New Smartphones Launched in India in July-August 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.

Speaking of latest, also check the best phones in India with Android 8.0 and the best phones with 18:9 display (bezel-less) in India. So here are the most recently launched smartphones in India.

New smartphones launched in India in July-August 2018:

 

Moto E5

moto e5 plus

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 174g
  • Display resolution 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Display 5.7 inches IPS
  • Storage space 16GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 425 Octa core (1/4GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU Adreno 308
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Video 1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery 4,000 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • – RAM
  • – Memory
What’s good:
The E5 builds upon the success and reputation of its lineage as a mammoth powerhouse and brings a massive 4,000mAh battery to the table. Yep, that’s easily good enough for two days’ use.

 

What could have been better:
Snapdragon 425 at this price? The least they could have put in there could have been a Snapdragon 435. Again, 2GB RAM and 16 gigs of memory at 10k isn’t great value for money. It’s a cruel joke. Given the history of this series, we’re not expecting Android 9 in the future either.

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Moto E5 Plus

moto e5 plus

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 197g
  • Display resolution 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Display 6 inches
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 425 Octa core (1/4GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU Adreno 308
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Video 1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery 5,000 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
What’s good:
The E5 Plus builds upon the success and reputation of its lineage as a mammoth powerhouse and brings a massive 5,000mAh battery to the table. Yep, that’s easily good enough for two days’ use.

 

What could have been better:
We wish it came with a full HD display instead at the asking price. Also, Snapdragon 425 at this price? The least they could have put in there could have been a Snapdragon 435. Again, 3GB RAM and 32 gigs of memory at 12k isn’t great value for money. Maybe Moto needs to realize that it’s not Samsung. Given the history of this series, we’re not expecting Android 9 in the future either.


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Huawei Honor 9N

Honor 9N
3GB RAM, 32GB

4GB RAM, 64GB

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 149g
  • Display resolution 2280  x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.84 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 3/4GB
  • Camera 13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 16MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
What’s good:
The Honor 9N comes with loaded with dual cameras on the back. The front camera seems nice too.

 

What could have been better:
Another rehash of the same phone. Honor needs to realize it can’t keep on making cosmetic changes to its phone and keep on releasing the same tech every two months. Kirin 659 is an old horse that should be rested. This phone is practically the same as Honor 9i, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X, give or take a few minor differences.

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Huawei Honor Play

Honor 9N

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 176g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Display 6.3 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4GHz A73 & 4×1.8GHzA53)
  • GPU Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM 4/6GB
  • Camera 16MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 16MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,750mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
What’s good:
The Honor Play sports a flagship processor and comes with other great goodies like up to 6GB RAM and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the hybrid slot?

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Huawei nova 3i

honor nova 3i

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 169g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Display 6.3 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 24MP + 2MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,340mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Processor
  • + Storage
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
What’s good:
We’re so glad Huawei decided to release a mid-range phone with a new processor instead of an ancient one. Also, love the fact that it comes with 128GB storage space and dual cameras both back and front

 

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

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VIVO X21

VIVO X21

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 156g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Display 6.28 inch, AMOLED
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260) Snapdragon 660
  • GPU Adreno 512
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera Dual 12MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera 12MP, f/2.0
  • Video 1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery 3,200mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.1
  • + Internal memory
  • + In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • + RAM
  • – Processor
What’s good:
What makes the VIVO X21 stand out is the fact that it comes with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, something even Samsung or Apple haven’t achieved. The phone also comes loaded with tons of RAM and memory.

 

What could have been better:
Snapdragon 660 is no match for the Snapdragon 835 or 845. The camera lacks OIS, which is disappointing in this budget. Consider this a good buy close to 30k instead.

 


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OPPO Find X

OPPO Find X

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 186g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2340pixels
  • Display 6.4 inch, AMOLED
  • Storage space 256GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU Adreno 630
  • RAM 8GB
  • Camera Dual 16 MP f/2.0, 1/2.6″, OIS + 20 MP f/2.0, 1/2.8″
  • Secondary camera 25 MP (f/2.0)
  • Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@240fps rear
  • Battery 3,750mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + 100% charge in 35 minutes
  • + Near-zero bezel
  • + Internal memory
  • + RAM
  • – Display resolution
What’s good:
Beautiful things don’t come cheap, even if made in China. The Find X has found a remarkable solution to the notch and looks simply gorgeous both front and back. It’s been packed with the latest bells and whistles you could ask for and is a complete package.

 

What could have been better:
The display resolution at the asking price should have been 2k. Kinda overpriced too.

 


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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 205g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Display 6.4 inch, sAMOLED
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz & 4×1.8 GHz) Exynos 9810
  • GPU Mali-G72 MP18
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera Dual 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, OIS + 12 MP, f/2.4, OIS
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/1.7
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Camera
  • + Storage
  • + Battery
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Note 9 is Samsung’s best phone to date and comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a top of the line flagship product. Many would appreciate the large screen and the S-Pen that comes along. It also features 6GB RAM, 128GB massive storage, variable aperture lens, and an appreciable 4,000mAh battery.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 


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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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