July was a whirlwind of new smartphone launches, but the excitement doesn’t stop there – August promises even more intriguing releases!
The month of July was action-packed, witnessing a flurry of smartphone launches not only in India but across the globe. With brands like Samsung, Motorola, and Nothing making headlines, a diverse array of phones emerged, spanning various price ranges and designs. As August approaches, the anticipation builds for the arrival of the next wave of smartphones in India. In this article, we’ll delve into what to expect from the upcoming smartphone launches.
1. iQOO Z7 Pro: The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Competitor
iQOO has already made its mark with the Neo 7 Pro, and the excitement continues with the upcoming iQOO Z7 Pro. Set to rival the OnePlus Nord CE 3, which was unveiled in July and is slated for August release, the Z7 Pro is expected to capture the market’s attention.
The confirmed information from iQOO hints at a curved display featuring a central punch-hole selfie camera cutout. Leaked sources suggest that the Z7 Pro will make its Indian debut in the second week of August, boasting a 6.78-inch FHD+ panel with an impressive 120Hz refresh rate.
Under the hood, the Z7 Pro will house the Snapdragon 782G SoC, the same chipset as its OnePlus counterpart. The phone will offer up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and a maximum of 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. Its rear camera system will consist of a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP tertiary sensor. On the front, a 16MP selfie sensor takes the spotlight.
Fueling the device is a 5000mAh battery with support for 66W fast charging. Biometric security comes courtesy of an in-display fingerprint sensor, while audio quality receives a boost with a stereo speaker setup. The device will run on FunTouch OS 13, based on Android 13, with a promise of 2 years of OS upgrades. The iQOO Z7 Pro will offer two variants: the 8GB + 128GB model priced at Rs 23,999, and the 12GB + 256GB model priced at Rs 25,999.
2. Vivo V29 Series: A Reimagining of S17 Series
The Vivo V29 series is set to make its entrance in the coming month. Sources indicate that this series will be a reimagined version of the S17 series that made its debut in China earlier this year. Leaks suggest a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, boasting a peak brightness of 1300 nits and a 120Hz refresh rate, complemented by an in-display optical fingerprint scanner.
Running on the Snapdragon 778G+ processor, the Vivo V29 series might offer up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. With a 4505mAh battery capable of 80W charging, connectivity options encompass 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.3, GPS/A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port.
Notably, the Vivo V29 Lite 5G from this series has already premiered on the international stage. While the exact launch timeline for these smartphones remains undisclosed, they are anticipated to hit the Indian market sometime in August.
3. Infinix GT 10 Series: Gaming-Centric Design and Performance
Infinix is poised to shake up the upper-budget smartphone segment in India with the introduction of the Infinix GT 10 series on August 3, 2023. The brand has already unveiled the complete specifications and design of the Pro model ahead of the launch, offering a design reminiscent of Nothing Phone (2), featuring LED light strips on the back. This bold design choice appears to cater to the gaming community’s aesthetic preferences.
Under the hood, the Infinix GT 10 Pro boasts a 6.67-inch full-HD+ 10-bit AMOLED display, sporting a 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch sampling rate. The triple rear camera setup includes an OIS-enabled 108-megapixel f/1.8 main camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. The front-facing camera features a 32-megapixel f/2.4 lens.
Driving performance is the Dimensity 8050 SoC, paired with up to 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. A 5000mAh battery with 45W fast charging support keeps the device powered. Other features include an in-display optical fingerprint sensor, dual stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, GPS, and a USB-C port.
4. Redmi 12 and Redmi 12 5G: Affordable Powerhouses
Xiaomi’s sub-brand, Redmi, is gearing up to launch its budget-oriented smartphones in India, aptly named the Redmi 12 series, on August 1, 2023. Leaks suggest that the Redmi 12 4G will offer variants with 4GB/128GB and 6GB/128GB configurations, starting at Rs 9,999. Meanwhile, the Redmi 12 5G is expected to come in 6GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB variants, with potential pricing starting at Rs 13,999.
Out of the duo, the Redmi 12 was initially unveiled in Thailand in June. Its key features include a 6.79-inch IPS LCD FHD+ display with a peak brightness of 550 nits, a 70% NTSC color gamut, and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. Powering the device is the MediaTek Helio G88 chipset. On the other hand, the Redmi 12 5G is expected to retain most specifications from its 4G counterpart, with the exception of the chip, which might be the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2.
5. Moto G14: Expanding Motorola’s Budget Lineup
In July, Motorola introduced its premium offering, the Razr 40 Ultra, in India. August brings the expansion of its budget-friendly lineup with the Motorola Moto G14. The launch of the Moto G14 aligns with the Redmi 12 series launch on August 1, scheduled for 12 PM.
Pre-launch revelations on Flipkart have already provided insights into the smartphone’s design, color options, and specifications. The device will be available in Blue and Grey color variants.
The Moto G14 features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with FHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. Powered by the Unisoc T616 processor, it arrives with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage, expandable up to 1TB. The device sports a 50MP main camera sensor with f/1.8 aperture on the back, along with a secondary sensor. Selfie enthusiasts can enjoy an 8MP front-facing camera.
Fueling the device is a 5,000mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. It operates on Android 13 out of the box and is promised an upgrade to Android 14, along with 3 years of security updates. The Moto G14 boasts stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and retains the convenience of a headphone jack. Connectivity features include 4G, GPS, Bluetooth 5.1, and a USB-C port. The device is also rated IP52 for added durability.
6. Tecno Pova 5 Series: New Horizons for Tecno
Tecno is set to unveil its Pova 5 series in India and globally in August, ushering in new horizons for the brand. The Pova 5 series follows the earlier launch of the Pova 5 in June, equipped with a 6.78-inch IPS LCD display boasting an FHD+ resolution of 1080×2460 pixels, a 120Hz refresh rate, the Helio G99 processor, dual rear cameras, a 6000mAh battery with 45W charging, Android 13, and more.
While details about the Pro model remain scarce, confirmed reports highlight LED lights adorning the back, taking inspiration from the design language of Nothing. Although no launch date has been officially disclosed, it’s anticipated that these devices will make their debut in the month of August.
7. OnePlus Open: A New Horizon for Foldable Smartphones
The highly anticipated OnePlus Open foldable smartphone is poised to make its grand entrance on August 29, 2023, as indicated by a recent leak. This launch marks OnePlus’s foray into the foldable smartphone arena, currently dominated by Samsung. Leaked information has already given us insights into the device’s specifications and design.
According to the leak, the handset features a 6.3-inch cover display with a 120Hz AMOLED panel. Unfolding the device reveals a spacious 7.8-inch AMOLED screen with a 2K resolution and a matching 120Hz refresh rate.
Under the hood, the OnePlus Open relies on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, coupled with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The foldable phone draws power from a 4,800mAh battery, supporting rapid 67W charging. OxygenOS 13.1, based on Android 13, ensures smooth functionality.
8. Poco M6 Series: The Journey Continues
Poco, following the success of its previous devices, is gearing up for the launch of its M6 series in August. Although the exact moniker remains under wraps, the brand’s move to the ‘6’ series promises exciting innovations. Recent leaks indicate that the Poco M6 Pro 5G could potentially mirror the Redmi Note 12R’s specs, marking a significant stride for the brand.
This implies that the Poco M6 Pro 5G might sport a 6.79-inch IPS LCD FHD+ display with a peak brightness of 550 nits, a 70% NTSC color gamut, and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. Performance might be driven by the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 chipset, offering variants with 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, along with up to 256GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. MIUI 14, based on Android 13, ensures an optimized user experience.
9. Samsung Galaxy F34 5G: A Fresh Addition
Samsung is gearing up to introduce its Galaxy F34 5G, a new addition to the F-series, in India. Although an exact launch date has yet to be confirmed, the device’s design and crucial specifications have already been revealed. Reports suggest that the Galaxy F34 5G could potentially be a rebranded version of the Galaxy M34 5G, heralding exciting possibilities.
10. Realme 11 4G: Next in Line
Finally, the Realme 11 4G is expected to join the Indian smartphone market in August, building upon the momentum created by its predecessor. While it launched in Vietnam on July 31, its key specifications have already been leaked. Notable features include a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED 90Hz display, the Helio G99 SoC, dual rear cameras with a 108MP + 2MP configuration, a 16MP front camera, a 5000mAh battery, and 67W fast charging support.
In summary, August 2023 promises to be an exciting month for smartphone enthusiasts in India, with an array of highly anticipated launches on the horizon. Each device brings unique features and innovations, catering to a diverse range of preferences. Which smartphone are you most excited about? Let us know your thoughts!