The Premium/Flagship segment of the Indian Mobile market has seen frantic activity in the past few weeks. With Samsung Galaxy S9+, Huawei P20 Pro, Honor 10, and OnePlus 6 having arrived, the battle of the heavyweights for 2018 is well and truly on.
Now, let us shift our attention to the soon expected launches in the mid and entry level segments by 3 major players in the Indian Smartphone scene ~ Xiaomi, Samsung, and Nokia. We’ll check out what seems credible keeping in mind the usual leaks circulating in the cyber space.
Xiaomi Mi 6X A2 Mi 7 Mi 8 Mi Mix 2S Redmi S2 Y2
Xiaomi is India’s Number 1 Smartphone brand and the Chinese major is celebrating its 8th Anniversary in Shenzhen, China on May 31st, 2018. There is lots of excitement surrounding this annual event and the company has promised that more than one new launches will take place on this day. There have been a lot of leaks on the Internet regarding the Mi 7. Now, there is speculation that the company may forego this model/name and instead launch the Mi 8 in order to coincide with the 8th Anniversary of its founding.
Mi 8 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and have 6 GB of RAM. It will also sport an under-display Fingerprint Sensor and will be the first Smartphone to feature 3D Facial Sensing. The Mi Mix 2S has been launched in different countries around the world and has been earning praise for its fast and silky smooth performance. It has a 5.99 inch FHD+ IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 2160 * 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz and there are 2 RAM variants ~ 6 GB and 8 GB. As far as ROM is concerned you can choose from 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. The operating system is MIUI 9.5 which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The Selfie camera is 5 MP and there are 2 cameras at the rear, both 12 MP. The Mi Mix 2S is powered by a 3,400 mAh fast charging battery with the quick-charge feature. The expected price in India is around Rupees 35,000 (64 GB), Rupees 38,000 (128 GB), and Rupees 42,000 (256 GB).
Redmi S2 featuring an AI Selfie camera has been launched in China and is expected to reach India in the form of Redmi Y2. It is powered by the Qualcomm 625 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU. The screen is 5.99 inch HD+. It has a 16 MP Selfie camera with LED Flash and a dual 12 MP + 5 MP rear camera setup. There are 2 variants of this Mobile ~ 3 GB + 32 GB and 4 GB + 64 GB. The colours available are Platinum Silver, Rose Gold, and Champagne Gold. The Mi 6X has also been launched in the Chinese market and its Indian name is supposed to be Mi A2. The Mi Band 3 is also rumoured to be among the new products which will be launched at the Shenzhen meet. Learned Readers, Xiaomi India has scheduled a Redmi Smartphone launch on 7th June which will take place in New Delhi. More details will emerge then.
Samsung Galaxy J4 J6 Note 9 A6 A6+
Samsung India has scheduled a launch event on May 21st, 2018 and the expected new arrivals are the Galaxy J4, Galaxy J6, Galaxy A6, and Galaxy A6+. Some sites have reported Galaxy J6+ as well. The Galaxy J4 (2018) is expected to be priced below the under Rupees 10,000 mark. Galaxy J6 is expected to be launched in two variants ~ the expected price for the 3 GB variant is Rupees 12,990 and the 4 GB model will cost you Rupees 15,990.
The A6+ is expected to be priced between Rupees 25,000 and 30,000. The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be launched in the month of July. The launch has been preponed by a month due to poor Galaxy S9 sales. Dear Readers, I will monitor the Samsung India launch event and present before you the information regarding the new launches.
Nokia 2 3 5 (2018) X5 X6 X7
Nokia X6 has been launched in the Middle Kingdom and is expected to land on the Indian shores soon. This happens to be the first Nokia Smartphone with a Notch. It has a 5.8 inch FHD+ screen with an aspect ratio of 2280 * 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The engine under the hood is Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC. RAM 4/6 GB and ROM 32/64 GB. The operating system is Android 8.1 and as far as the camera setup is concerned the Selfie camera is 16 MP while the dual rear cameras are 16 MP and 5 MP. Expected price in India between Rupees 14,000 and 18,000 for the different RAM/ROM variants.
Nokia 5 (2018) aka X5 and X7 are expected to be launched globally after the X6. A Nokia launch event has been scheduled for May 29th, 2018 at Moscow, Russia. According to industry sources the Finnish Telecom Giant will announce refreshes of Nokia 2, 3, and 5 on that day. I hope you are aware that Nokia is Digitizing 500 villages under the Smartpur project. Our good wishes are with Nokia’s future operations in India.