In the first quarter of 2017 is filled with lots of cool smartphones. Whereas in the second quarter of this year, other smartphones are yet to be released. This month, number of affordable and flagship smartphones are lined up for launch.
#1) Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL
Google has confirmed the launch of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on the 4th of October. Both these smartphones are going to be the first ones in the world to run the latest Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Being the successors to first-gen Pixel phones, Pixel 2 is being expected to cost $649 (around Rs. 43,000) and the base variant of the Pixel 2 XL will cost $849 (around Rs. 56,000).
The Pixel 2 will be made by HTC with an almost same design as the first-gen Pixel devices. It will feature the latest Active Edge technology similar to the Edge Sense on HTC U11. Pixel 2 XL will be made by LG featuring their Full Vision display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a Quad HD OLED panel. Both the devices will be powered by Snapdragon 835 clubbed with 4GB of RAM.
Xiaomi launched the Mi MIX 2 and Mi Note 3 around two weeks ago, in China. The company confirmed the imminent launch of the Mi MIX 2 in the Indian market. Though there is no exact date announced, the Mi Mix 2 is expected to launch this month.
The smartphone has 5.99” bezel-less display with a 18:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) resolution. Though touted as bezelless, it does have a small chin at the bottom of the display. The Mi MIX 2 offers a clean look with the non-existent bezels and optional ceramic body. It carries a Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. For photography, there is a 12MP shooter at the back with a 4-axis OIS. The 5MP front camera is unusually placed at the bottom of the screen due to absence of bezel at the top. It also features facial recognition.
#3) Motorola Moto X4
The launch day of Motorola Moto X4 is on 3rd October in India. The Indian price and local availability of Moto X4 will be revealed on the launch day.
The Moto X4 will sport a 5.2 inch Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels, IPS display and will get powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor. The Moto X4 will come with a dual-camera set up (12MP + 8MP) at the rear. Up front there is a 16 MP front shooter with f/2.0 aperture and LED selfie flash. It will pack in a 3,000mAh battery and support ‘TurboPower’ fast charging technology. The device is IP68 certified with water and dust resistance.
#4) Honor 9
Honor has already launched their new flagship smartphone, Honor 9 in China. It was rumored to launch in the Indian market in August. Now it is expected to go official in the country within the next few weeks. In the past, Honor 8 and it’s versions have experienced good response from Indian smartphone users.
Honor 9 will carry the same Aluminum frame and light-catching glass finish like its predecessors. It will feature a physical home button up front with an embedded fingerprint sensor. It will sport a 5.15” full HD, 1920 x 1080, display with 2.5D curved glass on top. It will be powered by 2.4GHz Kirin s960 octa core processor coupled with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of onboard storage. The front camera is an 8.0-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture. At the back, there is dual camera setup (20MP + 12MP) with Laser auto focus, PDAF and dual tone LED flash.
#5) Apple iPhone X
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are already available for pre-orders bundled with some great launch offers. Though the all-screen iPhone X will make it’s way in the country in November, the pre-orders will begin from 27th of October, while the sales will go live from 2nd of November. In India, the 64GB version is expected to cost Rs. 87,000 and the 256GB variant will cost Rs. 1,02,000.
The new iPhone X will forego the Touch ID for a full bezel-less front. Instead, it will introduce an all-new Face ID for security. Like the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X will be wrapped in a glass body with support for wireless charging. This smartphone is IP67 certified, making it resistant to dust and water. iPhone X will be powered by Apple’s latest A11 Bionic hexa-core SoC integrated with a dedicated Neural engine. At the back the smartphone will carry two 12MP wide-angle and telephoto sensors with 2X Optical Zoom, Portrait Lighting, Dual OIS and Quad LED flash.
#6) Nokia 8
Nokia 8 variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage is expected to launch on October 20. The higher variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage was officially confirmed by the new Nokia owners, HMD Global. The price starts from 36,999.
The device sports a 5.3 inch Quad HD display. Under the hood it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Soc. It comes with three 13MP shooters, of which two are at the back and one is at the front. The dual 13MP rear setup has one RGB sensor and another is a monochrome sensor. The main shooter has an f/2.0 aperture, optimal stabilization.