2018 kick-started with a number of smartphone launches in the country. With the 18:9 display trend trickling into the new year, some of the highlights came from OnePlus which launched a new color variant of its 5T smartphone and Samsung which added a Galaxy smartphone to its lineup in a bid to take on the narrow bezel generation.
While most of the smartphones launched in January fall in the mid-range category, manufacturers including Karbonn and Smartron launched phones for the budget consumers. Premium makers continued to launch in the above Rs 30,000 price point, while some re-introduced refreshed versions of last year’s hits. Here’s a look at the top smartphones launched in India in January.
Samsung Galaxy On Nxt (16GB)
The first smartphone to launch in the month gone by, the Galaxy On Nxt had been available in only 32GB and 64GB storage, until now. The 16GB storage model made it to Flipkart at a price of Rs 10,999, and color choices of black and gold. The new model retains the specifications, which include a 5.5-inch full HD display, octa-core Exynos 7870 SoC, 3GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, Android Nougat-based TouchWiz UI, and 3,300mAh battery.
Karbonn Titanium Frames S7
In the budget category, Karbonn launched its Titanium Frame S7 smartphone. Priced at Rs 6,999, it comes with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based personal assistant named ‘Niki.AI’, which gives users the option to use services like payments, recharges, movie ticketing, health and home services through its channel partners. Key specifications include 13-megapixel front camera with a dedicated flash, 3,000mAh battery, and Android Nougat running out-of-the-box.
Adding to the dual-camera segment, the Honor View10 launched in India at a price of Rs 29,999. Positioned against the OnePlus 5T in the premium range, the View10 boasts a 5.99-inch full HD+ display with 18:9 display, 6GB of RAM paired with 128GB of internal storage, and a dual-camera setup with a combination of a 16-megapixel RGB sensor with 20-megapixel monochrome lens. It is one of the few phones running Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)
As part of its online-only range, Samsung introduced the Galaxy A8+ (2018) at Rs 32,990 in January. The phone boasts dual-cameras on front, 18.5:9 display, facial recognition feature, and 6GB of RAM. Unlike Honor or OnePlus, Samsung has added a combination of 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors up front for selfies with more depth. It also comes with Samsung Pay with MST technology, which allows you to tap-and-pay using your virtual credit or debit card, without swiping a physical one.
OnePlus 5T Lava Red
Continuing with its trend of introducing variants, OnePlus launched the new 5T Lava Red at Rs 37,999. The new color model retains all the core features, and specifications of the original model except that it is available only in 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. The company recently extended the buyback program to the OnePlus 5T, allowing you to exchange your old device for the new model and avail a discount on the final price.
Smartron t.phone P
Focused on battery, the Smartron t.phone P costs Rs 7,999. It is equipped with a 5.2-inch HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. As for the USP, the phone is fueled by a 5,000mAh battery.
Moto X4 (6GB RAM)
Launched first in November last year, Motorola re-introduced the Moto X4 last month packed with more RAM. With 6GB of RAM and Android Oreo running out-of-the-box, the new model costs Rs 24,999. Rest of the specifications of the phone remain the same – dual-camera setup at the back which consists of a 12-megapixel sensor paired with an 8-megapixel sensor. The camera has a 120-degree field-of-view and dual autofocus pixels for wider captures.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime
Samsung introduced its Galaxy On7 Prime in two storage variants – 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage, priced at Rs 12,990, and 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage, priced at Rs 14,990. Available in color choices of black and gold, the USP of the phone is Samsung Pay Mini feature. Introduced last year for budget phones, the feature allows you to transfer money using wallets by scanning the code. The phone also comes with a new Samsung Mall feature, which lets you search for items across multiple online stores in one app, and also have a unified cart with items across stores.
Another smartphone with a narrow bezel display, the Oppo A83 launched at a price of Rs 13,990. It features a 5.7-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution of 720×1440 pixels. It includes 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, and 3,090mAh battery. Interestingly, the front camera supports facial recognition for authentication.
Honor 9 Lite
The only smartphone in the list to include four cameras, the Honor 9 Lite launched in two storage variants. The 3GB RAM+32GB model costs Rs 10,999, while the 4GB RAM+64GB model is priced at Rs 14,999. The USP is undoubtedly dual-camera setup both at the front and back. The camera setup includes a combination of 13-megapixel primary sensor, and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The rear camera comes with PDAF autofocus and LED flash.
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