New Smartphones Launched in India in January-February 2019

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.

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Speaking of the 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 January-February 2019:

 

Samsung Galaxy M10

Samsung Galaxy M10
3GB, 32GB

2GB, 16GB

What’s good:
Well, here’s a first Samsung with a notch. Yes, the last giant has fallen to the notch mania. It’s also Samsung’s answer to the Huaweis and Xiaomis of the world. Those bezels are slim, no? The processor sits somewhere between a Snapdragon 625 and a MediaTek P22 (closer to the P22 than the 625)

 

What could have been better:
No fingerprint scanner for 9K? C’mon!!

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    163g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, TFT
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    16/32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 7870 Octa-core 1.6 GHz
  • GPU
    Mali-T830 MP1
  • RAM
    2/3GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.9, + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    5MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • No fingerprint scanner

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Huawei Honor 10 Lite

Huawei 10 Lite

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. Also, Android 9.0.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    162g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.8, + 2MP (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Nov, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Samsung Galaxy M20

Samsung galaxy m20
3GB, 32GB

4GB, 64GB

What’s good:
Well, here’s a first Samsung with a notch. Yes, the last giant has fallen to the notch mania. It’s also Samsung’s answer to the Huaweis and Xiaomis of the world. And hey, it’s got a fairly large battery. Also, those bezels are slim, no?

 

What could have been better:
Don’t let the nomenclature on that processor fool you. It’s worse off than the Exynos 7885. The performance of this processor would be closer to the Snapdragon 636. That’s not necessarily bad, but closer to what you’d expect in a 13k phone. Just letting you know.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, TFT
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 7904 Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz & 6×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G71 MP2
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.9, + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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Huawei View 20

Honor View 20

What’s good:
We heard some of you hate notches. How about a punch hole in the screen? Well that’s what you get with the Honor View 10 and we like it more than the notch. Also, this phone comes with the Kirin 980 which is built on 7nm fabrication. It consumes less energy and is obviously more powerful than the SD 845. Also, those 3 cameras on the pack aren’t showpieces. Then there’s Android 9.0 too and a decent sized battery. Lastly, the 48-megapixel camera on the pack seems to hold great promise. There’s a secondary 3D ToF camera on the back, but its use is limited to AR and gaming. Great.

 

What could have been better:
No, ladies and gentlemen. None.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2310 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz (A76) & 2×1.9 GHz (A76) & 4×1.8 GHz (A55)) Kirin 980
  • GPU
    Mali-G76 MP10
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor
  • Battery

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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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