect ratio display, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and a single camera setup at the back.
Going by the previous leaks and rumours, the iPhone 9 will be powered by Apple A13 Bionic chipset. The phone is tipped to sport a 4.7-inch display, 3GB of RAM, and 64GB/ 128GB native storage. The handset will most likely boot iOS 13 out of the box. The iPhone 9 price will reportedly start at $399 (~Rs 28,500) in the US; the handset will come in as many as five colour options, per a render leak.
OPPO Find X2
OPPO will refresh its ‘innovative’ Find series with the OPPO Find X2 at a rumoured event on March 6th. The handset will reportedly have Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB built-in storage, under the hood. It’s tipped to sport a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with 2K screen resolution and 120Hz fast refresh rate, which is the maximum that has been offered in smartphones to date and is currently available on just handful of products overall.
For photography, the OPPO Find X2 is expected to sport a 48MP triple-rear camera setup with 8MP ultra-wide unit and a 13MP telephoto lens. The phone is said to feature a 32MP sensor for the front camera. Other features may include a 4,065mAh battery, 65W fast-charging support, and Android 10 with ColorOS 7 OS. There may also be a Find X2 Pro model in the works, but there are few details available for the handset.
Huawei P40 series
The Huawei P40 series is said to break covers in Paris towards the end of March. The series is expected to include three smartphones – vanilla Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Lite. While the specifications of the Lite variant remain vague at the moment, the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro are expected to be powered by Kirin 990 chipset with 5G connectivity. The handsets are rumoured to feature a curved punch-hole display and up to five camera setup at the back.
Rumours are rife that the Huawei P40 Pro will pack a 52MP primary sensor with f/1.3 aperture, a 40MP cine sensor, an 8MP periscope sensor with 10x optical zoom, and a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor. The lineup is expected to come in Mint, Black, Blush Gold, Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, and Ice White colours.
Redmi K30 Pro
The ‘Pro’ variant of Redmi K30 is expected to launch in March in the Chinese market. The handset will be aptly dubbed as Redmi K30 Pro and is rumoured to ship with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC. Additionally, the phone will reportedly pack an OLED display instead of LCD, an in-display fingerprint sensor, a pop-up selfie camera, and a large 4,700mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.
In the imaging department, the Redmi K30 Pro will allegedly rock the same 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor, but the source claims that the lens placement will be different from the one found on the Redmi K30. Software-wise, the phone will most likely boot Android 10-based MIUI 11 out of the box. And if the Redmi K30 is anything to go by, the Pro model may end up becoming the POCO F2 for the Indian market.