New Smartphones Launched in India in September-October 2018

When looking for a smartphone, most of us prefer to get our hands on the latest models. Not only do these come with the latest technology, but also guarantee a longer support cycle by the manufacturers in terms of software and security updates. And with a number of launches happening every month now, we’ve put together the list of the new smartphones launched in India in the last 30-60 days. The pros and cons mentioned below are for their respective price budgets.

4GB RAM, 18:9 displays, and Android 8.0 are the norm now, while 6GB RAM, 128GB memory, and Android 9.0 are the standout features.

Speaking of latest, also check the best phones in India with Android 9.0. So here are the most recently launched smartphones in India.

New Smartphones Launched in India in September-October 2018:

 

RealMe C1

Realme C1

What’s good:
Seems like Oppo has decided to give Xiaomi a run for its money. After RealMe 2 Pro here’s another great challenger for Rs 7,000. The C1 offers a great processor seen in phones around 12k, dual cameras, and a large battery. Android 8.1 complete the package and there’s a notch too if you prefer having one.

 

What could have been better:
No 3GB RAM variant :(.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1520 x 720 pixels
  • Storage space
    16GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 450 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Camera
    Dual 13 MP, f/2.2, + 2 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    5 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
  • Battery
    4,230mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Android 8.1
  • Dual camera
  • Battery

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Xiaomi Redmi 6A

redmi 6a

What’s good:
While we’re sad that there’s no 3GB variant, like for like, the Redmi 6A is a significant improvement over the Redmi 5A, especially on the processor front. It also comes with Android 8.1 out of the box which is great.

 

What could have been better:
No 3GB RAM variant :(. And there’s no fingerprint scanner either.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    145g
  • Display resolution
    1440 x 720
  • Display
    5.45 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    16GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Helio A22 MT6765 Quad-core 2.0 GHz (A53)
  • GPU
    IMG PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    5MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jun, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Android 8.1
  • Fingerprint scanner

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Honor 7S

Honor 7S

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    142g
  • Display resolution
    720 x 1440 pixels
  • Display
    5.45 inches IPS
  • Storage space
    16GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Mediatek MT6739 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU
    PowerVR GE8100
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Camera
    13MP
  • Secondary camera
    5MP
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,020 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G LTE
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 8.1
What’s good:
Well, the Honor 7S comes with Android 8.1 out of the box, so that’s great. It seems like a jack of all trades to us, yet masters none. The processor is better than the 6737 everyone else seems to carry but slightly below the Snapdragon 425.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing for the asking price.

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Xiaomi Redmi 6

Redmi 6

What’s good:
If you were getting a feeling that the Redmi 5 is rather old, you connected a nerve with Xiaomi since the all-new Redmi 6 is here. What’s changed is a dual camera on the back, Android 8.1, and a slightly smaller display.

 

What could have been better:
There’s a hybrid SIM slot. Also, the processor seems like a downgrade on the SD 450 seen on the Redmi 5. Lastly, is it just us or have the bezels grown thicker?

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    146g
  • Display resolution
    720 x 1440
  • Display
    5.45 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    MediaTek MT6762 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex (A53)
  • GPU
    PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM
    3GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/2.2 + 5MP f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    5MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Jun, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 8
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Nokia 5.1 Plus

Nokia 5.1

What’s good:
The Nokia 5.1 Plus is among the more affordable Nokia phones with a notch. We like the fact that it comes equipped with a fairly powerful processor and has decent overall specs for the asking price even if they are not the leading ones in this budget.

 

What could have been better:
We’d have preferred a full HD display for the asking price and a dedicated memory card slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    160g
  • Display
    5.8 inches, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    MediaTek P60 Octa-core (4×2.0GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.0 + 5MP
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,060 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Display
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

mi 6 pro

What’s good:
Uh, the battery.

 

What could have been better:
We’re not sure why this phone exists. Maybe to please Amazon since the Redmi Note 5 is available with Flipkart. It’s not a bad phone, just that it doesn’t sit anywhere in the lineup. Consider this a very minor update to the Note 5 (dual camera primarily) and that’s pretty much it.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    178
  • Display resolution
    1080 x 2160
  • Display
    5.84 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP + 5MP
  • Secondary camera
    5 MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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Huawei 8X

honor 8x

What’s good:
Finally a sub-15k phone from Huawei that comes with a brand new processor. The Kirin 710 is a massive upgrade over the Kirin 659 and is on par with the Snapdragon 660. However, the Mali GPU is weaker compared to the one found on the 660. Although, built on 12nm fabrication, it should be less power hungry. Given the competition in this budget is SD636, the processor is definitely a plus. The phone also has a respectable battery and a likable design. The 6GB RAM variant of course, adds more RAM and memory.

 

What could have been better:
We will let you know once we find out.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.5 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    20MP (f/1.8) + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • RAM

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Oppo RealMe 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

8GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
Notches are ugly, but smaller ones do help. Luckily the newest RealMe comes with a teardrop notch to give you enough screen area on the top. Oppo has also packed this phone with as much specs as it possibly could and the result is a phone that is miles ahead of anything in this budget. Great processor, ample storage, 8GB RAM, do we even need flagships anymore?

 

What could have been better:
Find us one and we’ll call you out.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    174g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    16MP, f/1.7 + 2MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor

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Moto One Power

Moto One Power

What’s good:
While the G6 series was slightly disappointing, Motorola seems to be coming back into the game. The Moto One Power has a lot of things going for it, including a decent processor, enough RAM and storage, promising cameras, and a large battery of course.

 

What could have been better:
We’ll reserve our judgement for now.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    198g
  • Display
    6.2 inches, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 Octa-core 1.8 GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 16 MP, f/1.8 + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    12 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    5,000 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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Moto G6 Plus

moto g6 plus

What’s good:
The RAM. That’s it.

 

What could have been better:
So Motorola lost the plot with the Moto G6 series. No, the phones aren’t bad, they’re just ridiculously overpriced. Consider this phone for instance. You’ll find the same specs in decent brands for under 20k.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    167 g
  • Display
    5.9 inches, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 630 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU
    Adreno 508
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.7 + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,200 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Processor

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

galaxy a6+

What’s good:
So, Samsung decided to beat the Chinese players by making a phone with a triple camera on the back. How good is it you ask? The early reviews say there’s enough details in the pics, but how much of that third camera helps, isn’t exactly known at this moment. We wouldn’t be surprised if its a gimmick more than anything.

 

What could have been better:
That processor performs worse than a Snapdragon 636. Also, for 24k, 4GB RAM seems like a little less honestly.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6-inch, IPS
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Exynos 7885
  • GPU
    Mali-G71 GPU
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    24 MP, f/1.7 + 8 MP, f/2.4 + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Triple cameras
  • Processor

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Vivo V11

Vivo V11

What’s good:
Hate notches but also need no bezels? Maybe the Vivo V11 would ease your pain as it comes with a minimal teardrop notch that’s noticeably smaller than those seen in competitor phones. We also like the RAM and a decent processor for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
That’s hard to find for the moment.
  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    164g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MediTek P60 octa-core 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/2.0 + 5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,315mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM

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Vivo V11 Pro

vivo v11

What’s good:
Hate notches but also need no bezels? Maybe the Vivo V11 would ease your pain as it comes with a minimal teardrop notch that’s noticeably smaller than those seen in competitor phones. It also stands out thanks to its in-screen fingerprint scanner. We also like the storage, RAM, and a decent processor for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
That’s hard to find for the moment.
  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    156g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner

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Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

What’s good:
It’s an iPhone and the best one at that. Why? Because it has a processor Android doesn’t have an answer to. Finally, a dual SIM iPhone. The cameras will be great too, no doubt about that.

 

What could have been better:
Have you seen the price of this thing? Also, the second dual SIM slot is an eSIM slot. The Indian telcos need to support it first, which won’t happen at launch. Also, you’re paying one lakh rupees for 64GB space.

 

  • OS
    iOS 12
  • Weight
    177g
  • Display resolution
    1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Display
    5.8-inch, S AMOLED
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Apple A12 Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
  • GPU
    Apple GPU
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.8, OIS + 12 MP, f/2.4, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    7MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@60FPS 1080p@240FPS rear
  • Battery
    2,658mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Video
  • Processor
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Internal storage
  • Price

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Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS

What’s good:
It’s an iPhone and the best one at that. Why? Because it has a processor Android doesn’t have an answer to. Finally, a dual SIM iPhone. The cameras will be great too, no doubt about that.

 

What could have been better:
Have you seen the price of this thing? That too just for 64 gigs of storage. Also, the second dual SIM slot is an eSIM slot. The Indian telcos need to support it first, which won’t happen at launch.

 

  • OS
    iOS 12
  • Weight
    208g
  • Display resolution
    1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Display
    6.5-inch, S AMOLED
    1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Apple A12 Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
  • GPU
    Apple GPU
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.8, OIS + 12 MP, f/2.4, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    7MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@60FPS 1080p@240FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,174mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Video
  • Processor
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Internal storage
  • Price

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above, we’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture), (OIS-if present), (sensor size). Generally speaking, bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means smaller number in the denominator, the bigger the aperture or sensor size is. For example, f/1.9 is a bigger aperture and than f/2.0. Also 1/2.2″ is a bigger sensor than, say, 1/2.6″. A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images. It also produces a better brokeh. Also, OIS refers to optical image stabilization, which helps in reducing blur.

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