If you are someone who tracks new and upcoming mobile launches, you will know that it's been an eventful 2019. This year so far has seen the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, the long anticipated Nokia 9 PureView, and the Huawei P30 series. Other latest smartphones include Samsung's rejigged Galaxy A series, and a new Galaxy M series as well. Xiaomi's successful Redmi Note 7 duo has been one of the highlights of the new mobile phones we've seen recently, and the first foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X also became official. However, the smartphone industry is far from done, and upcoming mobile launches includes the Redmi 7, OnePlus 7, the Realme 3 Pro, Redmi Y3, and Google's Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
There are a slew of new mobile phones that are in the pipeline, and some of them are slated for launch very soon. Without further delay, let's take a look at all the phones that may be unveiled before the first half of 2019 is complete. Here's a partial list of upcoming mobiles set to launch in India soon.
According to a latest leak, the OnePlus 7 is said to launch on May 14, which is exactly a month away. There's no official confirmation from OnePlus though that might change on Wednesday. OnePlus 7 case renders suggest a triple rear camera setup aligned vertically. It appears to have a thin-bezel display — thanks to the rumoured pop-up selfie camera module. At the bottom, the alleged OnePlus 7 cases have cut-outs for a USB Type-C port as well as the loudspeaker grill and two microphones.
An earlier case leak also suggested that the SIM card tray will sit at the bottom, something that isn't seen in the latest case leak. While specification leaks of the OnePlus 7 are scarce at the moment, CEO Pete Lau had confirmed earlier that the phone will not support wireless charging. Expected specifications include Snapdragon 855 processor and 48-megapixel sensor.
OnePlus 7 Pro is tipped to launch alongside OnePlus 7 on May 14. There's expected to be a OnePlus 7 Pro 5G variant as well, but nothing has been confirmed by OnePlus yet. As per an image leak, the OnePlus 7 Pro is tipped to sport a dual edged display, similar to the Galaxy S10+. The phone is tipped to sport a 6.67-inch Super Optic display, a Snapdragon 855 processor paired with 8GB RAM, 256GB of internal storage, a triple rear camera setup – with one 48-megapixel sensor, another 16-megapixel sensor, and a last 8-megapixel sensor, and run on Android Pie.
The Realme 3 Pro is set to launch on April 22 in India, and the phone is positioned to be a Redmi Note 7 Pro competitor. The Realme 3 Pro is tipped to pack a 6.3-inch display, a Snapdragon 710 SoC, 6GB RAM, a 48-megapixel sensor, and a 3,960mAh battery. The phone is being teased regularly, and the camera samples hint at great low-light photography skills.
CEO Madhav Sheth has earlier confirmed that the Realme 3 Pro will come with fast speeds. Recent teasers hint that the Realme 3 Pro will come with super slo-mo mode, burst mode called Speed Shot, and HyperBoost performance enhancement tech as well.
The company will host the launch of the Realme 3 Pro on Monday, April 22 at the Delhi University at 12:30pm IST, where the pricing and availability details will be unveiled. The phone is already being teased on Flipkart.
After teasing it for a while, Xiaomi has now confirmed that a new Redmi Y-series smartphone - thought to be the Redmi Y3 - will launch in India on April 24. The company has also sent out media invites, which states that the Redmi Y3's launch event will kick off at 12:00pm IST. The accompanying hashtag “#32MPSuperSelfie” serves as an indication that the smartphone will come equipped with a 32-megapixel front camera.
The Redmi Y3 is rumoured to sport a waterdrop-shaped notch, and Samsung's 32-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GD1 image sensor that was announced back in October last year. Rumours suggest that the Redmi Y3 might pack a 4,000mAh battery, may run MIUI 10 based on Android Pie, and will have support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n standards. The phone hasn't been launched in China as of yet.
Xiaomi launched the Redmi 7 in China recently, and the phone is tipped to launch in India soon. The phone was expected to launch in India before the Redmi Y3, but now it doesn't seem like that's happening. The Redmi Y3 is set to be official on April 24, and the Redmi 7 could launch soon after that. Of course, there is no confirmation from Xiaomi's end, and this is pure speculation. Given Xiaomi's new strategy in India of launching new phones soon after their launch in China, the Redmi 7 series launch in India should be very near. To recall, the Redmi Note 7 Pro was launched in India first, and then later in China. In any case, we recommend you take this information with a healthy dose of scepticism.
The Redmi 7 price in China has been set at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 7,100) for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant, while its 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage option comes at CNY 799 (roughly Rs. 8,200). There is also the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model of the Redmi 7 that is priced at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,200). The new budget phone by Xiaomi sports a 19:9 display and runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. The Redmi 7 also comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC, paired with up to 4GB of RAM. Xiaomi has offered a 4,000mAh battery on the Redmi 7.
Huawei brand Honor recently revealed that the Honor 20i will be unveiled in China on April 17. The phone is confirmed to sport a 32-megapixel selfie camera backed by artificial intelligence (AI). The Honor 20i is speculated to sport a 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) display and come with a 2.2GHz, octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, paired with 4GB and 6GB RAM options. The phone could also have 64GB and 128GB storage options and include a 3,400mAh battery. Notably, these specifications are similar to that of the Honor 10i that was launched in Russia just last month. The Honor 20i price remains under wraps.
While the Honor 20i may be the first smartphone to be launched in the Honor 20 series, at least in China, the Huawei sub-brand this week also teased the global launch of the Honor 20 series at an event in London on May 21. At the launch, we can expect the Honor 20 to be unveiled, with other Honor 20 series offerings speculated to include the Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20A, Honor 20C, and Honor 20X - though these may be launched separately over the course of the year. As for the Honor 20, rumoured specifications include a triple rear camera setup, consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, 20-megapixel secondary sensor, and an 8-megapixel sensor. Other specifications indicate Android 9.0 Piew a 32-megapixel front camera, and a 3,650mAh battery. It is said to be powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC. Honor 20 Pro
The Honor 20 Pro may launch alongside the Honor 20 at the company's May 21 global launch event. Past leaks have indicated that the Honor 20 Pro will sport a 6.1-inch OLED display, an in-display fingerprint sensor, the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC, and three RAM/ storage configurations — 6GB/ 128GB, 8GB/ 128GB, and 8GB/ 256GB. It is said to have the same triple camera setup at the back, same selfie camera, and same battery capacity as the Honor 20. Other rumoured features include Gaming+, Link Turbo, CPU, and GPU Turbo. It is tipped to be priced around CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 30,800).
Google is heavily reported to launch the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL soon as well. While Google is still tight-lipped about it, the rumour mills have been churning out leaks at a steady pace. The Pixel 3a series is expected to cater to a lower price segment. The two phones are rumoured to launch at I/O 2019 in May this year.
As per case renders, the Pixel 3a is tipped to sport a single rear camera setup, a 3.5mm audio jack, a bottom firing speaker grill, a USB Type-C port, and traditional bezels on top and bottom of the display. The Pixel 3a is tipped to be priced between $400- $500 (roughly Rs. 28,000-Rs. 35,000).
The Pixel 3a is reported to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or Snapdragon 710 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, a single 12-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera. Moreover, the Pixel 3a is reported to feature a 5.5-inch display, a 2,915mAh battery with 18W fast charging and runs Android 9 Pie.
The Pixel 3a XL is the larger variant of the Pixel 3a series, and it is reported to sport a 6-inch display, and up to 6GB of RAM. The phone is rumoured to launch alongside Pixel 3a at Google I/O 2019 and may see more battery life as well. As per case renders, the larger variant will also sport a single rear camera, a traditional display with top and bottom bezels, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Lenovo Z6 Pro is now slated to launch on April 23 in Beijing. The phone is teased to sport a Hyper Vision camera that will make the phone capable of capturing ‘Hyper Videos'. Past teasers have confirmed that the Lenovo Z6 Pro will be powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 processor, and come with support for 5G connectivity. A recent Weibo post from Lenovo VP Chang Cheng even indicated that the phone will be capable of producing 100-megapixel images.
At MWC 2019, Cheng confirmed that the Lenovo Z6 Pro will launch in June. We speculate that the phone to be unveiled on April 23, but pricing and availability details should only be announced in June.
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