New Smartphones Launched in India in November-December 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 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 November-December 2018:

 

Asus Zenfone Max M2

Asus ZenFone Max M2

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
HA more budget offering to Max Pro M2, this one comes with a more nimble (not shabby) processor. There’s a huge battery though and it’s capable of recording 2160p videos.

 

What could have been better:
We wish for a full HD screen resolution, but then, maybe that’s too much of an ask.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    160g
  • Display
    6.26 inch, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 632 Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz + 4×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.8, + 2MP (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Display

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Honor 8C

honor 8c

What’s good:
The 8C packs a Snapdragon 632, which sits somewhere in between the older 630 and the current 636. Good for this budget. It also comes equipped with a fairly large battery.

 

What could have been better:
We would have preferred a full HD+ display. C’mon Huawei.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    167g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 632 Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz + 4×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.8 + 2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Display

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Realme U1

realme U1

What’s good:
Realme has been on a roll. Their latest offering is touted as the best front camera ever! Uh, okay maybe not but we’re assuming it’d still be great. And hey, that processor seems pretty good for this budget.

 

What could have been better:
The storage and RAM options are not really the most competitive for the asking price.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MT P70 Octa-core (4×2.1GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    25MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Nov, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Front camera

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Here’s what’s changed since the Max Pro M1: The processor is class leading for this budget, the cameras have gotten better, and for better or for worse, there’s a notch. The 5,000mAh battery, 6GB RAM have always been to our liking.

 

What could have been better:
Seems like the prices have gone up.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.26 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz & 4×1.8GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    3/4/6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    13MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • RAM

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Redmi Note 6 Pro
4GB RAM

6GB RAM

What’s good:
The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes 8 months after its predecessor and manages to improve on the camera department mainly. It also gets a notch because every phone has it these days. We never really hated the storage options to begin with.

 

What could have been better:
For a successor to such a popular phone, much hasn’t changed. You still get the same processor and battery. The competition hasn’t been sitting idle exactly. Also, the hybrid slot, if that bothers you.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    182g
  • Display
    6.26 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    4GB/6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.9 + 5MP f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0 + 2 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Front camera
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Samsung Galaxy A9

Samsung Galaxy A9
6GB RAM

8GB RAM

What’s good:
And you thought two cameras on the rear were an overkill? How about four? No, they all don’t work on the same photo but serve different purposes. While the main camera does what it does, a second camera is for depth, the third one is a telephoto (zoom) and the fourth is an ultrawide (mostly for capturing landscapes). We also like the large storage and RAM options.

 

What could have been better:
The Snapdragon 660 for Rs 35k. Seriously? That’s a deal breaker even if the phone’s back had nothing but cameras. That’s the same processor as seen in some sub-20k phones.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    183g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    24 MP, f/1.7 + 8 MP, f/2.4 (ultrawide) + 10 MP f/2.4, (telephoto) + 5 MP, f/2.2 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,800mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Quad camera
  • Processor

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Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3

What’s good:
Year after year, the Pixel series produces the best camera phones in the market. Don’t be fooled by that missing second camera on the back. It’s still stunning.

 

What could have been better:
Just 4GB RAM? Why? Yes, it’s Pixel, but not really anything special worth 71k. Also, just 64GB storage that’s not even expandable.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    148g
  • Display
    5.5 inch, P-OLED
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz & 4×1.6 GHz) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12.2 MP, f/1.8, OIS, 1/2.55″ sensor
  • Secondary camera
    Dual 8 MP, f/1.8 + 8 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    2,915mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Overpriced
  • RAM
  • Non expandable memory
  • Single SIM

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

huawei mate 20 pro

What’s good:
Why is the Kirin 980 great? Because built on 7nm, it consumes less energy and is obviously more powerful then SD 845. Also, those 3 cameras on the pack aren’t showpieces. Then there’s Android 9.0 too and a decent sized battery. Great.

 

What could have been better:
Hard to swallow that price tag for a Huawei phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    189g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • 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
    40 MP, f/1.8 + 20 MP, f/2.2 + 8 MP, f/2.4, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,200mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor

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Asus ROG

Asus ROG

What’s good:
If PUBG or something else got you excited enough to get a gaming phone, ROG is godsend. It boasts a 90Hz display along with the latest Qualcomm has to offer. The battery size is decent too. Hey, did we mention the stereo speakers?

 

What could have been better:
Non expandable memory, no Android 9.0, and a no QHD+ display. Sigh!

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    200g
  • Display
    6.0 inch, AMOLED 90Hz
    1080 x 2160 pixels pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz & 4×1.6 GHz) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8, OIS, + 8MP
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Display
  • Stereo speakers
  • Battery
  • Video
  • Non expandable memory

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL

What’s good:
Year after year, the Pixel series produces the best camera phones in the market. Don’t be fooled by that missing second camera on the back. It’s still stunning.

 

What could have been better:
Just 4GB RAM? Why? Uh, ugly notch too. Yes, it’s Pixel, but not really anything special worth 92k.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    184g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, P-OLED
    1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz & 4×1.6 GHz) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12.2 MP, f/1.8, OIS, 1/2.55″ sensor
  • Secondary camera
    Dual 8 MP, f/1.8 + 8 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,430mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Overpriced
  • RAM
  • Non expandable memory
  • Single SIM

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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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