We have seen multiple smartphones stalled in the pipeline because of the lockdown. While some companies have postponed the announcements of new products that were expected, a few others have gone ahead with their launches but won’t be able to begin selling these products until the government announces clear guidelines for the lockdown to lift.
Here are some of the most interesting and exciting phones that you’ll be able to get your hands on soon after lockdown.With India under lockdown on account of COVID-19, shopping online and deliveries for everything other than essentials has been put on hold.
People are being asked to stay home and head out only in case of an emergency.While we know about some of these new products and the prices they have been launched at,
- Apple iPhone SE (2020)
- OnePlus 8 / OnePlus 8 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Realme Narzo 10 / Narzo 10A
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
- Motorola Razr
- Huawei P40 series
- Vivo V19
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Apple launched the iPhone SE (2020) internationally while we were in lockdown, and announced its pricing in India as well. Starting at Rs. 42,500, it will get a lot of attention when it does go on sale here, but we don’t know exactly when that will be.
The design is virtually identical to that of the iPhone 8 which follows a similar design to the iPhone 6 going as far back as 2014. It has huge bezels above and below the display. It also misses out on FaceID and a few other modern features.
The internals of the device are very powerful. It packs the Apple A13 Bionic processor (the same as the iPhone 11 series). The powerful hardware and the relatively low price make the Apple iPhone SE 2020 worth looking forward to.
OnePlus 8 / OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus announced the OnePlus 8 series. OnePlus has once again bumped the price up for its smartphones. The OnePlus 8 starts at Rs. 41,999 while the OnePlus 8 Pro starts at Rs. 54,999. These prices are lower than OnePlus’ US pricing.
Both phones in the OnePlus 8 series sport punch-hole displays. The OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, and support 5G connectivity. These devices also pack multi-camera setups and run the latest version of OxygenOS on Android 10. With prices higher, it remains to be seen if they will pack the same punch as previous OnePlus models.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S10 series to the S20 series, and also introduced a new top model, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ managed to go on sale just before the lockdown, the Galaxy S20 Ultra had to be held back.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the best that Samsung has to offer in the market. It packs the powerful Exynos 990 SoC and has a big 6.9-inch QHD+ display. It has 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It also packs a quad-camera setup at the back with its signature feature, a 108-megapixel primary camera.
Realme Narzo 10 / Narzo 10A
Realme’s Narzo series has been in the news as the company had to push its launch plans ahead not once but two times. Realme wants to get these smartphones into the market and we are curious to get them ourselves. The Narzo 10 and the Narzo 10A are said to be affordable smartphones and their prices are tipped to be under Rs. 15,000.
The Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A are rumoured to sport the MediaTek Helio G80 and Helio G70 SoCs respectively. Both phones are also tipped to pack 5,000mAh batteries.
Xiaomi Mi 10
Xiaomi has been releasing Redmi smartphones in the country, Xiaomi Mi 5 was the last phone from this particular series to come to the Indian market. Xiaomi did set March 31st as the launch date for the Mi 10 in India.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and sports 8GB of RAM. It also packs a quad-camera setup at the back with a 108-megapixel primary camera. We are looking forward to this phone post the lockdown, as it will be interesting to see how Xiaomi prices it.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Xiaomi launch the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in the country, The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC and a quad-camera setup at the back. It also packs in a massive 5,020mAh battery and supports 33W fast charging.
MI Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will be priced starting at Rs. 14,999 which seems like an excellent price for that hardware.
The new Motorola Razr 2019 was launched internationally late last year. It took its time to come to the Indian market, but it hasn’t been able to go on sale yet because of the lockdown. The new Motorola Razr has a foldable display and a design that’ll remind you of the iconic original. At Rs. 1,24,999, it will be one of the most expensive smartphones to go on sale in India.
Vivo had set March 26 as the launch date for the Vivo V19, and that was then pushed to April 3. Vivo did launch the smartphone in international markets, The Snapdragon 712 SoC isn’t too exciting, this phone does sport a hole-punch with dual front cameras at the front and a quad-camera setup at the back. It also gets Vivo’s new Funtouch OS 10 on top of Android 10.
Huawei P40 series
Huawei has launched the Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and the P40 Pro+ internationally and it looks like the company wants to launch these products in India. Huawei has already listed the Huawei P40 and the Huawei P40 Pro on its website. These smartphones are powered by the Kirin 990 5G SoC and will run EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10. Both smartphones have 8GB of RAM. The smaller P40 comes with 128GB of storage while the P40 Pro gets 256GB of storage.
The Huawei P40 has a triple camera setup while the P40 Pro has a quad-camera setup. Both have the same 50-megapixel primary camera sensor. Huawei hasn’t set a launch date for India yet, but we can expect these devices to hit the market soon after the lockdown.
It’s very likely that many companies also have other plans and that many other models which haven’t even been teased yet were supposed to have launched by now. Several new models from Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, and others this month, but everything will have to wait a few weeks longer. Which of these smartphones are you looking forward to the most?
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