This year, October wasn’t only full of festivals, but the smartphone companies also celebrated a lot with their latest releases coming out in the month. At the beginning of the month, we got to see the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL which was soon followed by OnePlus 6T. We also got to see phones like Honor 8X, Nokia 3.1 Plus and the most affordable iPhone XR in this year’s line-up releasing in India in October. With this on-going trend, we are predicting that November might be a similar month too for the phone launches since with the talks of so many handsets surfacing on the internet, we speculate that there are going to releases happening left, right and centre.
Biggest names among these devices would be the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, which the OEM recently launched in some markets. This new phone is expected to be priced under Rs 20,000. However, Vivo is plotting to deliver a blow to Xiaomi with its new release of the Y95 which will probably be priced around the Rs 15,000 mark. Huawei is also going to launch its Mate 20 Pro in India late in November. With so many titles awaiting their launches in the current month, we decided to compile a list of these devices which you should definitely look ahead for.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
Only recently, Xiaomi launched its latest device, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro in China and Thailand. Now the company is eyeing India as its next destination for officially launching the phone. According to the speculations and guesses, the Redmi Note 6 Pro could most likely be priced around the same price point as its predecessor with a cost in the proximity of the Rs 14,999 marker. The phone is also going to be the first Redmi phone and even the one under Rs 20,000 to come with four cameras. The Redmi Note 6 Pro definitely brings the most improvement in the camera and imaging department. The phone also comes with a notched display and narrow bezels. Furthermore, Manu Kumar Jain, the Director at Xiaomi India also hinted on Twitter that the company would be launching a Redmi device in India.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Chinese brand had launched the Kirin 980-powered device alongside the Huawei Mate 20, last month in London. The phone has been a highly praised one thanks to its top end specifications and features, and we are sure that Huawei will be betting on the Indian market for some traction for its latest launch. As such, Huawei has already hinted towards the launch of the Mate 20 Pro in India. However, we are yet to hear about a definite date for the launch of the phone. As for the pricing, the London launch of the phone revealed the Mate 20 Pro with a price tag of EUR 1,049 or approximately Rs 88,400 which is the price for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model.
HMD Global has been launching many phones lately. Joining the leagues of the recently launched Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus will be the Nokia 7.1 which is slated to launch late in November in India. Although there are no specific details about this from the company yet, we believe that the phone might launch on November 28.
The Nokia 7.1 fashions a design which is similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus and it comes with the Snapdragon 636 SoC. We expect the Nokia 7.1 to be priced around the Rs 20,000 price tag. Also, the phone comes with Zeiss optics lens with 12MP+5MP camera configuration on the rear side. HMD is also rumoured to launch the Nokia 8.1 in India alongside the Nokia 7.1.
Vivo has mostly been betting on its V series in India; however, now the company is possibly shifting its strategy by launching the Y95. We expect the phone to launch in November last week and with a budget price tag which will be under Rs 15,000. This phone is probably being released by Vivo to take on the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro. The handset will be a successor to the previous Y83 by Vivo, and it will come with a waterdrop styled notch making it the first phone under Rs 15,000 to come with a similar teardrop notch design.
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
It was in Kuala Lumpur when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A9 (2018) edition. The highlight of the phone is its quad camera setup on the rear side. Also, the phone was revealed to bear a price tag of 599 euros meaning an approximate price tag of Rs 51,300. After that launch, there had been rumours of Samsung planning to release the phone in India later this month. We definitely expect Samsung to launch the new Galaxy A9 2018 towards the end of November. When it comes to camera and imaging, we get to see a 24MP main sensor with a f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide lens which comes with f/2.4 aperture, another 10MP telephoto lens offering 2x optical zoom and lastly a 5MP depth sensor. There is also a 24MP selfie snapper on the front side of the Galaxy A9 2018. It’s said that Samsung will take on OnePlus 6T with the pricing of the Galaxy A9 (2018) in India.
Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.